Pacific Ballet Academy, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, was established in 1985 as a small studio by our Founding Director, Marion Chaeff, who desired to pass on to the next generation her training experience and deep love of the classical ballet. Over the span of 30 years, as enrollment grew and performance opportunities increased, her daughter, Rima Chaeff, joined the school as co-Director, overseeing the school relocation to its current campus on Wright Ave and Polaris, conveniently reachable from Shoreline Blvd. In 2014, the school enlarged its campus by adding a 4th spacious studio. This expansion has provided more comfortable rehearsal space to prepare for our annual Nutcracker production at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Approximately 300 girls and boys, ranging in age from 3 1/2 to 18, attend classes during the school’s Fall and Winter Terms, each Term is approximately 19 weeks. The School offers a full range of graded classes, from pre-ballet to pre-professional training, with a unique opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to study the traditions and discipline of Russian Ballet, as well as a newly evolving, more modern form of dance. Whether a student’s goal is a career in dance or purely recreational exercise, our dedicated faculty offers personal attention and professional training to match each student’s interest.
In summer months, a more flexible agenda is provided:
Dance Camp for students aged 6 to 11 years with an end-of-the-week performance. Children learn a classical ballet and a theatre piece every week.
Flexible Summer Course for 4 to 12 years old and Teen/ Adult students, a 5-week session, as well as drop-in classes, are offered.
Intensive Summer Course for Intermediate and Advanced students where the curriculum includes a daily ballet class followed by specialized classes in pointe, variations, conditioning, contemporary, and other dance forms with special guest teachers.
Everyone is invited to come in and try our Adult Classes, suitable for beginning and Intermediate dancers. We offer classes in the mornings and evenings. Drop in and series of 5 or 10 classes are available.
Our Parent Volunteer Program
The success of our school productions is helped by the tremendous volunteer support of our parents. Parents volunteer their time, energy and talent that then are matched with our production needs from pre-production phase to the final show curtain. Our Volunteer Program, managed by Nancy Romano, organizes parents into a wide variety of tasks ranging from Photography, to Dance Group Chaperones, Green Room Supervisors, Security, to Theatre Load-In and Load-Out. We try to find volunteer positions suitable to every family situation during our productions or other times throughout the year. Our Volunteer Program is one of the pillars of our School.