The Creation of Maple Youth Ballet's Cinderella

  Charles’ Cinderella Blog Before I began to choreograph Cinderella, I looked at tradition and non-traditional versions of the ballet and noted the elements I enjoyed and those that I found to be missing. I then pieced together a synopsis of the ballet for Maple Youth Ballet based on those thoughts. The concept of Cinderella can be traced back centuries and individual elements of the story can be found in almost every culture of the world. Told by bards and entertainers from the ancient world, the story has passed from culture to culture and age to age. With each transition it has Read more

2017 Adult Ballet Intensive

Maple Conservatory of Dance is offering a comprehensive world-class summer ballet intensive for adult dancers ages 20 and older. This intensive will cover Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Conditioning, Repertoire, and conclude with a performance. Tuition includes welcome reception on June 25th, all classes and DVD of in studio showing. Space is Limited – Enroll Today! 949-660-9930 Date: June 25, 2017 through June 30, 2017 Read more

Yes Virginia, Another Nutcracker!

Nutcracker was not a rip-roaring success at its premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. The art critic Konstantin Skalkovsky wrote in 1899, "Generally speaking, The Nutcracker was staged mainly for children; for the dancers it contains very little; for art — exactly nothing. Even its music was rather weak. As the dance writer Anatole Chujoy pointed out later on, the Nutcracker ballet remained in the Russian repertory for over 37 years! However, even today, audiences in Russia as well as in Europe are less excited than their American counterparts about The Nutcracker. So why do Americans love this ballet? Read more

Open Auditions for The Ultimate Nutcracker

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Open To The Entire Community

Come Join Us For Our 2015 Nutcracker Auditions

Sensational dancers, award winning choreography, thrilling special effects, opulent sets and costumes and a magnificent 55′ growing Christmas tree make this production the holiday crown jewel of Southern California. Artistic Director, Charles Maple, has choreographed a splendid full-length production of E.T.A. Hoffman’s time honored classic. This is the perfect holiday fare for all ages!

Audition Times

Boys and Girls Ages 6 to 12 (Girls not on Pointe) 12 pm to 1 pm

Boys and Girls Ages 12 and up (Girls en Pointe) 1:30 pm to 3 pm

*Please arrive for Registration 30 minutes prior to your audition time.

Nutcracker 2015

2015 Maple Conservatory Master Class Series

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Maple Conservatory of Dance Master Class Series presents New York City Ballet’s Darci Kistler, Katrina Killian and Sheryl Ware. These classes are for Intermediate/Advanced Level Dancers ages 10 to 22. These Master Classes are open to the surrounding dance community. Spaces are limited, so please Register Online today! For more information please call 949-660-9930 Ext. 27.


Class Dates

Darci Kistler

Monday August 10, 2015
3:15 PM – 5 PM

Advanced Level Dancers
Ages 13 to 22

Katrina Killian

Tuesday August 11, 2015
3:15 PM – 5 PM

Intermediate/Advanced Level Dancers
Ages 13 to 22

Sheryl Ware

Wednesday August 12, 2015
3:15 PM – 5 PM

Intermediate Level Dancers
Ages 10 to 12

Class Fee: $40
Payable in Advance with Registration

Not to be missed! The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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Come to The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

A Special Event for Families & Children Ages 4-10
Sunday March 1st from 1 to 3 pm
Maple Conservatory of Dance 1824 Kaiser Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

All children ages 4-10 and their families are invited to come dressed in their best attire and have some fun at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Our guests at the event will enjoy yummy treats, crafts, photos with Alice, The Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit plus performance excerpts from by Maple Youth Ballet’s upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland.

Tickets for The Mad Hatter’s Tea are only $20 per person.

RSVP by emailing or call 949-660-9930
Space is Limited

Maple Youth Ballet Spring Gala 2015

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Special Honored Guest, Ms. Misty Copeland, Soloist with American Ballet Theatre

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, the Maple Youth Ballet will present our fourth annual Spring Gala. Hosted at the Wyndham Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Irvine, the Gala will feature a selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffle drawing, and a special performance by the Maple Youth Ballet dancers. We are thrilled to announce this year’s special honored guest, Ms. Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre. Guests will have the opportunity to meet this incredibly talented artist, and enjoy an interview conducted by her former ballet instructor, Mr. Charles Maple.

We invite community members to donate an item or experience to the Silent Auction or Raffle. Every dollar raised will help Maple Youth Ballet further its mission, and to provide scholarships to talented students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity. We anticipate over 200 guests will attend the Gala, and all donors will be recognized and celebrated. We appreciate your support and hope you will join us in helping keep the arts alive for our children and within our community.

Our Spring Gala is presented by Maple Youth Ballet, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization

Purchase Tickets

Gala Ticket Price: $75 per guest, payable by cash or check*. We also accept credit card payments via Eventbrite. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the studio or by mail.

*Paying by check or cash will avoid additional fees.

Download Spring Gala Poster

For more information please e-mail

Summer Program Auditions on Feb. 1st

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Come Dance With Us In Summer 2015!

The Maple Conservatory of Dance offers two summer intensive age-specific programs for male & female intermediate & advanced-level dancers.

Both summer programs will be taught by notable guest teachers and our world-class faculty using the same curriculum and teaching methods which have established the Maple Conservatory of Dance as the premier training ground in Southern California.

* Participation in the Senior Ballet Intensive requires a commitment of at least two weeks.

Audition for Senior & Junior Intensives

Sunday February 1st, 2015

2:30pm Ages 8-12
Junior Dancers not en pointe

4:30pm Ages 11-23
Junior/Senior Dancers en pointe

Registration is 30 minutes prior to audition time.
Auditions by appointment or video will be accepted until all spaces are filled.

Download Audition Application

The Ultimate Nutcracker Experience – Claras Tutu Tent and Nutcracker Bazaar

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Maple Youth Ballet Presents

The Ultimate Holiday Nutcracker Experience

with Clara’s Tutu Tent and The Nutcracker Bazaar

December 20-23, 2014

Tickets Start at Just $22


From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score based on one of the world’s most beloved ballets.

Share the tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of your princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing more than 80 exceptionally talented & classically trained dancers from across the Southland!

Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple, The Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a full-length rendition-with-a-twist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s time-honored classic which centers around Clara, a young girl who yearns to one day become a professional ballerina.

Not to be missed! Clara’s Tea Party on November 9th

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Come to Clara’s Tea Party, a Special Event for Families & Children Ages 4-10

Sunday November 9th 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Maple Conservatory of Dance
1824 Kaiser Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

All children ages 4-10 and their families are invited to come dressed in their best attire and have some fun at Clara’s Tea Party. Our guests at the event will enjoy yummy treats, crafts, photos with Clara and a performance by Maple Youth ballet’s Junior Company.

Tickets for Clara’s tea are only $15 per person.

RSVP by emailing
Space is limited

Nutcracker Program Advertising

Nutcracker 2012

The Maple Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is entering is 8th season! The Maple Youth Ballet is a thriving organization here in Orange County. It is a great pleasure to be an artistic ambassador to our community. Our production is one of the most beloved productions in Southern California.

When you advertise in the Maple Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker Program, you get your message out to our audience members, giving your business exposure to over 3,000 individuals.

Our beautiful keepsake programs are 8.5 x 11 inch size, full color, filled with photographs and interesting facts about The Nutcracker.

Maple Nutcracker Program Ad Form

NEW! Open Ballet & Yoga Class with Kristin Hakala

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Maple Conservatory of Dance is now offering NEW Open Ballet & Yoga Classes – Not to be be missed!

Open Ballet

with Kristin Hakala
WEDNESDAY 10 to 11:30 AM
Open Ballet Class Regular Rates Apply

Lunch Time Yoga

with Kristin Hakala

Ms Hakala’s yoga classes draw on the wisdom she has gained from the study of various styles of yoga, resulting in a well rounded lesson that serves to balance, energize, relax, and awaken.

All Levels Welcome, beginner to experienced. Dress comfortably in clothing that allows freedom of movement. Students should bring their own mat.

Special Yoga Pricing
4 Class Series $40 or Single Class $12

For more information please call (949)660-9930