Welcome To Bay Ballet Academy. Our Ballet School offers excellent ballet classes in San Jose.
Ballet Classes at Bay Ballet Academy
Bay Ballet Academy offers professional ballet classes in San Jose. We are located in the neighborhood of Canoas Garden adjacent to Willow Glen in South Bay, CA. Our ballet school specializes in classical ballet technique to students of all ages, sizes, and skill levels. We also provide other dance style classes and training such as lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip hop. Our dance studio is equipped with sprung Marley floors, wooden barres, large mirrors, and sound system. There is also plenty of parking spaces for all the students.
Our dance center focuses in the development of a strong classical ballet technique. We pay particular attention to details such as body posture and feet placement. We also focus to increase physical strength and flexibility. Especially relevant, we promote artistry and music appreciation to inculcate growth and joy as a performing artist. The goal of our classical dance academy is to provide the finest ballet classes in San Jose. Dance theater is our passion!
Maximo Califano – Ballet School Director
Maximo Califano is the founder Director and Principal Dance Teacher of Bay Ballet Academy. With more than 25 years of dancing and teaching experience, Maximo is one of the most celebrated artists of the Bay Area. He specializes in all levels of classic ballet technique, ballet repertoire, and dance partnering. He also coaches students for dance competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), Showstopper and Starbound. Contact us to schedule your private ballet class.
In addition, Maximo is a former principal ballet dancer in Ballet San Jose for 15 years. He has danced all leading ballet roles in the most important stages and theaters around the globe. Most noteworthy, Maximo is certified dance teacher in the American Ballet Theater for all ballet levels. His educational approach consists of disciplined training while having fun in a relaxed environment. He also graduated with a major in Creative Arts at San Jose State University.
The Nutcracker Ballet & Spring Dance Performances
All of our students have the opportunity to be part of our shows. We perform twice a year: the Nutcracker for the holidays and a full length ballet production in the Spring.
The mission of our ballet productions are to prepare dancers for careers in leading national and international companies. Our performances serve as the important transition from dance student to professional performer. Students learn about performing arts, experience live theater, and interact with costumes, props and sets in a real setting. Our audiences love our shows! We perform a the Historic Hoover Theater, a beautiful intimate venue from the 1930’s!
Registration is easy at our Dance Studio
Registration for Bay Ballet Academy is open year-round. Students can join at anytime during the year! Please, contact us to schedule your first class. Children under 17 years old can try a class for free. We try to accommodate all of our students and parents’ schedule needs.
Girls and boys are placed in one of our five levels according to age, experience, and ability. Classes are designed to increase technique, stamina, and artistry according to students’ age and physical maturity. To start, we begin with the joy of moving to music supported by a base in classical technique and simple ballet terminology. Then, as students matures and excels in each level, lessons become more difficult, as we train them for a career in professional ballet.
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Ballet Dance Classes for Adults and Teens
Bay Ballet Academy offers daily adult and teen ballet classes in our dance studio. We teach ballet lessons for beginners and intermediate/advance students.
Beginner Level – Ballet Essentials
Experience Bay Ballet Academy ballet classes for adults with little or no dance training. Our teachers lead students through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by their needs. Stretch your mind and body at these one-of-a-kind lessons led by some of your favorite teachers. Attire: Clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes optional.
Intermediate / Advance Dance Level – Ballet Experts
Adult ballet classes at our Academy offer a great workout, based on a classical technique, led by Artistic Director Maximo Califano. Emphasis in intermediate/ advance ballet is placed on developing technical strength and more advanced movement qualities. Therefore, this course is for more experienced adults and teens who have had some ballet training in the past. The class is taught at a professional level and employs the entire range of classical ballet technique. As a result, please be aware of that students willing to wear pointe shoes may do so at their own risk in these classes, and at the discretion of the teacher. Attire: leotards and tights, t-shirts, and/or leggings. Please have your hair pulled away from your face. Ballet shoes must be worn in dance classes.
Please, check our schedule online and contact us to arrange your first ballet class: bayballet.com/schedule.
Finally, our adult and teen students are able to perform in our shows. We produce two shows per year: the Nutcracker for the holidays and a different ballet production in the Spring.
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