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About Sierra Nevada Ballet

Sierra Nevada Ballet has been performing in Northern Nevada since 2001. Currently the organization has an artistic staff of 29 dancers and 10 Trainees, a professional teaching staff, a production staff of five, and an administrative staff of 3. Up to 30 volunteers serving more than 200 hours per year enable Sierra Nevada Ballet to entertain more than 10,000 residents and tourists annually including 4,000 school children. Sierra Nevada Ballet receives funding for its educational outreach and public performances from a wide range of institutions and donors. SNB is one of only four arts organizations in the state to receive a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2015.

Sierra Nevada Ballet offers a full season of performances from May through December in an 800-square mile service region extending from northeastern California to northwestern Nevada. We offer a professional Academy of Dance, training students in classic ballet utilizing the American Ballet Theater’s nationally recognized national training curriculum. SNB serves a critical need in the region and has grown in popularity and in artistry over its first fourteen years. The Sierra Nevada Ballet Board has approved a ten-year plan to include the employment of its dancers and staff for an extended contract period of 10 months per year.

The History behind Sierra Nevada Ballet

SNB Founding Director, Rosine Bena, was instrumental in the birth of dance events at Reno’s Wingfield Park in 1995/96 with “Ballet by the River”. This was the corner stone of the dance component part of what would later become Reno’s month long celebration of the arts, ARTOWN. Bena and the SNB Board saw a great need for quality dance productions and education in this community. The area had many dance schools but offered little opportunity for dancers to continue on in the professional arena. In March of 2001 Bena, and a group of dedicated and supportive dance devotees officially started Sierra Nevada Ballet.

SNB is made up of professional dancers from Nevada and from other areas of the country augmented by talented trainees and apprentices from the northern Nevada community.  SNB includes talented student dancers from the area in many productions that call for children’s roles.

SNB Director, Rosine Bena, is fully certified in the ABT national ballet curriculum and acts as one of the ABT ambassadors for the curriculum.

In 2010, she joined the ABT staff officially and was a master teacher at two of their 5 national summer ballet workshops. Bena directs the ballet program at WNPAC and it is the officially affiliated school of Sierra Nevada Ballet.

SNB has expanded it’s performance component to include performances throughout the year in Reno, Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia City with plans underway to include a small tour of rural Nevada. SNB performs annually as part of Reno’s ARTOWN Festival and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

SNB’s Educational Component is made up of: a Trainee/Apprentice Program; an Educational Outreach Program; a Dancing In The Schools Program; a Young Choreographer Program; Ballet Intensive Workshops and an Educational Lecture series.

SNB continues to expand to encourage a) talented students to remain in the area to pursue their careers and b) others to come to this area to take advantage of the cultural enrichment. SNB is dedicated to increasing audiences for dance through both education and exposure to high-caliber, entertaining programs designed to please all ages. Dance has something for everyone. SNB is determined to touch the hearts of our Reno/Tahoe/Carson population.

Meet Our Staff & Board


Rosine Bena

Artistic Director

Ananda Bena-Weber

Advisory Board

Lee Weber-Koch

Advisory Board

Barbara Land

Advisory Board

Adela Clara

Advisory Board

Vicki Macmaster

Advisory Board

Steve Porter

President / Treasurer

Lidia Stiglich

Board Member

Steve Porter

Board Member

Laurie Bertero

Executive Assistant

Lina Tanner

Board Member

Joe Lesar

Board Member

Gina Nelson

Board Member

Stewart Chiefet

Board Member

Cathy Mercer

Admin Liaison

Nancy Ghusn

Board Member

Sierra Nevada Ballet photographers

Rachel Chipp

RND Creative Marketing

Dana Nollsh


Mark Rauh

Rauh Photography