The IAD Company provides committed dancers with challenging and exciting
performance opportunities in all forms of dance. With a focus on strong fundamentals
combined with a diverse and forward thinking approach,
we seek to inspire our students and unleash their creative potential.

IAD Company Dancers



We are delighted to announce the Santa Cruz Dance Guild has officially been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS and the State of California, as of November 17th, 2016. The SCDG has produced the Nutcracker at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater since 2012. The Guild continues to be housed at International Academy of Dance.

Upon recognition as a public charity, the SCDG is now open to receive fully tax deductible donations under IRC Section 170 and also qualified (qualifies) to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. EIN: 45-4713619

The Guild has offered over a hundred scholarships to students since 2012, including Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) families and children of the Rebele Family Shelter, in addition to numerous children and adults with financial need. SCDG holds firmly that learning to dance and sharing the joy of performance should be available to everyone regardless of financial ability.

Dance is more than dance… We work together, we learn together, we overcome limitations, we set goals, we aspire, we dream, we achieve, we create unity, we create friendships, we experience freedom and share our JOY! The discipline, art, and creation of dance is part of the rhythm and celebration of life itself and enables us to ascend to a higher path.

As of January 19th, 2017, the SCDG has expanded it’s vision to include two distinct dance companies offering outreach and expanded performing opportunities.

Santa Cruz City Ballet
Ballet Company

Soul Contemporary Dance
Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop & Tap Company

Artistic Director: Shannon Cullem-Chipman
Associate Director: Melissa Palumbo
Company Manager: Michelle Bjorkman
Associate Company Manager: Lana McAuliffe

Both Companies are based at the International Academy of Dance. Currently, Company artists, ages eight through adult, are preparing for upcoming performances. We look forward to the growth and advancement of these two new companies. Our enduring commitment to excellence and artistic progression and evolution of our dancers is paramount through quality dance and outreach performances throughout our community.

Santa Cruz City Ballet & Soul Contemporary Dance will hold auditions annually for aspiring and committed new members. Currently, both companies rehearse weekly with additional rehearsals scheduled as required.

We are grateful to everyone who is part of our vision. We look forward to creating more beauty, more laughter, more poise, more love and more JOY through dance!