Laguna Dance Theatre opened in 1985 under the direction of Shery Gilbert. Under Ms. Gilbert’s careful tutelage, her very first student was accepted into the New York City Ballet and enjoyed an illustrious career as a NYCB Principal dancer. Since then other students have gone on to dance with major ballet companies such as Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater and to pursue careers as dancers and dance educators.
Laguna Dance Theatre offers strong pre-professional ballet training, customized to the aspirations and possibilities of the individual student. Care is given to the developing physique of each dancer to forestall injury and maximize progress. Along with strong classical technique, artistry and expression, are emphasized throughout the training process.
In addition to ballet classes, LDT also offers the best in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, highland dance, pilates and zumba classes for dancers from age 3 to adult. The atmosphere is warm, friendly, and professional, and students quickly feel part of the LDT family.
LDT is privileged to have a terrific preschool program. From mommy and me classes for the very young, to ballet, tap and jazz classes for children ages 3-6, rhythm, flexibility, strength, musicality, coordination and self-esteem are built into the fun. Summer pre-school dance camps are also offered.
Classes for all levels of commitment and ability are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance. Proper technique and discipline are emphasized in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
For the aspiring professional, intermediate and advanced ballet training is complemented by specific pre-pointe, pointe, variations, pas de deux, stretch/conditioning, pilates, and floor barre work. Private coaching and preparation for Spotlight, YAGP and Prix de Lausanne competitions are also available.