Summer Masterclass Series

Company level dancers

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About

This summer, Southern California Ballet will be hosting a series of afternoon masterclasses especially for Company level dancers.

Masterclasses will be taught by SCB faculty and a number of special guest teachers.

Cost

The cost of this series will be $240 per week

How It Works

If Company do not wish to take part in the masterclasses, regular tuition can be paid and an adjusted schedule has been made. The adjusted schedule includes specific Senior Summer Intensive classes, Adult level classes, and Intermediate level evening classes.

Dancers who wish to do the masterclass series as well as the adjusted company schedule, may pay an additional $40 on top of the $240 per week to take both. 

Those who would like to participate in both the older intensive summer program and masterclass series (lasting from 9- 4 approx.) receive a 50% discount on the one-week cost (reg. $240 reduced to $120) of the older intensive program each week that they participate in both.

Masterclass only: $240 per week

Masterclass & Adjusted class schedule: $280 per week

Masterclass & Senior intensive: $360 per week

Dates & Times

Times: The classes will be held from 1:00 or 1:30 pm until 4:00 or 4:30 pm (approx), Monday through Friday. 

Weeks

Week One: July 9-13

Week Two: July 16-20

Week Three: July 23-27

Faculty

Masterclass Teachers

We are very excited to announce our guest teachers to date.* Masterclass teachers include:

Week one july 9-13

  • Britney Taylor - currently Malashock Dance Company
  • Nancy RobinsonSCB staff, formerly San Francisco Ballet and Joffrey Ballet
  • Isaiah Bindel - formerly dawsondancesf, currently California Ballet
  • Zaquia Mahler Salinas Jean Isaac's San Diego Dance Theater

Week Two July 16-20

  • Jennie Morton - former dancer in English National Ballet (Festival Ballet), England, currently professor at the Colburn School, adjunct faculty in the College of the Performing Arts at Chapman University
  • Stephania ReyArtistic Director and Founder of Sabor Andaluz and India Andaluz Dance Companies
  • Isaiah Bindel - formerly dawsondancesf, currently California Ballet
  • Stephanie Maiorano San Diego Ballet

Week Three july 23-27

  • Jennie Morton - former dancer in English National Ballet (Festival Ballet), England, currently professor at the Colburn School, adjunct faculty in the College of the Performing Arts at Chapman University
  • Ahita Ardalan- formerly Paris Opera Ballet and Ballet de Monte Carlo, former ballet mistress of San Diego Ballet and Assist. Director of SCB
  • Desiree Cuizon Fejeran-  currently San Diego Dance Theatre

* Instructors' scheduled weeks are subject to change

Artistic Directors

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Martha Leebolt

Co-Artistic Director of SCB

Martha Leebolt trained at Black Mountain Dance Centre under the direction of Sylvia Palmer and Ahita Ardalan and was a Southern California Ballet Company member. After graduation she attended the professional training program at BalletMet. A year later, she joined Northern Ballet, Leeds, England, rising to rank of principal . 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 BeastJulia in 1984 and Cinderella in Cinderella. Other roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Odette and Odilia in Swan Lake, Mina and Lucy in Dracula to name a few. She has worked with some of the top choreographers in the world including Hans Van Manen, Christopher Hampson, Jean-Christophe Maillot, David Nixon, Jonathan Watkins and Cathy Marston. A recipient of the Outstanding Female Classical Performance Award, 2010 National Dance Awards, England and nominated for the same award in 2016; repeatedly included in the Dance Europe magazine's list of outstanding dancers; Martha has been a guest artist around the world including the23rd International Ballet Festival, Havana, Cuba, China and the 2014 European Ballet Awards, Berlin.  As of September 2017, Martha became Co-Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet in San Diego.

Toby Batley

Co-Artistic Director of SCB

Tobias Batley was born in Manchester, England and trained at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester and the Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating, Tobias joined the Jeune Ballet de Cannes, in France before joining Northern Ballet, England in 2004 where he was promoted to principal dancer.  In addition to performing all of the  leading roles  in Northern Ballet’s repertoire he had many roles created for him including Marc Anthony in David Nixon and Claude Michel in 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 1984. He has worked with some of the top choreographers in the world including Hans Van Manen, Christopher Hampson, Jean-Christophe Maillot, David Nixon, Jonathan Watkins and Cathy Marston. He was nominated for National Dance Awards in 2010 , 2012 , 2015 and 2016 and has been included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers for the last six years. He has guested in galas internationally, most recently at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin.  As of September 2017, Tobias became Co-Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet in San Diego.

Guest Master Teachers

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Ahita Ardalan

formerly Paris Opera Ballet and Ballet de Monte Carlo, former ballet mistress of San Diego Ballet and Assist. Director of SCB

Ms. Ardalan received her initial training at the English Royal Ballet in Tehran under the tutelage of Robert De Warren. She continued her training at the Paris Conservatory with Solange Schwartz and Pierre Lacotte before then performing with the Paris Opera Ballet for twelve years. She taught at the Conservetoire de Region de Paris and later became Stage Manager and assistant director for the Princess Caroline Ballet de Monte Carlo with whom she toured all over the world.  

In 1991, Roland Petit asked her to join the Ballet National Marseille as his Artistic Assistant and Stage Manager. During her career in Europe, she has worked personally with Rudolf Nureyev, Marcia Haydee, Sylvie Guillem, Alessandra Ferri, William Forsythe and many others. 

She served as the long-time Ballet Mistress for the San Diego Ballet and also as assistant director for Southern California Ballet (then called Black Mountain Dance Center) for 14 years. She now resides in Denver, Colorado where she continues to teach ballet throughout the region. 

Southern California Ballet is extremely excited to welcome back Ms. Ardalan to teach on the senior level summer intensive and our summer master class series. 

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Isaiah Bindel

Formerly dawsondancesf

Isaiah Bindel was born and raised on the coast of California and began dancing at the age of four. He obtained his formal training at the University North Carolina School of the Arts, in addition to the San Francisco Ballet School. Soon after, he began his professional career with dawsondancesf— under the direction of Gregory Dawson.  After 4 years with Dawson he is continuing his work in the San Diego area.

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Desiree Cuizon Fejeran

San Diego Dance Theater

Desiree Cuizon Fejeran began dancing in the Bay Area initially as a jazz and hip-hop dancer.  She achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Dance, from San Diego State University in 2008.  She had the privilege to perform and travel internationally in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Indonesia. Since graduating she became a dance company member with Joe Alter Dance Group (2009-2010), The PGK Dance Project (2012-2016) and San Diego Dance Theater (2015 - present). Desiree also worked with various independent and local artists including: Somebodies Dance Theater, Anne Gehmen, Blythe Barton Dance, Zaquia Salinas, Brittany Taylor, Khamla Somphanh, IsadoraNow, The Movement Initiative and more. 


In addition to performing, she is a part of the dance faculty at SDDT and taught master classes for Creative Performing and Media Arts, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Canyon Crest Academy, and High Tech High School. She is grateful for the abundance of opportunities to thrive as a professional dancer in the San Diego Community.  When she is not dancing she is a Pilates Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist.

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Stephanie Maiorano

San Diego Ballet

An alumna of Southern California Ballet, Stephanie has danced with Houston Ballet and risen to principal dancer of San Diego Ballet. She is a wonderful example of our dancers who establish successful careers, and later return as the guest stars they aspired to become when they were students at SCB.

Stephanie joined San Diego Ballet in 2007 and has performed principal roles in Suite Italian, Romeo et Juliet, Firebird, The Many Loves of Don Juan, The Nutcracker, Love 20 Cents the First Quarter Mile, Les Sylphide, Aurora Wedding pas de deux, and The Seven Beauties. Soloist roles include Mambomania, Sweet Synergy, Carnival of the Animals, Rhapsody, Arthur Murray’s Dance Secrets, Echale Salsita, and Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Stephanie was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Notable San Diegans.

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Jennie Morton

former dancer in English National Ballet (Festival Ballet), England, currently professor at the Colburn School, adjunct faculty in the College of the Performing Arts at Chapman University

Jennie Morton is a former Ballet dancer, West End musical theatre performer, and professional singer who is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists. Based in Los Angeles, California, she is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School, adjunct faculty in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University, is on the Board of Directors for both the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the Dance Resource Center (LA), and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, for which she co-wrote the syllabus, and provides training workshops for medical and health professionals in the treatment of performing artists. Jennie lectures internationally to artists, arts educators, and healthcare professionals on the subject of performance-related injuries, and provides treatment from her office in West Hollywood. She is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health; The Embodied Dancer: A Guide To Optimal Performance; and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger. Jennie is the founder of www.healthyperformers.com.

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Stephania Rey

Artistic Director and Founder of Sabor Andaluz and India Andaluz Dance Companies

Sabor Andaluz was created 15 years ago by San Diego Flamenco dancer, choreographer, and instructor Stephania Rey.  She began her flamenco instruction at the age of eight with Spanish native instructors, and in the United States, has studied with international figures such as Farruquito, Angelita Gomez, Maria del Mar Moreno, Antonio Vargas, Juana Amaya, Rafael Campallo, and Manuel Linan. She has attended several flamenco workshops in California at the renowned New World Flamenco and Santa Barbara Flamenco Festivals.

Stephania has been featured at the prestigious Fountain Theater's Forever Flamenco in Hollywood California on several occasions and with the highly recognized Spanish Flamenco Company Herencia Flamenca. In addition to Flamenco, she has trained in some of the most challenging dance forms of classical Indian dance, Kathak and Bharatanatyam.

Stephania has performed locally and throughout Southern California with her Flamenco Company Sabor Andaluz. She has strongly contributed her time during the past 15 years to promote the Spanish and Indian cultures and folklore  through different programs and events organized by non-profit organizations in California, as well as at several local community colleges, high schools, and universities.

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Nancy Robinson

SCB staff, formerly San Francisco Ballet and Joffrey Ballet

Nancy Robinson studied ballet in Los Angeles with Robert Rossellat, a student of Preobrajenska and Espinosa in Paris. At the age of fifteen she received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School and was accepted into San Francisco Ballet Company the following year. Ms. Robinson danced as a soloist there for seven years, then as Principal dancer with the City Center Joffrey Ballet Company, which made her an internationally acclaimed ballerina. She has toured Vienna, London, and several major United States cities. During her career, she danced in principal roles such as Astarte Pas de Deesses (Joffrey), Moves and Interplay (Robbins), Time Cycle (Bolender) several works by Arpino, Nutcracker-Sugar Plum Fairy (Christensen), and other works by Fokine and Ailey. Later she was Ballet Mistress at Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and The Los Angeles Ballet.

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Zaquia Mahler Salinas

Jean Isaac's San Diego Dance Theater

Zaquia Mahler Salinas, a native San Diegan, is a performer, dance maker, and teacher. After receiving her BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara, she returned to San Diego and has been a company member with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater since 2012. As a choreographer, Zaquia has received recognitions for dance works she has presented at events throughout California. Her work has been presented and received awards through programs such as the World Cultures Program at San Diego City College, SDDT's Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize, UC San Diego’s ArtPower!, White Box Live Arts Fest, San Diego International Fringe Festival to name a few. She is completing her MFA in Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College of California this June.

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Brittany Taylor

currently Malashock Dance Company

Brittany Taylor is an award winning San Diego performer as well as an established teacher of both dance and the Pilates method. She hails from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington with a strong foundation in the Martha Graham technique as well as contemporary modern, jazz, and ballet. Brittany is on faculty at the Malashock Dance School and various North County studios teaching modern technique. Currently Brittany performs with the Malashock Dance Company and Blythe Barton Dance. She has made appearances with Joe Alter Dance Group, San Diego Dance Theater, Ion Theatre, Michael Mizerany’s Compulsion Dance and Theatre, [the] movement initiative, Khamla Somphanh, Andrew Holmes, and other local dance and theatre artists.

 

Enroll

  1. Enroll by creating an online account for new customers or log into an existing account.
  2. Choose your Masterclass Series week.
  3. Commit to the Masterclass Series week by paying. On May 1, we require a $25 non-refundable deposit for those who have registered to secure your booking. The deposit will be credited to your Masterclass Series fee. All fees are due on June 1.

    Payment can be made:
    Online through the customer portal, or at SCB studio.

QUESTIONS?

Call us at (858) 674-1006 or email info@southerncaliforniaballet.org or fill out the form below.


Adjusted Summer Schedule

The adjusted summer schedule available for those in the Company wishing not to attend the Masterclass Series:

Monday - Grade 7, 8 and Rep

Tuesday - Senior Intensive technique class (depending on week, also including Jazz and Body Conditioning) at 9-11:30 am approximately

Wednesday - Adult class (adjusted time of 10:30 am-12 pm)

Thursday - Same as Tuesday, with option to join Intermediate Modern/Contemporary

Friday - Adult class (adjusted time of 10:30 am-12 pm)

Saturday - Intermediate Freestyle,  regular Rep class, and Intermediate Jazz


Policies

Cancelled Weeks
If a recreation camp or summer program does not reach our minimum weekly enrollment, we hold the right to cancel that week at a full refund. We will let you know fourteen days in advance of any cancellations.

Refunds
A parent who withdraws their child from a recreation camp or summer program fourteen or more days before the start of the program will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation.

You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel less than 14 days before the start of the program less a $25 cancellation fee.

No refunds are available once the program has started.

At your request, we will convert your unused camp/summer program cancellation fee into a tax-deductible donation to Black Mountain Dance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dba Southern California Ballet.

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