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SANTA CLARITA BALLET ACADEMY
HOME OF THE SANTA CLARITA BALLET COMPANY
TINY TOT BALLET
The Santa Clarita Ballet is now an official Angelina Ballerina™ Dance Academy! Angelina Ballerina Dance classes are taught through a nationwide network of top quality dance studios and are recommended for children in Creative Movement through Pre-Primary (ages 3 ½ to 6 years of age). Your child will receive a quality dance education in a caring and fun environment, all based on the beloved Angelina Ballerina character. The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum is designed by internationally renowned master teachers and child development experts. Your child will be inspired to pursue their dreams of dance, just like Angelina Ballerina!
As our Tiny Tot students grow, they will transition into the Royal Academy of Dance Primary program where teachers will encourage students to develop creativity, musicality, and dramatic expression. These elements of coordination and strength are the early building blocks of dance training that often entices our students to fall in love with ballet and inspires them to continue developing dance skills with us for years. Many of our students remain at our studio throughout their childhoods because we provide opportunities to receive RAD instruction through high school, audition for our pre-professional training company, and explore tap, jazz, character, and modern dance. The depth and breadth of our program is unparalleled in the Santa Clarita Valley.
• Building confidence while having fun in an engaging group setting
• Developing nurturing and supportive relationships with teachers and classmates
• Developing musicality and self-expression
• Building strength and coordination
• Providing age-appropriate class assignments: Creative Movement, Pre-Primary, and Primary
• Providing a variety of age-appropriate performance opportunities
• Providing a teaching staff of registered and certified members of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD),
an international educational organization that establishes standards for excellence in ballet instruction.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT 3 & 4 years old
Tiny Tot Ballet students aged three and four may participate in Creative Movement class. Creative Movement students enjoy weekly Angelina Ballerina classes set to playful music that emphasizes rhythm, flexibility, and coordination while using props. Parents can observe classes through observation windows.
Monday 3:45 - 4:30
Tuesday 4:00 - 4:45 HOLD
Saturday 9:30 - 10:15
PRE-PRIMARY 5 & 6 years old
As our Tiny Tot Ballet students grow and learn, opportunities for further ballet exploration deepen. Children ages 4 and 5 years will participate in the Angelina Ballerina Pre-Primary weekly classes.
Monday 4:30 - 5:15
Thursday 4:00 - 4:30 *Boy's class
Saturday 10:15 - 11:00
*must be in kindergarten
Pre-Primary (5 - 6 yrs)
PRIMARY 6 & 7 years old
As our Tiny Tot Ballet students grow and learn, opportunities for further ballet exploration deepen. Children age six and seven years old may join Primary level classes where their large and fine motor skills are further developed, and opportunities for performances and dance enrichment expand.
Thursday 4:30 - 5:30
Friday 3:45 - 4:45 (HOLD)
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Primary (6 -7 yrs)
TUITION & POLICIES
Santa Clarita Ballet Academy is a credentialed Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) school. All teachers are advanced and certified members of RAD. As such, we adhere to the highest standards of ballet instruction and utilize techniques proven to be physically, emotionally, and socially appropriate for each class level we teach. As part of our commitment to RAD instruction, students in all levels of our Tiny Tot Ballet are encouraged to participate in annual Class Presentations held each spring. These exams are administered in a friendly group setting, where Tiny Tots students present what they have learned to a visiting examiner, accompanied by live piano, and observed by parents and teachers. Because students in our regular Academy classes participate in exams annually, we find Tiny Tots are eager to be included in this important aspect of dance instruction and are proud to demonstrate their skills during exams.
To learn more about the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the importance of certified ballet instruction, click here.
Mallory Russikoff trained with the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy from age three to age eighteen. She participated in all Royal Academy of Dance exams through Advanced 2. Mallory was a member of the Santa Clarita Ballet Company where she performed in The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Cinderella, and many more. She attended Butler University and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with minors in English as a New Language and Mild Intervention. Mallory taught third grade in Indianapolis Indiana, she is currently teaching here in the Santa Clarita Valley. She is happy to be home at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy.
Tawny Gentry Clement was a member of Storling Dance Theater as well as Maxxas Dance Theatre. She has recently performed lead roles in several productions including, Butterfly, Suspended Grace, The Prodigal Daughter, and 3 Days. In Houston, Texas she danced with Ad Deum Dance Company and had the opportunity to tour several places including, Los Angeles, Florida, New York, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition to performing, she loves teaching as well as choreographing. Originally a product of Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, she will be joining the teaching staff this fall.
Maryann Haefs completed the Royal Academy of Dance teaching program for Creative Movement through Grade 5. She will be teaching the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy program for children ages 3/12 to 6. In addition, Miss Maryann runs the front office for the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy and is the Production Manager for the Santa Clarita Ballet Company. She has been with the studio for 10+ years.
SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Summertime offers an opportunity for all Tiny Tot Ballet dancers to attend SCBA Petite Dance Camp; a week long workshop of ballet, art, friendship, new skill instruction, and a final performance for parents our students eagerly anticipate each summer.
Students who have completed the Primary program are ready for a greater challenge and may participate in Junior Workshop, a two-week dance experience for students aged six to nine.
For more on our summer workshop experiences, click here
Each May our youngest dancers are invited to participate in a show designed to meet the needs of the pre-ballet student. This stage performance builds confidence and provides the experience for these children to later move into our Company productions at our community Performing Arts Center, once they are a little older.
NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES AT SCPAC
To culminate the instructional year, Creative Movement, Pre-Primary, and younger Primary students are encouraged to participate in our Petite Ballet to show-off what they have learned. Performing in front of a supportive and enthusiastic audience of friends and family, students enjoy a recital featuring freshly imagined costumes and adorably choreographed dances set to a unique annual theme.
With studio approval, older Primary students may participate in our June production at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
When children are six-years-old and are participating in Primary classes, they are invited to appear in our annual holiday Nutcracker production at the gorgeous Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, wearing professionally designed and tailored costumes. This unique experience allows students to integrate into ballet culture under close adult supervision, gain exposure to the poise and artistic beauty of advanced and professional ballerinas, and begin gaining comfort on a real stage.
Once our Primary-aged Tiny Tot ballerinas participate in a full-scale production, they have acquired invaluable physical and social skills for navigating many of life’s challenges, have collected treasured childhood memories, and have laid an unshakable foundation for pursuing more rigorous ballet instruction.