Located 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, California Dance Theatre was founded in 1985 by Artistic Directors Kim Maselli and Joyce Hurley, and Administrative Director, Lori Sorensen.
Visit our beautiful facility in Westlake Village with five studios spanning over 10,000 square feet. With over 30 teachers on staff, we offer dance classes to students of all ages and levels — from children to adults, beginners to professionals — in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, musical theatre, jazz, acro and hip-hop.
Baby Ballet and Mommy Too! These courses are an introduction to dance for 2-3 year olds and mommy, too! In this gentle environment, mother and child can learn together the basics of ballet and the magic of dance. This builds confidence in young ones and keeps mothers in shape!
Creative Dance This is a class, for the young 3 year old, is devoted to the freedom of movement while letting children add their own spark of creativity. Props and special equipment are used to challenge kids with problem-solving situations while moving their bodies. This course is perfect for curious young ones!
Primary Classes A more structured yet age appropriate program for the 4-5 year olds. These Young Dancers will learn the different forms of dance such as ballet, tap, and jazz. Students will explore these areas in a creative and fun environment.
Junior Division (6-13+) While instilling the love of dance and music, structured classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, modern and acro are offered, growing the young student into an accomplished dancer. In our classical training, California Dance Theatre is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
High School Division (14-18+) CDT's High School program offers a diversity of classes. From the teenage student who loves to dance recreationally to the serious minded student who wishes to pursue a college or professional dance career, daily classes in ballet, pointe,variations, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and hip hop are offered. Taught by world class instructors, CDT's faculty has a passion for dance and a desire to pass on their dance expertise to the upcoming generations.
Adult Division You are never to old to learn how to dance or rekindle your love for dance! CDT's Adult Division offers daily classes in ballet, tap, and jazz. Our instructors promote the love of movement, music and the arts not to mention a great work out!
California Dance Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program (PTP) is a supplemental program for the career/college minded dancer. This 10 hour/week program provides the additional training necessary that is achieved in an accelerated environment. Combined with the standard 10 hour/week training program and the 7 hour/week rehearsal process, the additional 10 hour PTP will give each dancer a 27 hour/week training regime.
Included in the program curriculum are:
Performing opportunities three seasons a year with affiliate company, Pacific Festival Ballet.
Private and Semi-Private coaching for Youth America Grand Prix Competition & Music Cetner Spotlight Competition.