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cmalltheway

Thank you, lemlemish! It's not easy trying to find a mixture of classes to expose our dancers to a variety of classes and preparing them for auditions

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e_bunny

Hi, 

I'm wondering if anyone knows any Balanchine school or teacher in Bay area? My family will be moving to San Mateo area, so I have to look for a pre-pro school to continue my training. Thank you! 

Happy New Year! : ) 

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MomtoSamtheDancer

e_bunny, there is a teacher named Pierre Vilanoba in San Francisco. He used to dance with the San Francisco Ballet and Paris Opera and can teach Balanchine. On a broader note, if you are looking for a pre-pro studio near San Mateo, my son attends a wonderful studio called Bravissimo. It's in Belmont which is just south of San Mateo. It's Cuban Vaganova rather than Balanchine, but the teaching is wonderful. 

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e_bunny

Thank you! I looked up “Pierre Vilanoba” and it seems that he has his own private company that offers coaching. Couldn’t find more details online but I will email the company and see if I can get more information.

I love Cuban style - that’s where I started! We will be traveling up to see some schools and hopefully, I have the chance to meet with the teacher and even try a class! Thanks again for the info since I’m a bit anxious about this sudden move. 

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MomtoSamtheDancer

e_bunny, feel free to message me before you come. The teachers at Bravissimo are terrific, and my son has thrived there! As far as Pierre goes, their website is Coda Consulting. He does private lesson and also teaches at a ballet school in Marin. Talk to his wife, Regina. She does all of the scheduling.

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dancemaven

Just a reminder, it is against BT4D Rules and Policies for an adult member to PM a Young Dancer member. 

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cmalltheway

e_bunny, welcome to the bay area!

Finding a new school also depends on how far you/your family are willing to travel. My DS trains at the New Ballet School in San Jose - about 40 mins without traffic from where we live. He has visited various ballet schools around the greater bay area. Key consideration point for us was getting enough training by male teachers as well as having other male dancers to train together, not to mention teachers our kids liked.

Since you can't contact us directly, perhaps have your parents create an account and reach out to us with questions.

You are right on about visiting various schools and take classes before deciding. Best wishes on your search for a new ballet home! 

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dancemaven

I’m sure others in or moving to the Bay Area would appreciate having the first hand information shared on the Board. 😉🙂

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Gis66elle

Pierre also teaches occasionally at Pascale Leroy's school in SF (Pascale was a teacher at SFB school for years). He just finished a winter session intensive at the school.

For exclusively male classes, you might want to also look into City Ballet School of SF. Nikolai Kabaniev has a great boys/men's program there with male only classes, partnering, contemporary, stretch, etc. It's Vaganova, though, not Balanchine but Nikolai is incredibly dedicated to his dancers and is a gifted teacher.

 

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MomtoSamtheDancer

Whoops! Sorry dancemaven! I totally didn't make the connection that this was the student, not the parent. I'll be more careful! :)

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cmalltheway

For my son, male training has much to do with connections between teacher and student. He and Nikolai did not see eye to eye. Zori from The Academy of Ballet was slightly better for him. However at the end, New Ballet School is the one he chose and has trained him extensively from YAGP to auditions. NBS has multiple male classes (different age groups) as well as partnering classes (level based). 

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nynydancer

Pierre Vila Noba also teaches at Marin Dance Theatre, just north in Marin county.  My son goes there with some other boys, and takes boys classes with Pierre, as well as combined classes.   Pierre also gives privates and has been immensely helpful to my DS.  Their website does not show the boys program, so don't be fooled when you check them out. It depends where you live, but  if you are north bay, that is an option.

I highly recommend "the French Sessions" that Pierre Vila Noba and Pascale Leroy have each winter and summer.  

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