City Ballet COVID-19 Update

Updated Monday, June 29, 2020

These are unprecedented times.

The health and safety of you, our patrons, students, dancers, staff, and stakeholders are of the utmost importance to us.

We, at City Ballet, are diligently monitoring the information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the San Diego County Public Health Services., as well as the national/international dance community regarding responses to the global pandemic, referred to as novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

City Ballet School and Company rescheduled or canceled some productions and events, while some classes are reinstated with modifications in accordance to the County of San Diego guidelines.


In Person Classes, are reinstated as of June 22 for Dance Camps and Adult Classes. The number of students in each class is limited. Mask wearing, temperature check, social distancing and frequent hand washing is required. Call City Ballet at 858-274-6058 for more information.


Summer Intensive, scheduled to start on Monday, July 27 and run through August 14, is cancelled. This decision was made in an abundance of caution given recent COVID-19 developments both nationally and locally. With students coming from across the United States, not just San Diego, the Summer Intensive would pose too high of a health risk. Also, the students would spend multiple hours in the studios in back-to-back classes, the logistics of conducting the Summer Intensive would be challenging. With the increasing COVID-19 infections across the United States, the situation necessitates we cancel this year’s Summer Intensive, a first in 26 years! But we must do this keeping in mind: “Safety first”. All deposits and tuition payments made by students enrolled in the Summer Intensive will be refunded. Additionally, with the cancelation of the Summer Intensive, there will be no Master Classes offered or the free August 14th performance at Spreckels Theatre.

Continuing via remote attendance

  • Monthly Board of Directors meetings via conference call
  • Gala Committee meetings via conference call
  • Classes for the Discover a Dancer program for at risk children


Romeo and Juliet, previously set for May 8-10, is scheduled to take place November 6-8, 2020 at Spreckels Theatre unless local restrictions prevent us from performing. All ticket holders for Romeo and Juliet will have their same seats for the production in November.

Ticket Holders

As a valued member of our City Ballet family, you can appreciate the impact these adjustments can have on our financial health. As a nonprofit arts organization, City Ballet resources are put to the test during a civil emergency like this one. If you can’t attend the re-scheduled performances of Romeo and Juliet, we are asking you to consider giving your tickets to friends or donating the cost of your tickets as a gift to City Ballet, for which we will gratefully issue you a tax receipt. In recognition of your generous support, your name will be listed in our programs throughout the 2020-2021 season.

In The Mean Time…

Some employees are working remotely, however, one staff member will maintain limited office hours for phone calls and emails on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6:30pm. We ask that class inquires be sent to and ticketing questions be sent to and other general questions be sent to

On behalf of everyone at City Ballet – dancers, musicians, staff and faculty – we truly appreciate your investment in City Ballet. Together we can ensure City Ballet will be here to provide its artistry with the community when this crisis is over.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now to assist City Ballet during this difficult time.

Donate now!

We are wishing all of you good health and the stamina to weather this storm. And, as soon as we are able, we will be back to performing and sharing this art we hold so dear. In the meantime, watch for our weekly emails as we will share special moments from past performances and other exclusive content via our social media pages, Facebook and Twitter, because we know that dance has the power to transport us, if only for a moment, to a place of peace and joy. That is what we all need more of right now.

Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, Directors and Jo Anne Emery, Managing Director

Stay Healthy

The Centers for Disease Control recommends:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet)
  • Wear a face covering when around others than your household
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces

The Centers for Disease Control’s full recommendations can be found here.


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