Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director Peter Martins

California Workshop

California Workshop Overview

Information on the 2017 California Workshop for Young Dancers will be posted in October.  Please check back in the fall for audition dates and pre-registration.



The Workshop will be held at the Maple Conservatory of Dance, 1824 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, California.

The Workshop is designed for serious ballet students between the ages of 10 and 14. Students must be no younger than 10 and no older than 14 as of July 31 the year of the current program to enroll in the Workshop.

Please note: Students between the ages of 12 and 14 (as of July 31) are eligible for BOTH SAB’s New York Summer Course and the California Workshop. When students complete the audition registration form, they must indicate which program they wish to be considered for. They may elect to be considered for one or both programs.

Admission to the California Workshop for Young Dancers is by audition only. Auditions will be held in seven locations on SAB’s National Audition Tour: San Francisco, San Diego, Irvine, and Los Angeles (all in California), Seattle, WA, Salt Lake City, UT and Phoenix, AZ. Students from any state may attend the California Workshop for Young Dancers, but they should attend one of these 7 audition sites to apply for the program.  If you are interested in auditioning for the CA Workshop only and do not live close to any of these 7 audition locations, please contact auditions@sab.org for alternative audition options. 

At the time of the January auditions, students 10 or younger are expected to have completed a minimum of 1-1/2 years of training. Eleven year olds should have completed a minimum of 2 years of training (including introductory pointe work), and 12 to 14 year olds should be training at the intermediate level.

The aesthetic of George Balanchine, which emphasizes speed, musicality, control and precision guides SAB’s instruction. Classes in Ballet Technique, Variations and Pointe will be offered at the CA Workshop.

Members of SAB’s permanent faculty, under the direction of Chairman of Faculty Peter Martins, will conduct the CA Workshop classes.  More information about the 2015 California Workshop faculty can be found here

Housing and transportation will not be provided for students attending the CA Workshop. The program is designed for local-area students or for those who are able to arrange temporary accommodations within commuting distance of Irvine.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday with each level taking one morning and one afternoon class every day. No classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday.