Festival Ballet Theatre’s 8th Annual Gala of the Stars Welcomes Today’s Brightest Ballet Stars to Orange County

Salwa Rizkalla, Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), is proud to announce the 8th Annual Gala of the Stars, Orange County’s International Ballet Festival, on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 6:00pm. Held at Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California, this event showcases international artists from some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies, along with FBT’s own accomplished resident dancers.

“This performance gives Orange County audiences the rare opportunity to see renowned artists share the same stage, for one night only, in an intimate setting,” states Rizkalla.

Festival Ballet Theatre: Gala of the Stars

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 6pm

Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Box Office
: (949) 854-4646
Tickets: $75; $60

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Guest Artists

Lorena Feijoo, San Francisco Ballet
Vitor Luiz, San Francisco Ballet
Jamie Kopit, American Ballet Theatre, FBT alumna
Patrick Frenette, American Ballet Theatre
Lauren Cuthbertson, Royal Ballet (UK)
Eric Underwood, Royal Ballet (UK)
Xander Parish, Mariinsky Theatre
Skylar Brandt, American Ballet Theatre
Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre
Amy Aldridge, Pennsylvania Ballet
Andrew Veyette, New York City Ballet

Additional Guest Artists will be announced soon.

Guest Artists may be subject to change.

Festival Ballet Theatre is pleased to present this amazing night in association with Youth America Grand Prix.

Events Around the Gala
The events scheduled around the Gala include:

Welcome The Stars Reception

Thursday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $150

Held at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California. Attendees will meet and greet the amazing stars and enjoy a delicious buffet, complete with wine and champagne.


Pre-Gala Reception
Friday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Hors-d'oeuvres and wine will be served in the exclusive Jade Room at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Post-Gala Dinner and Dance

Friday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m.
Guests can enjoy an evening with the stars following the Gala performance at The Waterfront Beach Resort.


The Inspired Young Dancers Performance
Friday, August 14 at 1:00pm
Tickets: $20, $30

This performance showcases the technical and artistic growth of dancers from around the world as they prepare to become the stars of tomorrow. It features students who take part in the International Summer Intensive program put on by Southland Ballet Academy (SBA), the official school of Orange County’s Festival Ballet Theatre, which was founded by Rizkalla in 1983.

Students in the program are offered the opportunity to learn under the guidance and expertise of internationally known ballet masters such as Christopher Powney, Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet School and Larissa Saveliev, Founder and Artistic Director of Youth America Grand Prix, among others.

For more information on tickets and updates on confirmed dancers for this year’s Gala, as well as related programs and events, please visit


Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT)

Founded in 1988 by Salwa Rizkalla, Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to present works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet, offering cultural awareness of dance through educational programs, and nurturing a creative environment for choreographers and some of Orange County’s most talented dancers.

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