LEILA PARELLO has taught ballet since 1972. She holds a Life-time California Community College Teaching Credential in Dance, as well as a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, and a Preliminary Single Subject Credential in English. Leila is an Adjunct Professor of philosophy at Grossmont College, where she teaches Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Art, and Introduction to Philosophy. Leila won the Excellence in Teaching Award on May 10th, 2012 from Grossmont College’s philosophy department. She has taught at several colleges including Southwestern College and Palomar College. Leila’s ballet training began in Brazil when she was 5 years old. She was trained by Dimitri Romanoff of America Ballet Theater and studied at San Jose Ballet School (Dimitri and Francesca Romanoff), San Francisco Ballet School, Academy of Ballet San Francisco, Youskevitch Ballet School, American Ballet Theater School, and Ballet Arts at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She danced with San Francisco Ballet Company, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, San Jose Dance Theater, and Young Audiences of San Jose, CA. As principal dancer, Leila performed leading roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Raymonda, Les Sylphides, and performed in operas, such as Aida, Carmina Burana, Eugene Onegin, Turandot, Faust, Carmen, Les Troyens, La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, Don Giovanni, A Masked Ball and others. Leila started the School of Ballet Arts in San Jose, CA, where she choreographed major productions such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia Act I, and other original works. She held the position of assistant to the director of the San Francisco Ballet School. After moving to southern California, Leila reopened her school, where she choreographed new productions, such as, Beauty and the Beast, La Boutique Fantasque, Winter Dream, Coppelia Act I, Scenes from Sleeping Beauty, Chopiniana, Carmen, Schubert Dances. Leila has taught ballet at major institutions, such as, San Jose City College, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (artistic director), USIU (now Alliant University), California Ballet School, and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Continuing Education Program.
Dance is a Celebration of Life
The School of Ballet Arts emphasizes the joy of dance in a friendly, non-competitive environment. We believe the art of dance enhances the quality of life. Our focus is classical ballet dance as education, training, fitness, and fun. The School of Ballet Arts offers a complete ballet curriculum for children, teens, and adults. Individualized classes, taught by our credentialed, professional staff, offer a unique opportunity to learn ballet technique, pointe, classical ballet variations, stretch, jazz, and tap. We offer fun Pre-Ballet, and Toddler pre-ballet classes. Our yearly recitals typically occur in the summer. We offer affordable rates, family discounts, and senior citizen discounts.
CAMILLE McPHERSON, faculty member, is a professional ballet dancer with San Diego Ballet. She has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and California Ballet. Camille was trained by Ballet Center West, California Ballet School on a full tuition scholarship, The Jillana School, and Boston Ballet’s Summer School Dance Program. Camille’s teaching experience includes: Ballet Center West, Step in Step, City Ballet of San Diego, Scripps Performing Arts Academy, Academy of Performing Arts, Mix Fitness and Dance, and School of Ballet Arts.
PATRICIA BAKER, faculty member, began her training at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet in Balboa Park. She studied with Jillana of New York City Ballet, among others. Patricia won a full scholarship to study dance and drama at USIU. She performed in productions at the Casa Del Prado Theater, and danced leading roles in productions such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and La Bayadere, as well as modern and contemporary works. Patricia performed leading roles with California Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and San Diego Dance Designs in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda, and Serenade. At San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Patricia taught all levels of ballet and produced her own choreography. She has choreographed original works for The School of Ballet Arts. She looks forward to sharing her experience and love of dance with others.
Ballet Assistants: Danielle Revilla, Hannah Francisco.