Training that lasts a lifetime.

Providing San Diego's best classical dance classes for 33 years. No competitions, world-renowned faculty, and the only local studio to offer exams evaluated by a panel of independent professionals.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Carmel Mountain with over 30 years of experience doing what we love.


Try a Class Now

Because ballet is not a one-size-fits-all, we want to have a conversation to ensure you or your child are attending the right dance classes for age and skill level. We will probably recommend an appropriate trial class to assess your child's level. New enrollments are accepted on a rolling basis.

Youth Academy Trial Class: $22

Adult Trial Class: $25


View our classes in ballet, character, jazz, modern, and hip hop.


Attend an event, such as our annual production of The Nutcracker or spring performance.


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Meet the Artistic Directors

Martha Leebolt & Toby Batley
In September 2017, Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley took the helm of Southern California Ballet as Artistic Directors. They returned to San Diego from Northern Ballet of Leeds, England, where they spent 15 and 12 years as principal dancers, respectively.

About Martha
Martha, an alumna of Black Mountain Dance Centre (now Southern California Ballet) under the direction of Sylvia Palmer-Zetler and Ahita Ardalan, joined Northern Ballet in 2001 where she rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer. The numerous roles created for her include Cleopatra in Claude-Michel Schonberg and David Nixon’s "Cleopatra," Daisy in "The Great Gatsby," Beauty in "Beauty and the Beast," Cinderella in "Cinderella," and Julia in the South Bank Award winning “1984” by Jonathan Watkins, which was filmed by the BBC for international broadcast.

Martha is a recipient of the Outstanding Female Classical Performance Award, 2010 and nominated in 2016, National Dance Awards, England; repeatedly included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers; guest artist around the world including at the 23rd International Ballet Festival, Havana, Cuba, and 2014 European Ballet Awards, Berlin.

About Toby
Born in Manchester, England, Toby trained at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester and the Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating, he joined the Jeune Ballet de Cannes in France under the direction of Paris Opera Etoile, Monique Loudiere, before joining Northern Ballet, England in 2004 and rising to the rank of principal dancer. Toby has danced most of the leading roles in Northern Ballet’s repertoire, many of which were created for him including Marc Anthony in David Nixon and Claude Michel Schonberg’s "Cleopatra," Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby," Prince Mikhail in "Cinderella," Charles Darnay in "A Tale of Two Cities” and Winston Smith in the Award winning ballet “1984.”

In 2010, Toby was nominated for the National Dance Award as well as in 2012, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Male Dancer;” he was repeatedly included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers. He has guested around the world including at The Royal Opera House, London; Salzburg Ballet, Salzburg; The Taglioni European Dance Awards, Berlin; BalletMet, Columbus as well as dancing on tour internationally with Northern Ballet.

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