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

Youth ballet to stage ‘Snow White’ in Irvine

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Leotard-clad dancers stretched at gravity-defying angles, while gangly teenagers with seemingly endless legs towered en pointe.

A girl hunched over homework as a counterpart stitched elastic bands and ribbons onto her shoes, listening to the youngest among them, who tittered gleefully, cradled comfortably in the laps of older girls.

Ballet, in all its glory, was front and center at the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine.

Last Friday, about 80 performers pieced together pliés, arabesques and ports de bras in a nearly two-hour run-through of the Maple Youth Ballet’s rendition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The dance company performs in front of audiences Saturday at Irvine’s Barclay Theatre.

At the heart of the production is director and choreographer Charles Maple, who conjures up an image of a master puppeteer, guiding teachers, dancers, set builders and costume designers.

Armed with extensive experience — he worked with George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins and other dance luminaries — Maple established the eponymous ballet school in Irvine nearly six years ago.

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Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker

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Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Our 5th Year! Don’t Miss This Popular Orange County Family Tradition

A Magical Journey Where Dreams Come True!

Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

At the beautiful & spacious Northwood Performing Arts Theatre in Irvine
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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.

Aaron Smyth
Special Guest Artist: Aaron Smyth

Aaron Smyth, a former member of The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s acclaimed ABT II, will guest perform in the Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Maple Youth Ballet’s production of [the] Nutcracker was such a pleasant surprise! …I was blown away by the professionalism of the production. I have 2 younger children who both were captivated for the entire performance. I think their productions are a steal for the price. Bravo MYB! —Erin R.
The costumes were beautiful and so were the sets…This would definitely be a Nutcracker performance to take your child to share the joy of seeing the Nutcracker for the first-time! If you have the time or are in the Orange County area, make sure to see this show. —momto3bells

Presenting the Ultimate Nutcracker Experience for Families & Children!

As guests of the Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, your family’s enchanting journey to the “Palace of the Sweets” will begin with a visit to Clara’s Tutu Tent for a host of fun activities for the kids, which will take place one hour before each performance and during intermission. You and your family will also be able to enjoy our delectable desserts and unique boutique offerings on sale during intermission.

On-Stage Children’s Workshop After Saturday’s 2pm Performance: Children ages 4-10 are invited to free, fun-filled dance workshop led by Maple Conservatory’s Pili Doheny. This 20-minute workshop will be held following our Saturday 2pm performance. Ms. Doheny will lead the children through some ballet stretches and teach a children’s dance from our Nutcracker production!

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Maple Conservatory Includes ABT’s National Training Curriculum in Conservatory Program

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Maple Conservatory of Dance is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough, eight-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Primary through level 7 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teacher, Charles Maple, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

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Charles Maple pictured with other teachers at the ABT Teacher Training Intensive at ABT in New York

Charles Maple attended the ABT Teacher Training Intensive at ABT’s studios in New York last month. Pictured above with Charles include Cynthia Anderson, Karena Brock, Ethan Brown, Deidre Carberry, George De la Pena, Kristine Elliot, Rodney Gustafson, Susan Jaffe, Colleen O’Callaghan, Amy Rose and Martine van Hamel.

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