Since her phenomenal final Giselle with ABT, Amanda McKerrow and her husband John Gardner, former ABT soloist, have been quietly growing Ethan Stiefel's Ballet Pacifica:
"... in the true tradition of quality ballet, their motto remains “first a school”—incidentally, the most famous quote about Balanchine ever. McKerrow and Gardner will teach full-time their first year before focusing their energy on the company.
“This year, we will raise the level of the training, take it to a higher level,” McKerrow says; already this fall, they’ve added point and technique classes to build strength and endurance—plus an emphasis on teaching a technique that reflects the range of American dance. “Today’s American dancer has to be prepared to do a diversity of styles,” McKerrow explains. Eventually, the school will act as a feeder for the company."
The full article, which includes a photo of Gardner lifting McKerrow in class:
Although sights are really set on Fall, 2006, there will be a children's program in October:
"Ballet Pacifica Academy will be presenting a new program this fall for our Children's Series at the Laguna Festival Forum Theatre on October 22 and 23. The fall program will present two new premieres: a newly choreographed ballet by choreographer, Charles Maple, Why do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears?, as well as the colorful and entertaining new ballet, The Monster Boogie and Other Dances, choreographed by Lorin Johnson and set to the music of the beloved song-writer for children, Laurie Berkner"
and a Nutcracker season with some interesting guest stars.
The performance schedule is:
December 9-24, 2005
December 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm
December 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 2:00pm
December 24 at 11:00am
Guest Artist Schedule
Sascha Radetsky and Stella Abrera
(American Ballet Theatre)
12/13 @ 7:30pm
12/14 @ 7:30pm
12/22 @ 7:30pm
12/23 @ 2:00pm
Douglas Gawriljuk and Marife Gimenez
(Ballet Gamonet Maximum Dance - formerly Miami City Ballet)
12/15 @ 7:30pm
12/17 @ 7:30pm
12/18 @ 7:30pm
12/20 @ 7:30pm
12/21 @ 7:30pm
Tickets are on sale for both programs, with location and ticketing information at: