Align Ballet Method course #1. The original adult beginner course that has trained thousands of students since 2011. Many students have gone on to dance en pointe and make ballet training part of their lifestyle. For total adult beginners or those who desire a gentle return to ballet. Align 1 covers all aspects of classical training. Exercises. Terminology. Body Placement. Positions. Musicality. Similar to the training at great ballet company schools but streamlined for adult beginners. Our process is intuitve and easy to follow. At the end of the 6 classes students will have gained the skill to complete a basic ballet barre and simple work in center. Appropriate for all ages and body types. Alignment. 6 classes. 1 hour per week. Same location, instructor, day, time, and fellow students. A simple process. Open to ALL! 1 make up class per series. Read about ALIGN featured in The Los Angeles Times.
Align 2 is the second and final course in our total adult beginners series. We resume where we left off in ALIGN 1. The ALIGN 2 course immediately follows ALIGN 1 and is scheduled with the same instructor, time, and location. Continue developing your barre technique and begin basic center traveling steps. After completing ALIGN 2 our students are prepared to join our open schedule basic classes. 1 hour per week. Same location, instructor, day, time, and fellow students. A simple process. Open to all. 1 make up class per series.
Basic semesters are for students with prior training or those who have completed our workshop series. These closed classes are purchased in blocks and attended over a 2 – 4 month period. We are utilizing semesters to build small dedicated adult ballet communities throughout Southern California.
Born in Tucson AZ where she trained with Ballet Tucson. After attending summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater (New York), and The School of American Ballet, Jahna returned to Seattle to train full time in the PNB school’s Professional Division, and joined the company in 2012. In 2015 Jahna joined the San Francisco Ballet and was subsequently promoted to soloist in 2017. She has danced principal roles in “Rubies” by George Balanchine, “Hedda Gabler” in “Ibsen’s House” by Val Caniparoli, “New Suite” and “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude” by William Forsythe, “Chamber Symphony” by Alexei Ratmansky, among others. Created principal roles by choreographers Alonzo King, and Myles Thatcher. Created featured roles by Twyla Tharp, Justin Peck, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, among others. Did works by Jiri Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite, among others. She has not only trained in classical ballet, but also tap, jazz, Fosse, and modern, Alexander Technique, and acting.
Madeline’s training began at the San Elijo Dance Academy in San Diego, California before she went on to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Her summer studies included the School of American Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she went on to be a PD on full scholarship. After a year of dancing with PNB she accepted her first professional contract with the Los Angeles Ballet, where she danced for 7 consecutive seasons. While there she performed a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire, most notably Bournonville’s “Napoli Pas de Six”, Balanchine’s “Third Theme” from The Four Temperaments, and “Dark Angel” from Balanchine’s “Serenade”. She also performed in Azsure Barton’s “Les Chambres de Jacque”, LAB’s “La Sylphide”, “Swan Lake” and many more.
Shadé St. Juste
Began her early training as a ballet dancer in Miami, FL and was later introduced to jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary. She’s a proud graduate of Miami’s top performing arts high school and has spent many summers attending dance competitions with her local studio. Shadé, continued her arts education by attending Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program & received numerous dance achievement awards, such as being a recipient for the Alvin Ailey Annual & Summer Intensive Student Fellowship program, NAACP ACT-SO gold medalist, NYCDA College Scholarship Recipient, and joining the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Throughout her career she has been granted the opportunity to dance as a soloist for a dance company, on a cruise line, to teach at her local studios and dance conventions, participate in live performances with various artists and has completed 3 seasons as a Los Angeles “Laker Girl”. She is a highly sought artist in the competitive Hollywood commercial dance scene.