Snow White

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

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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