Under the leadership of Ms. Leslie Ann Larson, the Central West Ballet Academy got its start in 2015. Prior to this, Central West Ballet conducted a period of expansion classes for serious minded students to lead into a fully fledged academic curriculum. Leslie Ann Larson has mentored numerous ballet students in technique and proper pointe training. Her expertise in all facets of dance training is backed up by a long teaching experience. Known for her positive implementation of dance ethics, Leslie Ann Larson produces students with an accent on clean technique. For young girls graduating to demi-pointe and later on, to full on pointe work, Ms. Larson insist on safe and conscientious lengthy training in preparation for the physical demands of pointe shoe work. Each student who wants to go on pointe has to go through a thorough evaluation before grading to demi-pointe and ultimately, to full pointe shoes.
Leslie Larson has also been the Central West Ballet company’s Ballet Mistress since 2004. Under her constant care and meticulous work process and scheduling, CentralW best Ballet dancers have enjoyed fulfilling dance careers and pristine stage performance results.
Leslie Ann Larson’s meticulous approach to the art of dance is backed by a long and solid career. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Ms. Larson was fortunate to train on a full scholarship at The Dance Laboratory, a small prestigious school in Seattle, Washington. There, she trained with distinguished teachers Charles Bennett of the American Ballet Theatre and Flemming Halby of the Royal Danish Ballet. With Bennett, Ms. Larson developed a conscientious work ethic and dedicated professional attitude. With Halby, she acquired a full danish technique and style. Ms. Larson was also mentored by the great flamenco artist Sara De Luis over a period of two years. She then earned a full scholarship to The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, where she trained under Joffrey Alumni Francesca Corkle and Trinette Singleton.
In her 20 year dance career, Leslie Ann Larson was a member of Oakland Ballet under the direction of Ronn Guidi, where she was instilled with a tradition of the famed Ballets Russes repertory. She then joined Ballet West in Salt Lake City under the direction of John Hart CBE and Jonas Kåge. Under John Hart, Ms. Larson received a complete artistic formation directly from the Royal Ballet tradition. She also learned from great Ballet Masters Elaine Thomas and Denise Schultz.
Caring, conscientious training.
The Central West Ballet Academy offers a growing syllabi of dance styles, emphasizing on classical ballet as well as other forms such as Tap, Jazz, Character and opportunities for experiencing the stage in numerous ways. From the introductory levels to the advanced programs, the students have the chance to be mentored into such classics as The Nutcracker and later on, in creative story ballets such as Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter and the Wolf and other special performances.
Above all, the Academy focuses on correct posture, introduction to the basics of ballet technique for the young and a gradual formation in classical ballet, including an in-depth knowledgeable approach to pre-pointe and pointe shoe training. The students are immersed in a creative and inspiring environment enabling them to set personal goals and consider an avenue for a training track into CWB II, a trainee company program leading into the main Central West Ballet Company. We maintain small class sizes to ensure that every student receives individualized attention. Students are taught by an accomplished staff made of current Company members under the professional leadership of Leslie Ann Larson, Director of the Academy.
Teaching correct posture.
Photography, left and below: Gabriel Ceballos Studio
A positive environment.
Enjoyable ways to learn the basiscs of ballet.
Introduction to the joy of dance.
Introduction to all aspects of dance
Helping each student
reach full potential.
Learning all the basics of
An emphasis on classical training.
A complete curriculum for a well rounded dance education.
Consistent training at any age.
Teaching all major styles of dance.