Performance

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

New Hip-Hop, Classic Jazz and Adult Ballet Classes at Maple


What an amazing fall we have already had in the conservatory. There is a great energy in all of our conservatory classes and in the expansion of our open class program here at the Maple Conservatory of Dance. For the first time ever, we have added Contemporary Jazz and Hip-Hop Dance classes to our schedule, and have also more-than-doubled the number of open adult ballet classes we had previously offered. Our adult open dance classes are designed for dancers 13 years and older and are taught at all levels from Beginning Fundamentals to Professional. We understand that Read more

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 MYB2015Gala@gmail.com


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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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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