Southland Ballet Academy
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.
The school offers ballet instruction, as well as classes in jazz, hip hop, and tap for students aged 3 thru adult; in a positive, creative atmosphere. Students are schooled in the classical tradition, as well as in contemporary styles. Dancers are placed in classes at levels that match their age and experience, and the program offers classes in character, stretch, pointe, and for boys. The curriculum also provides opportunities to explore partnering and musicality.
Our 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.
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