Academy Of Ballet

Academy Of Ballet


A Zory'ism from today's Adult ballet class via Zoom... "You should look like you're IT, not following it!"
Zoryisms are popping out of Zoom classes! My favorite from today's Saturday 3pm class was "Don't go for the barre, go for your body!"
For anyone who wants to connect and chat virtually, please join our newly created Slack community! 🙌🏻👯‍♀️👯😻 In addition to Zoom, this is a great way for all of us to get together and talk from a safe distance 😉 See you on Slack!
6:30 tonight? (That’d be Thursday 3/26)
It was great to “see” so many of you tonight! Thanks again to Zory and Elizabeth for putting on such a great virtual class...and on their first try, at that! 🙌🏻
How’s everyone doing? Hope you’re all safe and healthy! I’m going a bit stir crazy without class but thanks to Zory and Elizabeth for the video barre. I’m going to start doing that today! 🙌🏻
Audition for An American in Paris at Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland this summer! We are looking for strong ballet dancers. More info: Contact: [email protected]
Dec. 2017

The Academy Of Ballet is professional ballet school that offers programs from pre-ballet to adult classes. We offer classes designed for the serious students both to craft professional dancers of the highest quality and dedicated amateurs.

[05/24/20]   We feel so fortunate! Thank you to all the wonderful students, it has been two full months of classes and we still had almost 60 students in attendance for our Saturday 3:00 pm class. Seeing you improve and happy faces makes the challenging times much easier. Thank you!

Pirouette Basics

I must be Cuban... Two legs in plié: The Cuban methodology teaches the fourth position preparation for turns with both legs in demi-plié. The benefits of this approach are speed and control, says Caridad Martinez. "That push of the back leg to passé, at the moment of relevé, makes it easier to generate more turns....

[03/25/20]   Wednesday night 6:30 streaming intermediate advance

[03/19/20]   Wishing Jeanmarie a happy birthday! Still with us in memory!

[03/18/20]   Academy of Ballet will be CLOSED for two weeks from Monday, March 16 to Monday, March 30 .
As the COVID-19 pandemic and the forecasts of health professionals continue to become more serious, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community and will keep you updated if plans change.
We are working on classes to be recorded and placed online for our students to use

Thank You

Academy Of Ballet

Academy Of Ballet

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Good rehearsal today!

Thank you Allison Lyon for taking some beautiful photos.

Thank you Allison Lyon for taking some beautiful photos.

4 Ways to Develop Stage Presence—in Class When Elizabeth Ferrell was a young student, Suzanne Farrell told her something she'll never forget. "She said she was going to paint eyeball

Another wonderful Holiday party/Performance


Two more weeks of rehearsals at the Academy of Ballet.

Two more weeks of rehearsals at the Academy of Ballet.

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We love Saturday morning when Pre Ballet meets Ballet VI

Amy Seiwert's Imagery

Meet Imagery collaborator Aidan DeYoung. Aidan received his training at the Academy Of Ballet in San Francisco before joining Ballet West where he performed roles in works by Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jiri Kylian, Nicolo Fonte and Helen Pickett. Aidan returned to the Bay Area and joined Smuin Ballet. While there he danced in ballets by Adam Houghland and Helen Pickett as well as creating roles in Amy Seiwert’s But Now I Must Rest and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino. Aidan has recently worked for BurnsWork, Liss Fain Dance, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet. As a choreographer, Aidan has created three works: Outward, Eenvoudig and InForm. Aidan spends his free time away from dance playing tennis, throwing frisbees, and baking bread.

In rehearsal for Jennifer Archibald's world premiere for SKETCH 8, "Shutter"
📷 Chris Hardy

Another season ended, thank you my students!

last weekend of rehearsals

Three more weeks for our annual performance.

preparing the future generation!

I’m 29 and gave up everything to study ballet alongside high school students I walk into the ballet studio at 3pm on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco’s Castro District. I’m 29 and have been dancing ballet 6 or 7 days each week for more than a year. At this time of…

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I love my home at the Academy of Ballet! One teenager and 6 adults dressed as me on Halloween!

[08/04/17]   such a pleasure having Carmela Zegarelli Peter guest teach for the last two weeks of our summer course.

The Effects of Ballet Classes Schools Don't Tell You | Dance Buzz Why do you spend so much money and time for your daughter’s ballet classes and rehearsals so that she goes on stage once a year?

My Body Changed Dramatically When I Started Adult Ballet but Not From Weight Loss Image Source: Unsplash / Kiersten Ramshaw First position: plié. Once, twice. Relevé, and hold. Balance, plié. Repeat in second, then

Rhapsody finale

I hope we will get to see you all in our performance June 10-11 2017 at the Cowell Theater. We are busy in rehearsals, we enjoyed working with Sandy Jennings of New York City Ballet this weekend. A little view of our students in last years performance in Richard Gibson's last movement of Rhapsody.

Academy of Ballet Zory Karah Director Performance June 2016 Rhapsody choreography Richard Gibson Finale

Timeline Photos

Warm up class for rehearsal Sunday morning

another day of classes and rehearsals

thank you for the amazing photos Alexander Haabesland

thank you for the amazing photos Alexander Haabesland

KTVU Fox 2

It was a day to remember... Rika Onizuka, Melisande Amos, Krista Domazet, Hank Daglio, Celeste Amos, John Morgan Mckenzie, Hila Karah were all at the studio in my class Gene Babo at the piano. I demonstrated the plies, said preparation and the floor went moving... I am so happy your are all still part of my life.

LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE: Today marks 27 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the Bay Area on October 17, 1989. Do you remember where you were? Take a look back at our coverage.

Summer Course 2016

Summer Course 2016

Our 30th Year Anniversary

The Academy Of Ballet is professional ballet school that offers programs from pre-ballet to adult classes. We offer classes designed for the serious students both to craft professional dancers of the highest quality and dedicated amateurs. Students of the Academy have joined numerous professional companies around the world and major academic institutions.

Children are accepted into Pre-Ballet from age four to six. The emphasis in these classes is on musicality, creativity, coordination and building a love of dance, preparing the child well for the time when he or she is physically and mentally at the age to begin formal training.

The Academy of Ballet offers a comprehensive adult program designed to meet the special needs of the adult student. The emphasis here is on toning, strengthening, stretching, and increasing flexibility using classical ballet to achieve these goals.

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