About the School
Pre-Ballet | Classical Ballet | Character | Modern | Partnering
Ages 3 to Adult
Benicia Ballet School LLC (BBS) was established in 1986. Focus of the school is classical ballet training for students age 3 to Adult who wish to pursue dance as a recreational activity for pleasure and fitness. Children are introduced to dance in a nurturing, safe, and fun atmosphere. Dancers ages 12 – 18 with previous training continue their dance education in Intermediate and Advanced classes. For the more serious student, a program can be tailored toward training for a professional dance career.
With the development of many accomplished dancers, BBS has built a fine reputation throughout the East and North Bay. While the emphasis is on ballet, classes are also taught in free movement and character dance. Classes following the eight levels of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus established in England are also offered. Additional classes in Partnering and Modern movement are also available. All classes are dependent on enrollment and the Director reserves the right to make changes to the offerings each school year based on interest and staffing. Performance opportunities are available through school Dance Demonstrations as well as invitations to audition for Benicia Ballet Theatre, Inc.
The school is located in the historic Benicia Arsenal Building. This building was part of the Benicia Arsenal complex established in 1849 and was the first army arsenal established on the West Coast. The arsenal was in use by the army until 1969 when it was turned over to private and commercial use. Many of the old buildings of the arsenal complex still exist today with new life as studios, offices, and living spaces.