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e_bunny, your profile indicates that you are a young student, as do many of your posts.  However, your most recent posts appear to be written by a parent. 

If so, please have your parent register with his/her own account. We do not permit the sharing of accounts on BT4D.  It is important to us that we ' know' with whom we are talking. 🙂 

We also have several Forums that are restricted to specific groups, so it will help you and your parent should you wish to participate in any of those Forums. 👍


Also so a gentle reminder that it is against BT4D Rules and Policies for adult members to PM young dancer members. 

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Thank you, balletmuse! I got the info and will visit them as soon as I get back to LA. 

dancemaven, my parents are with me in this school search thing, that's why we use "we" since everyone is around me, giving inputs when I type, but to avoid confusion, I will use "I" from now on. If my parents have more specific questions, I will have them register another account. Thank you for your concern and reminder. 

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e_bunny - My DD said that an announcement was made at Westside that pointe classes wouldn't be used for rep anymore. This was from the AD. I'm not sure of the reason for the change, but DD is very happy about it, as it bothered her as well. If you haven't settled on anything else for your training, Westside is worth checking out. The teachers are all excellent. 

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I attended Westside for almost two years, ended up being forced to leave by the awful experience my family and I had there.  I'm honestly not sure where to start.  If you don't have a mother that is exclusively a "dance mom" (meaning they will sew costumes, donate extra money, go to every parent board meeting, volunteer at every show...), you will be tossed to the side.  The teachers are good, but the class sizes of Westside are large and by some point, you realize you won't be given corrections if you aren't a favorite.  Westside calls themselves a "nonaudition school that allows everyone," but if they want you to leave, it will be obvious.  Teachers rolled their eyes at me when I tried to ask genuine questions, kicked me out of rehearsals I was told to understudy then yelled at for not knowing the choreography, lied to me and my mother... No, they don't use pointe for rehearsal, but this means rehearsal is only once a week, until it gets close to a performance.

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Pasadena Dance Theatre


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Maybe relocating to the LA area.  I want to make sure we are proximal to a professional ballet school.  DD is 13 and has had serious training.  I am concerned she will fall through the cracks with the move.  Thank you. 

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The only schools I know about in Los Angeles for serious training are Marat Daukayev (Russian) and Westside Ballet (Balanchine).  A lot of great ones have closed down.  It's been awhile since I've been away from the ballet scene so things may have changed.  Hope that helps.

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Colburn might be another option. It's audition-based.

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Los Angeles Ballet School is another option. It’s Bournonville and Balanchine based and affiliated with a professional company (Los Angeles Ballet).  The class sizes are small with lots of individualized attention.  They have been one of the few schools in the city that have remained open for in studio classes since Summer 2020 due to its small class size.

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Dmitri Kulev?  He is in Orange County.

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Thank you everyone.  I am looking into them all.  I suppose it will also end up to where we end up living/buying a home.  Looks like  we will either live in Orange County or a county next to it...


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If you will live in Orange County, there is the Premier Ballet of Orange County, which is relatively new and small, but has fantastic Vaganova training.

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If you are going to live in Orange County you will definitely want a school in Orange County. I believe there is a separate thread for that. The traffic between OC and LA is as bad or worse than you have heard. It has taken me over three hours to drive 54 miles on a Wednesday.

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