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Sacramento Ballet Company calls it a comeback with hit Carmina Burana.

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Dancer Amanda Peet stretches before her performance. Peet has spent 8 of her 9 years as a professional ballerina with the Sacramento Ballet Company. She has big dreams and is willing to sacrifice much of her social life and family time to rehearse. Her advice to young dancers: “do it because you and only you love it, take it one step at a time.”

Ensemble cast

Melissa Sandvig has been a dancer for 25 years. Her dance career sky rocketed after her appearance on Fox’s, So you think you can dance(season 5) and was the first ever classically trained ballerina to appear on the show. Melissa’s advice to young dancers: “Aim for perfection, but never expect it.”

Director/Choreographer Ron Cunningham and his wife Carrine Binda are celebrating their 22nd season with SBC. The tight knit troupe looks to Ron not only for direction, but as a mentor and nurturer of their skills. The company is coming off of a noteably rocky season last year, and has already seen an 80% renewal of season ticket holders, as well as 700 new subscribers, quite a comeback.

The cast of Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana-A celebration of life, love and compelling choreography.

Male cast members of Carmina Burana

"Focus"- Female cast members taking a brief break before the final run through.  Opening night is Thursday March 25th, 2010 at the Community Center Theatre.

“On Pointe”- Ballet dancers spend 6 to 8 hours a day, 6 days per week on their toes. Many suffer through arduous practices, and are still able to look beautiful while doing it.

Veteran dancer Melissa Sandvig and her partner.

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