Larchmont Ballet

Basic Information

Address: 866 S Bronson AVE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90005
Phone Number: 1 (323)-273-2717
Person of Contact: Jennifer Nairn-Smith

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Lesson Types: Ballet (Movement Exploration babies 21/2 to 31/2 yrs old) beginners 4-6 yrs old all the way up thru preprofessional.
Styles/Genres: Ballet, RAD, Balanchine, VaganovaTechniques. Zena Rommet's Floor Barre; Pilates reformer, and mat classes, Musical theater jazz classes and choreo from acclaimed choreographers;

See scheduling on the website. In Covid times, sanitizing, safe distancing, masks and hand washing. Small studio, (20'x25') sprung floor, barres, mirrors, heating, open all doors, windows, only work with 10 students at a time. In covid times maximum is 3.

Instruction Levels: babies thru beginning thru to semi professional and sometimes professionals come to work on a technical problem.
Hours: can go from 8.00am thru 9.00pm
Class Schedule: different during Covid. Look on website.
Ages: 21/2 years old thru pre-professional 18 years old, then show time have semi pros and professionals join.
Gender: male and female
Capacity: 10 per class though in Covid times 3 maximum and privates and possible semi privates
Pricing: look on website. sliding scale for Covid times. Non covid times. Privates 120.00 an hour class 17.00 a class; Union rates 15.00 a class
Payment Methods: cash check Venmo Paypal
Setting/Location(s): Wonderful private studio ( see pictures on website ) in a charming HPOZ home ( Historic Preservation area)
Program Highlights:

Spring performance; Holiday Performance of The Nutcracker. Students perform at YAGP and the Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Music Center in DTLA (down town Los Angeles)
Every ten weeks we hold an appreciation tea for the parents of the current group of students, after they have performed either barre/center work plus ensemble choreography and solos.

Dress Code: pink tights, leotard, ballet slippers, basic ballet bun.
Recitals: Spring recital Holiday Nutcracker ( three performances during one weekend)
Academic Teaching Experience: Jennifer Nairn-Smith won a commonwealth scholarship (from her birth countryAustralia) to the senior school of the Royal Ballet School She also won a scholarship to School of American Ballet before entering the New York City Ballet.
Performance Credentials: Performed in many Balanchine ballet including being an original in Brahms Schoenberg Quartet, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, (Stravinsky/Balanchine ballet) Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, another Balanchine/ Stravinsky ballet. A Midsummer Night's Dream; Firebird; Original in the ballet Jewels (Led corps in with partner Wilhelm Burmann, in Diamonds. and more. On Broadway, Original in Pippin (Fosse) Follies(Stephen Sondheim Hal Prince and choreographer Michael Bennett) also "The movie"Best Little whore House in Texas ( starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton) Choreographer Tony Stephens. Did the opening number of Pippin for the Tony Awards (Pippin) can be seen on YouTube. and loads more.

Won best dancer in the Eisteddfods (Irish step dancing, sailor's hornpipe, Scottish Sword DAnce and Highland Fling; Ballelt solo, character dance and pointe solo. All RAD examinations. Won first place Honors for RAD Elementary in Australia. and more.


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Mission Statement:

Work with all students who train at the LarchmontBallet so that they can access their own true and full potential.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

As a ballerina who has had the fortune to work with the very best in the Ballet and Broadway worlds, it is always our love and duty to pass on what we have learned from the greats. This is what I do, and I have the eagle eye. I can see the flaw instantly. Trained to look for imperfection.


School did really well had 150 students, then the Korean population exploded and the Russians started to come after the fall of Communism in 1990.(Incidentally I was sent to Moscow to work with the Ice Show"Moscow on Ice" to commercialize it for a world tour in 1990. Also did a huge show in Japan 1984, Cosmopolis opening a 20,000 seat stadium in Kobe , Japan.

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