In Performance 2021

Sunday, June 26, 2021

Ventura County Ballet presents “Dance Through A Contemporary Lens”

Program Lineup

Staged at the Namba Performing Arts Space, Ventura County Ballet presents contemporary repertoire by local choreogrampher Emi Pool. Ventura County Ballet offers a look at the future of dance; Featured contemporary dancers are Aadhya Bavkar, Olive Kranzler and McKenna Parcher in Seguidilla with Harp, accompanied by Anya Hess; and Miranda Aguilar, Kranzler and Nika Wallach in 3 Ballerinas.

The eclectic program also includes award-winning Ventura visual artist, playwright and poet Frances Spencer. A member of Working Artists Ventura, Spencer shares a sample of her works across a variety of media.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ventura County Ballet presents “The Classics”

Ventura County Ballet is delighted to return to the stage with two FREE streaming performances celebrating iconic ballet classics and fresh, new contemporary and neoclassical choreography. The talented dancers of our pre-professional division are joined live on stage by an array of local musicians. Our programs also offer a glimpse into the future of dance with pieces featuring junior company members from our official school, Ballet Academy Ventura.

“With the pandemic largely behind us now, Ventura County Ballet is ready to emerge. Our community, as well as those beyond our borders, need an infusion of beauty into their lives. These two free performances are a gift to our audiences. We are pleased to collaborate with Namba Performing Arts Space to show that dance has stayed alive through these difficult times,” said Kathleen Noblin, VCB Executive Director.” And, we can’t wait to dance before you live again soon.”

Program Lineup

Staged at the Namba Performing Arts Space, Ventura County Ballet presents beloved classical repertoire by local choreographer Marina Fliagina Local musicians Rob Allen (guitar), Mikaela Telesforo (violin) and Anya Hess (harp) accompany several pieces live on stage.

Featured dancers are Alyssia Troutman in “Pas d’Action” from La Bayadere by Minkus; Olivia Roman in the “Kitri” variation from Minkus’ Don Quixote with Kitri’s friends Emma Steiner and Ella Hoyt; and Ella Ullrich, Quinn Ferguson and Caroline Marsden in the “Golden Apple” variation from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The “L’ Aurore” and “La Travail” variations from Delibes’ classical ballet Coppelia are danced by Sylvie Watts, 12, and Abigail Steiner, 13, respectively, students of Ballet Academy Ventura. Miranda Aguilar, 14, dances the “Polka” from Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, accompanied virtually by piano prodigy Dianna Kerze. Ballet Academy Ventura is the official school of Ventura County Ballet.

Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021


Hosts Doc Ventura, Cathy Butter and Gary Best bring you performances by:

  • Dev Dance Theater – Artistic Director Devin Fulton.
  • Aaron Burch – Singer-Songwriter.
  • Ventura Improv Company – Featuring Andy DeVore, Amy Nash, Amanda Armitage, Jesse Armitage, Travis Greer and Gary Best.

Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021


  • Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers – Original roots and blues music that is so accessible it make is easy to tap your toes.
  • Wendy Castellanos – Wendy Castellanos dances an Alegrias with Flamenco piano accompaniment.
  • Ventura Improv Company – Featuring Becky Haycox, Talia Savren-McCormick, Shana Sharp and David Sharp.
  • Ventura County Ballet and Megill & Co.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

#ShareTheLove II

  • Ventura Improv Company
    with Tom Mueller, Judy Gottlieb, Jesse Conway, Shana Sharp, David Sharp, Katherine Kasmir and Gary Best.
  • Cam Kimbrough
    Mississippi Bluesman
  • Apocalyptica
    Choreographed by Janine Ames
    with Janine Ames, Cathy Butter, Brittney DeAlba, Meredith Lee,Tiffany Monroe and Eboni Payne
  • Come My Way
    Choreographed by Eboni Payne
    with Meredith Lee and Eboni Payne
  • Citizen Kitten presents Jazz Noir
  • Social Distancing
    Directed by Heather Castillo
    Performed and Choreographed by Cal State University Channel Islands Jazz Dance Students

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021

Share the Love Dance: Cathy Butter
Share the Love Comedy: Gary Best and Becky Haycox

NAMBA Performing Arts Space, Inc. announces a new bi-weekly presentation of music, dance, and theater; ‘IN PERFORMANCE’ Live features music, dance and comedy theater navigated by three local performing arts professionals; Doc Ventura of Delta Blues Band, Cathy Butter of Aloft Dance Theatre and Ventura College Dance and Gary Best of Ventura Improv.

“It’s time to re-engage our enthusiasm for performing artists,” said Tamara Varney, Chair of the Board of Directors at NAMBA. “The pandemic took the audience and the performer out of the theater, but the muse cannot be crushed. Until we are able to congregate, NAMBA will continue to support performers via our digital streaming platform ‘IN PERFORMANCE’”.

The ‘IN PERFORMANCE’ streaming series kick-starts the return of Namba’s thriving arts community. Each discipline, curated by a seasoned professional, will explore little-known and must-see nuances in a voyage of discovery for each show. Host Doc Ventura plans a production where ‘the music flows smartly, the vibe is unique, and the showmanship superb’. Doc will be joined by Cathy Butter and Gary Best to bring dance movement and laughter into your rooms.