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The Maple Youth Ballet performs at the 17th annual Irvine Global Village Festival


The Maple Youth Ballet performs at the 17th annual Irvine Global Village Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Orange County Great Park. This free all-day event features more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace. The Maple Youth ballet performs at 12:45 PM on the Chinese American Musical Association stage near the new balloon lawn. The Young Dancers will perform Tarantella, the Junior Company will perform Animated Garden from Le Corsaire and the Senior Company will perform excerpts from Cinderella and other works. Come out Read more

The Maple Youth Ballet Performs at Festival of Children


The Maple Youth Ballet will be performing at the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa September 16 at 2:00 PM. Young Dancers will be performing Tarantella, and the Junior Company will perform Animated Garden from Le Corsaire.  Come out for this free performance by the Maple Youth Ballet Junior Company and the Maple Youth Ballet Young Dancers! Festival of Children September 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm South Coast Plaza, Carousel Court 3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA Read more

2018 Ultimate Nutcracker Auditions September 1


Open to the entire community! Come Join Us For Our 2018 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! Check in 30 minutes before audition time   1:30 PM - Ages 7 - 13* Girls who are proficient en pointe may attend the 2:30 PM audition.   2:30PM - Ages 13+ Ladies must be prepared to dance en pointe. All dancers Read more

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

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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 mapleyouthballet@yahoo.com
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
WEDNESDAY 12 to 1 PM

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


Maple Conservatory of Dance Master Class Series

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Maple Conservatory of Dance Master Class Series presents New York City Ballet’s Katrina Killian and Darci Kistler. These classes are for Advanced Level Dancers ages 13 to 22. This Master Class is open to the surrounding dance community. Spaces are limited, so please Register Online today! For more information please call (949)660-9930.

Class Dates

Katrina Killian
August 5, 2014
3-4:30 pm

Darci Kistler
August 7, 2014
3-4:30 pm

Class Fee: $40
Payable in Advance with Registration


Diamonds & Dance Gala 2014

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Dear Friends of Maple Youth Ballet,

There is no question that arts education benefits children. Involvement in the arts leads to achievement in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts education has also been shown to improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Communities benefit from the arts as well by exposure to beauty, creativity, and diversity.

Arts educational programs are being cut from most school curricula. This precious part of a child’s education, one that actually is proven to produce better citizens, is becoming more and more difficult to provide. We invite you to become a part of the Maple Youth Ballet, and join us in helping children grow and develop through participation in the arts.

Ballet Etiquette

Maple Youth Ballet is devoted to providing young dancers with the exposure, training and performance opportunities to grow from students into professional dancers. Serving Orange County and adjacent Southern California communities, we offer professional-quality performances at an affordable cost, and the opportunity to learn about and gain a greater appreciation for the art of dance. Helmed by Charles Maple, former soloist with American Ballet Theater, and founded in 2007, Maple Youth Ballet has grown to become one of California’s leading youth ballets.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Maple Youth Ballet will present our third annual Diamonds & Dance Gala. Hosted at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine, the Gala will feature a wine bar, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, raffle and silent auction, and a special performance by the Maple Youth Ballet dancers. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Gala Honorees are Ms. Jennifer Condas and Ms. Eve Kornyei.

We invite you 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.

Diamonds & Dance is presented by Maple Youth Ballet, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Click Here to learn more and Buy Tickets

Sincerely,
Cathy Godlewski
Diamonds & Dance Gala Chairperson

Tickets on Sale Now

Buy Tickets Online

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.

For more information please e-mail MYB2014Gala@gmail.com


Come Dance with Us in Summer 2014

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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.

Senior Ballet Intensive Program
June 30 – August 22, 2014

Audition Information for Senior Ballet Intensive | Sunday, February 23, 2014

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

Junior Ballet Intensive Program –  2 Sessions!
June 23 – July 4, 2014 & August 11- 22, 2014

Audition Information for Junior Ballet Intensive | Sunday, February 23, 2014

Learn More About Our Summer Programs

Download & Print our Summer Ballet Intensive Audition Form (pdf)


Charles Maple featured in Riviera Magazine

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When it comes to the arts, wielding true power goes beyond money and moxie. It means forging ahead while others doubt and stepping in when you’re most needed. Meet the Orange County players who are doing just that, and putting the region’s culture conscience first.

The Mentor
Football may seem an unlikely transition to a life in ballet. But Charles Maple, a leading name in ballet instruction, took up the dance genre to help strengthen a knee after he was sidelined while playing tight end. He never went back to the pigskin. “It was athletic and poetic, and I wasn’t getting knocked around like in football,” he muses. He grew up in Pasadena but joined the School of American Ballet in New York at age 18. That led to 10 years with the American Ballet Theatre, where Maple became a soloist, traveled the world, and worked with great choreographers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lucia Chase. “Baryshnikov was such a charismatic performer, it naturally rubbed off on the rest of us,” Maple recalls. Then came a lengthy stint with the internationally known Ballet Basel in Switzerland. “It was an amazing life,” Maple says. “We were young, traveling to great cities, making people happy.” He returned to Southern California in 1995, and found himself in demand for master classes and teaching summer intensives at the American Ballet Theatre. When Ballet Pacifica closed in 2007, he took over its 13,000-square-foot set of studios in Irvine and opened Maple Conservatory of Dance (mapleconservatory.com) with Kathy Crade. “We started with only a few students, but now we’re up to 250,” he says. “We start them at age 4 with pre-ballet. Serious training begins at 7 or 8. It really takes about 10 years to develop a professional dancer.” Many students have gone on to join acclaimed dance troupes, including American Ballet Theatre. As for the future of Maple? “We want to be known as more than just a regional conservatory.”

View Full Article | Written by: Jerry Hicks | Photo: Angela Marklew | December 6, 2013


Nutcracker Monday Evening Performance Added

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News Flash! Don’t miss the Ultimate Nutcracker Experience – an additional Monday Evening Performance has been added at 6:30 PM

A Magical Journey Where Dreams Come True!

At the beautiful & spacious Northwood Performing Arts Theatre in Irvine

Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Charles Maple

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 tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of you princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Orange County Experience unfolds, showcases 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.

The Nutcracker Experience is complete with Pre and Post Performance Activities. Visit Clara’s Tutu Tent before and during intermission for special offerings that will include photo opportunities, music, gourmet treats and more!

Running Time: about 2 hours with intermission

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