Pacific Theatre Ballet began as a dream by master teacher, Ann-Marie McClellan, to expose young dancers to the rigors, joys and triumphs of being a professional classical dancer. Dancers who participate in PTB are given the experience of dancing at a real, professional audition, reaching out to the community through lecture demonstrations, and performing for the community in classical ballets. All of our lead roles are danced by the incredibly talented dancers in our company. We do not hire professionals to dance in our productions--we don't need to.
The director, Ann-Marie McClellan, began dancing at the age of 5 under the direction of Sarah Derrickson at the El Toro School of Dance. Her classical ballet training began with the Cecchetti Method and as it developed came to include Russian and Balanchine styles. Her instructors have included Jillana, Stefan Wente, El Gabriel, Marnell Himes, Katherine Steadmen, Janine Paulson, Larry Rosenberg, and Lila Zali, Molly Lynch and many more. Ms. McClellan's training also includes extensive experience in modern, jazz, musical theater and tap dance styles including working with Donald McKayle in his world premier of "Ringaleveio" and Chet Walker in "Follies". Ms. McClellan has performed with San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Golden State Ballet and Coast Ballet Theatre. Ann-Marie has received a Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Teaching and a Master of Fine Arts Degree both from the Univeristy of California at Irvine. Her students have continued their professional preparation at such prestigious schools as the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet to name just a few. Ann-Marie currently has previous students performing with Pennsylvania Ballet and Houston Ballet.
Ann-Marie is a senior staff member at Pacific Ballet Conservatory in Aliso Viejo and the director of the Dance Department at JSerra Catholic High School.
It is of the utmost importance to Ms. McClellan that her dancers, regardless of age, look and feel like professional dancers on stage.
Ann-Marie McClellan is joined by Jane Matty in choreographing for the company.
Ms. Matty has enjoyed dancing for over four decades; professionally with San Francisco Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Holland. She was also a studio owner and artistic director for 8 years. She attained a degree in Architecture and studied for her MFA in dance at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona before relocating to California in 2001, to spend more time with her three children.
"Practice never makes perfect...only perfect practice makes perfect."
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