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Enjoy an enchanting tea party benefiting the Maple Youth Ballet Junior Company!


Put on your favorite dress and bring a friend to Maple Conservatory of Dance to enjoy: Yummy Treats Crafts Photos with Clara Performance by the Maple Youth Ballet Junior Company. Sunday November 11 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  $25 per guest   Click Below to Read more

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

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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Irvine ballet company joins elite group

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The Irvine-based Maple Youth Ballet was recently admitted to Regional Dance America, joining an exclusive nationwide group of companies as its only Orange County member.

As a member, the company will perform at the annual festival and will have to undergo evaluations every year to make sure they’re performing up to par. The 2014 festival will be in Spokane, Washington.

“It puts a fire under everybody to make sure we’re ready,” said Charles Maple, artistic director of the Maple Youth Ballet and …

Orange County Register article By LAUREN JOW
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School of American Ballet’s Workshop for Young Dancers

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We welcome the School of American Ballet’s Workshop for Young Dancers to the Maple Conservatory from July 29 through August 2 and August 5 through August 9.

Please note that during this time, no morning open classes will take place. Our regularly scheduled afternoon, evening and weekend classes will continue.


Locals Dance in ‘Snow White’

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A lovely lightness of being imbues the delicately balanced pirouettes and promenades of ballerina Ali Willson as she skims across the floor during a recent rehearsal for Maple Youth Ballet’s “Snow White,” premiering this Saturday at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Based on the classic good-versus-evil fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, this weekend’s fanciful and fun family show features deft characterizations and choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple as well as exquisitely crafted costumes and colorful sets created by the company’s talented family of volunteers.

As Snow White, the 16 year-old Willson brings a refreshingly youthful grace and poise to her leading role. It’s the perfect foil for the reigning beauty the Evil Queen, portrayed by fellow Newport Beach resident Cinamin Stulik. Stulik’s character is the embodiment of machiavellian malevolence, which sets the stage for the final showdown between Snow White’s ingenuous innocence and the Queen’s eaten-with-envy agenda.

“The ballet’s young dancers are very talented, but it’s often difficult to play older roles as a teenager. Charles needed the Queen to have more intense feelings,” says Stulik of her casting as the evil monarch.

A life-long dancer who studied at UCI as well as Joffrey and Boston Ballet’s summer intensives, her experience and mature professionalism is immediately obvious in the sharply effortless lines and beautifully arched feet underlying an edgily dramatic portrayal.

Article by By Pamela Diamond
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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.

Dailot Pilot article By Rhea Mahbubani
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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.

Visit ABT.org for more on ABT’s National Training Curriculum


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