Ballet Mistress


Judith Sharp, Ballet Mistress

Ms. Sharp became the ballet mistress for the Company in 1988, and teaches for the Pre-Professional Division of the California Ballet School. In the early years of the CBC, she performed as a friend in Coppelia Act II and in The Nutcracker. She has also been an instructor for the U.C. San Diego Department of Theater and Dance since 1984. Ms. Sharp trained and performed with the San Diego Ballet Company under the direction of Nancy Johnson and Richard Carter, and later, Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski.

After studying at American Ballet Theatre in New York, she went on to receive a degree in Ballet from the Indiana University School of Music in 1976. Judith has taught and choreographed in southern California including San Diego Ballet, Ballet Society of San Diego and U.C. Irvine. She served on the board of directors for the San Diego Dance Alliance for four years, and coordinated the bi-monthly Performing Arts Lab.

Her interest in choreography began at IU where her first ballet, Danse a Cinq, was selected for the dance touring program. As a vehicle for choreographic opportunities she co-directed San Diego Dance Designs (1988-1991), producing several programs of original ballets utilizing local grants, often sponsoring other artists. Her choreographic awards include 2nd place for Harmonic Study (1987) and 1st place for Lyric Trio (1993) at CBC’s Annual Choreographer’s Concerts, which Judith often coordinated; 1st place the ballet category and grand prize in the Second Annual International Dance Competition held in Tijuana, Mexico for her trio Allegro. Nine of her ballets are in the CBC repertory: Spanish Serenades, Bach Suite, Lyric Trio, Pan’s Pursuits, Nebulous, Out of the Blues, One for All, Pas au Poulenc and Dedication.