Jimmy DeFore Dance Center

Nominated for: BEST Dance Studio

Jimmy DeFore Dance Center 151 Kalmus Dr Costa Mesa CA (714) 241-9908

Our purposes are to provide instruction, facilities, sponsor public performances, provide scholarships and aid for artists and provide community outreach via the arts. We are closed only 9 days each year. Instruction is ongoing. The following are some of the things we've done and continue to do:
We have hosted ballet company auditions for Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, Idyllwild School of Arts and Ballet Met. We award 16 to 24 full scholarships each year. Each scholarship dancer takes 15 to 20 hours of dance per week. We produce Master Classes and workshops with world class instructors like Irina Kolpakova, Luigi, Sean Lavery, Gus Giordano, Allegra Kent, Hinton Battle, Darci Kistler, Stanley Holden and others.
We have trained dancers who are now in Broadway shows (Both national and international tours), ballet companies, cruise ships, videos, film, industrials and some have opened their own studios. For several years we produced Works-In-Progress, the only Orange County venue where choreographers could bring dancers to try out new works, and visual artists, dancers of all kinds, poets, writers, ceramicists and painters could bring art to share with the public - all free to participants or audience. We donate free rehearsal space to professional non profit dance companies in Orange County like Jazz Spectrum and Bare Dance Company, and in the past to Rhapsody in Taps and His Grace Ministry. We taught Ballroom and Swing dance to teens and adults 4 times a week and hosted United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association for a substantial time.
We bring in doctors, nutritionists and other health experts from time to time to give seminars and lecture demonstrations. We do not charge for these.

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