Pacific Ballet Conservatory

Longtime Aliso Viejo dance school celebrating more than three decades

Pacific Ballet Conservatory is celebrating 32 years as the premier ballet school in South Orange County embracing its motto of “Excellence, Brilliance and Virtuosity.” The professional dance school opened its Aliso Viejo doors in 1982. Since then, the school has been devoted to providing dance instruction in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, Pilates and contemporary dance styles including hip hop.

“Our mission is to help our students through personalized care and excellent training to become consummate dancers and young people of exceptional caliber,” said Maryann P. Bayless, owner and artistic director.

Pacific Ballet Conservatory is a family affair for Maryann and her daughter, Marissa Wennerberg. Both were professional dancers — Maryann a  ballerina with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Marissa danced professionally in Japan. Together, they bring a love of dance into their business that staffs 16 top-notch instructors who have danced in venues across the globe including the Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Netherlands Ballet and Gus Giordano.  The school provides classes for children as young as 2 up to adults. Students come from Aliso Viejo and throughout South County.

Throughout the years, the business has improved in strength and stability, and it takes pride in giving back and being “green.”

“Dancers drink a lot of water,” Maryann said. “We recycle plastic water containers every day. We also correspond with students and parents via email and use as little paper as possible.”

The school gives back to the community by supporting  events and performing whenever dancers are asked.

“This teaches our students to give back,” Maryann said.  “Pacific Ballet Conservatory has a nonprofit organization, which helps our students with scholarships and sponsors events and seminars at no charge for our dancers and all who wish to come and help us create a unique dance community where all are welcome to participate.”

Maryann is proud of her students’ success over the years, with many going on to become professional dancers in major ballet companies like the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Nevada Ballet along with other professional dance organizations such as Universal Studios and Disneyland.

Pacific Ballet Conservatory is at 66 Argonaut. For more information, call 949-837-0095.

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