Our Company


Artistic Director and Choreographer

Sharon Sobel Idul

A Pittsburg native, Sharon began her ballet training at age 3 through the City of Pittsburg, then studied under Helga Ishikata at Delta Ballet Academy from age 7 to 18. Sharon was the recipient of the 2004 Jason Robins Dance Scholarship and holds a degree in Dance from Cal State University Long Beach, where she studied under many accomplished dance educators and choreographers.

She has since danced with numerous companies throughout the Bay Area, including Peninsula Ballet Theatre and Lowe Ballet. She is currently teaching dance at Pittsburg High School while pursuing her Masters in Education. Sharon is the owner of Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy (formerly Delta Ballet Academy) located in Old Town Pittsburg. Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, vocal, and piano lessons.

Company Mission

Black Diamond Ballet is dedicated to providing professional dance performances to the public; and young dancers the opportunity to learn from, and dance with professional dancers. Students learn through participation and observation: experiencing dance movement and theory in a safe and nurturing environment.


Get to Know Black Diamond Ballet

Quality Ballet Productions for East County

Ever since 2009, Black Diamond Ballet has captivated the hearts of audiences from all over the Bay Area. Black Diamond Ballet offers full-length productions of the Nutcracker. At Black Diamond Ballet, our audience is our family, and we go out of our way to showcase the talents of local dancers. 

Delta Children’s Ballet Theatre DBA Black Diamond Ballet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (FEIN# 68-0222952)

Black Diamond Ballet was created in 2009 by founders Michael Lowe and Sharon Sobel Idul upon realizing the need for a professional ballet company in East Contra Costa County. BDB is the first professional ballet company to proudly call the historic Pittsburg Creative Arts Building home. In 2009, the company debuted with its rendition of the Nutcracker, followed by Lowe’s excerpts from Romeo and Juliet in May 2010. 

In 2012, after a 2-year hiatus for theater renovations, Idul returned as Artistic Director, and BDB took to the stage once again in the beautifully transformed 1,850-seat theater, in its full-length production of the Nutcracker. This year's show features professional dancers from Pittsburg to the South Bay, across North America to Europe, accompanied by nearly 40 locally trained student ballet trainees from all over the Bay Area. 

Black Diamond Ballet remains dedicated to the community through its outreach programs with local elementary schools, public appearances, fundraising events, and our local retirement and senior communities.


Our Board of Directors

Delta Children's Ballet Theatre DBA Black Diamond Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.          

Our Tax ID is # 68-0222952

Anne Byrne


Marian Malasig


Theodore Rios





(925) 318-5333


329 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, CA 94565, USA

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Tax ID # 68-0222952