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2016-2017 is The Studio's 40th year training dancers!
The Studio, School of Classical Ballet is the official academy of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. The academy has provided pre-professional classical ballet training to Santa Cruz County since 1976. Founding director, Jean Dunphy, formed the non-profit Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre to provide performance experience to her students. Directed by Diane Cypher and Robert Kelley since 1998, the school has trained hundreds of dancers over the years and has successfully prepared many for the field.
The directors lead a team of fully professional instructors who teach the professional aspirant and recreational student alike. Our academy offers distinct programs: Professional Training Program, Preparatory Ballet Program, Adult/Teen Program and our new Extended Dance Program, ensuring that no matter what your desires are, the school will meet your needs. Boys have their own Boys-Only class taught by Robert Kelley, and girls train en pointe when ability and age are appropriate. See our Programs page for more information.
Our official syllabus is based on the time-honored Vaganova teaching method, with influences from the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet syllabus, as well as our own extensive teaching experience. Both Directors have been teaching ballet for over thirty years. We pride ourselves in upholding the rigorous standards of training set forth by Regional Dance America, an organization of pre-professional ballet companies that Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is a proud member of.
We strive to instill a love of dance in each student, while preparing serious students with the rigorous training required for a career in classical ballet, should they possess the talent and work ethic necessary. Students are approached with respect, knowledge, professionalism, experience and are guided to their full potential. Our faculty has a vast knowledge of the physical, mental and artistic requirements of classical ballet, and it is our joy to instill that knowledge in each of our students. See the Alumni page for examples of our success.
Ballet training has been proven to develop cognitive thinking as well as physical fitness. Many of our students have overcome dyslexia, and some autism spectrum disorders have been minimized through our programs. Our programs develop self confidence, emotional maturity, spatial awareness, cooperation with others, self-awareness, organizational skills, determination, capacity for memorization, as well as the physical attributes of flexibility, strength, coordination, endurance, grace, agility, artistry, and students learn to understand the gratification of reaching long-term goals. A student with almost any type of body can learn how to become a lovely dancer, through commitment, determination and hard work. Whether our students wish to pursue a career in the professional field or not, they will take with them many important skills which will last a lifetime.
PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK March 27-April 1
Monday 2-5:00 pm
Tuesday 3-4:30 pm
Wed-Fri 3-5:00 pm
Registrar: Sandy Nelson
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION - includes brochures and forms
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