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Summer keeps dancers on their toes at OC’s Southland Ballet Academy

By June 4, 2015November 30th, 2015Orange County

There are still a few spots available in SBA’s acclaimed summer program, if you have a dancer in the family. Both the International Summer Intensive, for ages 11 to 20, and the Junior Summer Intensive, ages 9 to 12, are fantastic opportunities.

The programs are among the many advantages young SBA dancers enjoy, including roles in the Nutcracker held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, as well as fall and spring recitals, such as the upcoming performance June 6 and 7th, entitled Grand Defilé with dancers including the lovely Apolline Dacheux above (for recital tickets, click here)

International Summer Intensive August 3 – 14, 2015 – Fountain Valley

Designed for male and female dancers, ages 11 to 20, Southland Ballet’s Summer Intensive is dedicated to excellence in training the aspiring professional dancer. During this extensive program, students, divided into professional, advanced and intermediate levels, are offered the rare opportunity to benefit under the guidance and expertise of internationally known Ballet Masters. Curriculum: ballet technique, pointe, variations, character, modern, jazz, pilates and pas de deux.

2015 Summer Intensive Faculty includes:

Christopher Powney, Artistic Director, The Royal Ballet School, UK

Larissa Saveliev, Founder and Artistic Director of Youth America Grand Prix

Didy Veldman, World-Renowned Choreographer

Gennadi Saveliev, Former Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

Yuri Fateyev, Acting Director, Mariinsky Ballet

Gioia Masala, Former Soloist, Ballets De Monte Carlo and Instructor, Princess Grace Academy

Misha Tchoupakov, Former Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet

Alexander Kalinin, Character Ballet Master

Junior Summer Intensive. August 3 – August 14, 2015 – Irvine

This two-week program, ages 9 to 12, is designed for the pre-pointe and beginning pointe ballet student looking for serious training. The program builds strength for pointe, and prepares the student for advanced movement. Guest Faculty may join with our staff in conducting some of the classes. Curriculum: ballet technique, pre-pointe/beginning pointework, variation, character, modern, jazz and pilates.

Festival Ballet Theatre & Southland Ballet Academy

Fountain Valley Studio –  9527 Garfield Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Irvine Studio – 710 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620

714.962.5440 | 949.757.1936

More about Southland Ballet Academy, the official school of Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT).

SBA students have the opportunity to audition to dance in children’s roles in FBT’s productions. These have included our annual Nutcracker Ballet and other full-length story ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake. Additionally, our dancers work with cutting-edge contemporary choreographers and learn to stretch their artistic boundaries.

Southland Ballet was founded in 1983 by Salwa Rizkalla, and since opening its doors, the school has acquired a national and international reputation, and has played a prominent role in grooming world-class dancers while nurturing the love of dance in its Orange County home.  Since opening in its modest, one-room facility, the school has grown to feature eight state-of-the-art studios in two locations.


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