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Ballet San Jose School

Ms. Lise la Cour, School Director, joined Ballet San Jose School in 2002 and has brought the level of the school to new heights. The School is the only professional ballet school in Silicon Valley associated with a major ballet company. As Artistic Director of the School, Dennis Nahat, along with la Cour, brings the same artistic excellence and vision to the School that he insists on for the Company. He states: "Our vision for our School is:

  • to provide the highest quality training with international standards in classical ballet and related dance forms

  • to serve as a resource for the development of professional dancers for Ballet San Jose and the dance community worldwide

  • to provide a performing outlet for our students

  • to provide an educational environment that cultivates related theatrical art forms

  • to build character in students in an environment that respects the physical and psychological health of every participant."

School Director and principal teacher Lise la Cour has revised the curriculum to prepare students for professional careers in dance and to nurture those who are studying simply for personal enjoyment. Of her teaching philosophy, she comments: "It is about more than producing a professional level dancer, although that is one of our purposes. It is about building a community of people who appreciate and have a love and commitment to this art form because of how it has enriched their lives."

The Ballet School stresses discipline and rigorous training at every level, while fostering a sense of mastery and accomplishment in its students. Many have the opportunity to perform with the professional Company in many productions and can learn and see first hand by watching the Company in daily rehearsal on and off the stage. Currently the School enrolls over 450 students, with a staff of a dozen acclaimed teachers and accompanists, augmented regularly by members of the professional company.

Ballet San Jose School offers professional ballet training for students ages 4 years old to adult. Classes range from beginning to advanced levels of Bournonville style, classical technique, pointe, jazz, and caractere.

Ballet San Jose School students have the opportunity to perform with the company in Ballet San Jose's professional productions throughout the year, including The Nutcracker. Each spring, professional division students are cast in Lise la Cour's full length children's ballets at the California Theatre.

School name:Ballet San Jose School
Address:40 North First Street.
Zip & city:95113 California
Phone:408-288-2820 Ext. 223

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