No, Virginia, There Is No Oakland Ballet

The impact of a ballet company’s closure can be difficult to measure, but when the holiday season rolls around, it isn’t hard to quantify the loss. “Thousands of children who live in the East Bay from Livermore, Pleasanton, Concord, Fremont, Richmond and most of all, Oakland, have come to the Paramount Theater on Broadway for at least 30 years to get their first taste of a live ballet performance. [But] until there is an Oakland Ballet Company there can’t be an Oakland Nutcracker… Sorry, Virginia, but the world is full of disappointments.”