San Pedro Ballet School
San Pedro Ballet School offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop dance for dancers of all ages (18mos.-adult). In addition, exercise classes such as yoga and Zumba are offered for adults.
All students have the opportunity to perform in the school’s annual summer recital every June. This exciting production features costumes, music, and professional lighting, and is held at the historic Warner Grande Theater in San Pedro. Most rehearsals are held during regular classes (starting at the intermediate level, dancers may need to attend additional rehearsals).
Students age five and up are invited to participate in the San Pedro City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. This magical production has been a staple of the South Bay community for over 20 years, and features lavish costumes and set design as well as guest appearances by professional dancers. Auditions are held in September and dancers must attend weekly rehearsals in addition to regular classes.
Our most well-known former student is Misty Copeland. In 2007, she made history by becoming the third African American female Soloist and the first in two decades at the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland was discovered by Cindy Bradley as a 13-year-old through one of San Pedro City Ballet’s outreach programs. She writes, “This program changed the trajectory of my life. Because of San Pedro City Ballet’s mission of bringing ballet to the Los Angeles community, I was trained in four short years to go on to dance with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, America’s National Ballet Company.”
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