ABOUT BALLET THEATRE
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo (BT-SLO) was created from the passions and talents of their two founders: Theresa Slobodnik and Blair London. Learn more about Theresa and Blair here.
Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo was born
BT-SLO began partnering with American Dance of SLO
BT-SLO helped to establish Dance Obispo (DO)
For 4 years, DO was the for-profit dance school and BT-SLO was the nonprofit performing company. Until DO moved on to other endeavors and closed.
BT-SLO expanded its nonprofit mission to include a dance school in addition to the performing company
After moving to a couple of temporary spaces, BT-SLO found its permanent studio at our current location on Higuera St.
BT-SLO is single 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (ID: 20-8393945) with two major functions:
Our School offers dance instruction to train and inspire all ages of dancers and artists. Our classes are based on the fundamental techniques of ballet and dance. Students learn how the body works to produce dance movement. We welcome dancers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
We bring artistry to every class.
We are passionate about ballet,
We believe each class can be a performance.
Learn more about our class offerings, see our schedule, and start dancing with us!
PERFORMING BALLET COMPANY
Our Performing Ballet Company has produced a wide range of original ballets and ballets from the classical repertoire. Our goal is to perfect what we present on the stage and remain true to the 300+ year tradition of telling stories on stage through dance and performance.
We believe everyone should experience the exhilaration of being a part of a professional ballet! We proudly provide opportunities for all dancers to perform meaningful work in real theaters.
Learn all about our Production Company, Performance Groups, past works, and how to get started.
MEET THE TEAM
Ballet Director, School of BT-SLO
Artistic Director & Choreographer, BT-SLO Performing Company
Theresa Slobodnik is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she received her early ballet training. In San Luis Obispo she studied closely with legends Gilbert & Sydna Reed.
Theresa danced professionally for Cuesta College Dance Theatre, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, The Gilbert Reed Ballet Chamber Dancers, Pacific Repertory Opera/Opera SLO, Deyo Dances, SLO Master Chorale and The Gilbert Reed Ballet (GRB, 1993–2003) where she also served as Assistant Director.
Theresa and her husband John live in San Luis Obispo, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Ms. Terry believes in teaching the classical fundamentals of ballet technique along with creating a challenging and artistic class for all her students.
Director, School of BT-SLO
Assistant Director, BT-SLO
Blair London began studying folk dance in his early years and he has been studying ballet since his college days.
Blair has performed as part of San Francisco’s International Folk Ballet: Khadra and dance companies in St. Louis. In San Luis Obispo. He was part of a select dance troupe invited to perform in Russia in 2002 under the direction of Lisa Deyo and performed countless roles for BT-SLO.
Blair is also a Professor of Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. Blair and his wife Cindy live in San Luis Obispo and have 2 children.
Blair aims to impart the joy and beauty of expressing all kinds of music through classical ballet movements.
Brianna, a San Luis Obispo native, began studying ballet with Miss Terry and Gilbert and Sydna Reed at age 5. She has performed lead roles with the Gilbert Reed Ballet and BT-SLO. In addition to performing, Brianna has experience as a choreographer and director for the UCSC dance team’s annual showcase. Outside of ballet, Brianna enjoys salsa and ballroom dancing and has placed in high-level Latin ballroom competitions (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso double, jive) .
Brianna works as a physical therapist treating orthopedic and vestibular conditions. She and her husband, Robert, feel fortunate to be able to raise their son in San Luis Obispo close to family, nature and a wonderful community of the arts.
Brianna loves sharing movement and dance with others as a way to find joy, connection, expression and healing.
Sage has been dancing with BT-SLO since 2012. They have a background in ballet, contemporary, swing/ballroom, and modern including a bachelor's in dance from Ursinus College. As a company dancer, Sage has held lead roles as the Wolf in Gilbert Reed's "Peter and the Wolf", the titled role in Theresa's Slobodnik's "Snow Queen", lead monster in Gilbert Reed's "Firebird", and many more.
Mary-Kate started dancing and performing with Ballet Theater San Luis Obispo at age 10 and continued through high school. She began studying Kinesiology at Cuesta College and became a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM. She continues to feed her passion for movement by assisting clients with proper body mechanics as she now works as a Physical Therapist Aide and personal trainer. She is back taking classes at Ballet Theater and cherishes every moment she gets to dance. As a company dancer, Mary-Kate has held principal roles as the Partridge in a Pear Tree in Theresa Sloboodnik's "The 12 Days of Christmas", a lead role in Gilbert Reed's "A Christmas Carole", and many more.
Justin danced professionally for 20 years in San Francisco, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado, with tours to Portugal, Denmark, and Scotland. Some of his favorite ballets are Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake. When not dancing or working, he enjoys running, reading, movies, the beach, and cookies.
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Roeh Quisao began dancing for BT-SLO as a middle school student in the mid-2000s. After a long dance hiatus where she focused on growing a successful tech career in San Francisco, Roeh has returned to the studio and stage. She is a proud company dancer for Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo and now works locally in the hospitality industry She lives with her husband Nick, an active supporter of the company, and bunny rabbit Chibi.
Roeh loves storytelling through written language, visuals/graphic design, and (of course) ballet.