Kristen Potts and Phaedra Jarrett founded the Spokane Youth Ballet in 2010. Each of these women brought with them a history in the world of dance rich with experience and inspiration. This happy collaboration brought together two women with much in common. Both had lived and worked in the Bay Area of California, both had immigrated to Spokane recently, and both had a passion for the art of ballet. They felt that the young and talented dancers of the greater Spokane area needed high-quality performance opportunities in order to round out their training.
For their first production, they chose the famous fairytale The Dancing Princesses. It was presented in 2010 at the Central Valley Performing Arts Center with a cast of over sixty local ballet students and professional guest artists from Oregon Ballet Theatre. The ballet was such a success that Potts and Jarrett decided to present the ballet again in 2011 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. With enhanced sets and costumes and an even larger cast, The Dancing Princesses was performed for a packed house - all but six seats were sold. The performance was attended by a true cross-section of the community, seniors, adults, teens, children and the Mayor of Spokane, Mary Verner, and SYB’s angel and patron Dr. Elizabeth Welty.
SYB has produced a number of classical and contemporary ballets, including:
- Peter and the Wolf
- Sleeping Rosa
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Dancing Princesses
- Cindy Rella
- Alice in Wondrousland