This 20-member ensemble blends classical and contemporary works, along with educational programs. EBC is one of only two northwest companies on the roster of the Western States Arts Federation touring program which has, for six years, been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts dance company program.
Educational programs are also a focus of EBC activities, including affiliations with Young Audiences Inc. (over 50 performances annually), the Lincoln Center Project, the Washington State cultural enrichment program and Artist-In-Education programs promoted through local and regional arts councils.
The Company's repertoire includes many full length ballets ranging from classics from the romantic period, such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, to more contemporary pieces, such as Pimble's Alice In Wonderland, Children of the Raven, and Charles Bennett's Dracula. Many half-program pieces choreographed by Pimble and other choreographers including Jessica Lang, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Lynda Martha, Bruce Marks, Charles Bennett and Vasilli Sulich. Recent collaborations include Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Pink Martini, Floydian Slips, and Curtis Salgado.
The company was founded in 1978. Originally the vision of Toni Pimble and Riley Grannan started as an ensemble presenting regular performing seasons at local high schools. When the Hult Center opened in 1982, Eugene Ballet Company hired professional management to focus on artistic direction.
The Eugene Ballet operates the Eugene Ballet Academy in a refurbished building converted into studios and offices in 2006, The Midtown Arts Center, which provides office space for other non-profit arts organizations at reduced rates in order to foster and strengthen local and regional culture.