Leading Central West Ballet since 2004, René Daveluy and Leslie Ann Larson, both professional dancers with long careers, have worked on establishing Central West Ballet as an emerging professional ballet company. In 2010, the organization moved into spacious studio and office spaces on Pentecost Drive, North Modesto. The company is complemented by the Central West Ballet Academy, which offers a full curriculum of classes from age 2 to adult, as well as home school options. Central West Ballet II (CWB II) was added in 2015 as a training ground with increased performance experience opportunities for serious dance students.
Central West Ballet is known for its high quality productions and versatile repertoire which covers classical, contemporary and popular entertainment styles. The company performs 3 to 4 productions during a season spanning from September to May, including a two week run of The Nutcracker. Additional performances and events may include touring, fundraising, grant related events and outreach programs. Under Artistic Director René Daveluy, the company has performed ballets by internationally known choreographers such as Ronn Guidi, Val Caniparoli and George Balanchine, as well as the essential classical full-lengths Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty. Central West Ballet has also performed full length ballets by Mr. Daveluy; Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula.