California Workshop

SAB’s annual, two-week intensive in Southern California is focused on strengthening technique and introducing the Balanchine aesthetic to serious young ballet students between the ages of 10 and 12.  Students take two daily technique, pointe or variations classes with members of SAB’s permanent faculty, Monday through Friday, and weekly Pilates mat classes with a certified instructor. SAB considers the CA Workshop to be an important starting point for cultivating young students with the potential to transition into the School’s New York programs. Over the nine years since SAB established the CA Workshop, scores of students who first enrolled in SAB’s California program have gone on to be accepted into SAB’s Summer Course, some have enrolled in our Winter Term, and two are now dancing with New York City Ballet.

Program Dates and Schedule

SAB’s 2020 California Workshop will take place from August 3 – 14, 2020,
at The Maple Conservatory of Dance, 1824 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, California.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday with each level taking two classes between 12 and 4pm. No classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Students who are no younger than 10 and no older than 12 as of 7/31/20 are eligible to attend the 2020 California Workshop.


SAB’s California Workshop curriculum consists of the same varied course offerings as SAB’s core Winter Term program. Classes are geared towards young students who are working towards the possibility of a career in classical ballet.


Daily classical ballet technique classes with barre and center work emphasize the hallmarks of the Balanchine aesthetic: precision, musicality, control and speed.


Beginning and Intermediate pointe classes take into account each class level’s degree of previous exposure to pointe work. Beginning pointe classes include barre exercises to prepare or introduce a young dancer to the first stages of pointe work. Intermediate pointe classes feature both barre and center work aimed at increasing strength and proficiency en pointe.


The mastering of choreography from landmark ballets is an important element to the transformation from student to performer. The Young Dancer Series presents opportunities to learn parts from works such as George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker® and The Sleeping Beauty.


A certified Pilates instructor leads mat classes in the Pilates Method.

Cultural Education

Seminars exploring ballet history, a survey of SAB’s program offerings for intermediate and advanced students, and Q & A’s with accomplished dancers and recent alumni are among the supplemental programs that may be offered.


Members of SAB’s permanent faculty as well as guest teachers from New York City Ballet comprise the faculty of the New York Junior Session. View our complete faculty listing.


The program is designed for local-area students or for students from around the US and abroad who are able to arrange temporary accommodations within commuting distance of the Maple Conservatory of Dance. There are numerous hotel options in the immediate area, including a recently built Homewood Suites by Hilton within walking distance of the Maple Conservatory.

Tuition and Scholarships

2020 California Workshop Tuition Rates
Tuition  $1,295
Registration Fee $75

Students must make a payment deposit at the time of enrollment to secure space in the California Workshop. Balance payments are due on April 1, 2020.


Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are determined at the time of the audition. Student are informed of scholarship amounts as part of their acceptance notifications.  There is no separate application for scholarships.


Admission to the California Workshop is by audition only. US-based applicants must audition in person at one of our National Audition Tour locations or on specified dates at SAB’s headquarters in Manhattan. Students living outside the continental US may audition by video.