Classical Ballet Academy

Classical Ballet Academy

32 years in business

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Southern California's premier ballet academy offering professional training to ages 4-adults. Classical Ballet Academy teaches the Vaganova/Russian method and is a family owned and operated business. Instructors are steady and the training provided guarantees progress and fast results. Instructors have over 16 and 35 years of teaching experience, teaching classes to young children through to professionals. We also offer Floor Barre, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux and Chorepgraphy classes.

We love ballet! Teaching our love for dance and passion for quality technique and artistry is what we do.

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Altadena, CA 91001
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students are welcome to observe, take an existing class or a private placement class. This is usually determined by the instructor based off of prior training and age. Instructors will work with new students and quickly assess their level and capacity. New students may need a private lesson if enrolling after the start of a session to quickly catch them up on the curriculum being taught.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

All instructors have professional ballet training and teacher's training with experience teaching dance at montessori schools and private academic schools.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our Tuition rates are based off of your level placements and how many classes taken per week. Students taking the required classes for their level recieve a discounted tuition.

How did you get started teaching?

Crystal Peterson - Founder and owner started teaching after professional ballet career and first child in the late 70's to early 80's in New York under Zena Rommett. After moving to California in the mid 80's, Classical Ballet Academy was born.

Star Peterson - Daughter of Crystal started teaching at 16 yrs old under an intensive 2 year teachers training program.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have experience teaching all ages and all levels. Past students are graduates of prestigious ivy league schools and others have went on to professional dancing careers. Figure skaters, gymnasts and other atheletes will attend our classes to enhance their performance and to gain greater awareness of their bodies. We also have teen and adult students who have started their ballet training later in life and enjoy classes because of the care and quality we provide.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Last year we took a trip to Hawaii to witness the marriage of a long time student. We get to know the families and they become our family and we are so blessed because of that. We have known this student since she was 4 and to see her on her wedding day all grown up will always remain a fond memory for us.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Pictures of their students can say a thousand words. Experience outweighs credetntials and finding the right type of training to suit your needs is essential (there are various teaching methods).

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about the big picture and what you wish to achieve in 3 months, not 3 days. Your needs are usually met under thoughtful guidance and training through steady attendance and a positive/ can do attitude.

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