Stephanie Maiorano
San Diego, CA
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Stephanie Maiorano

Stephanie M.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a current principal ballet dancer with the San Diego Ballet, where I have been dancing for the past 14 years and 9 years as principal dancer. Prior to that I was a member of the Houston Ballet II. My teaching is based on my background of both the Chechetti Method and The French Method. I have the unique ability to be able to share as a professional ballet dancer what it takes to get to the highest level.

I teach all levels, and all ages. I have been teaching in schools all over Southern Calfiornia for the past 14 years, and I am the artistic director of the San Diego Ballet Summer Intensive.

My classes include:
* Barre work,
* Floor barre,
* Stretching/strengething,
* Body conditioning,
* Center work,
* Pointe work,
* Variations.

I make sure in my lessons to share everything I have learned over my 30 years of dancing both in training and professionally. I specialize in finding exactly what each dancer needs to improve. I know that everyone has different needs and I mold my lessons with that in mind. Each dancer gets a personalized lesson, no two are the same.

I also love to help with building confidence in each dancer. Ballet is an important art, and my goal is to help pass it on to anyone who wants to learn.

About Stephanie M.

My name is Stephanie Maiorano and I am a Principle Dancer with the San Diego Ballet, where I have been performing for 14 years. I love to share everything I have learned as a professional to each of my students through personalized private lessons! Every student is different and has unique needs, so I make sure each coaching session is designed to specifically target the needs of each dancer to improve faster and greater! Weather it's your first time dancing, or you are a seasoned pro, I am happy to teach the basics, improve upon technique, artistry, flexibility and strength.

I have been teaching Ballet to hundreds of dancers all over Southern California over the last 14 years, and am the Artistic Director of the San Diego Ballet Summer Intensive program. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced ballet classes. My youngest students are 5, and my oldest is 90! I love molding each student into the best dancer they can be at any age and any level.

Prior to joining the San Diego Ballet I was a member of Houston Ballet II, and have received training from teachers all over the world. Including Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet Monte Carlo, Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and more. Each of these teachers have passed down a world of knowledge that I now get to share with my students.


I have my diploma in the Chechetti Method, but I also specialize in teaching the French and English Method of ballet. I love sharing everything I have learned through my 30 years of dancing both as a student and as a professional ballet dancer, and my goal is to pass down the art of ballet to anyone who wants to learn!

I've taught over 80 students over the zoom platform in 2020 alone, and have found that it is a great tool to further education and to grow in strength, and flexibility. Also it allows the student to feel comfortable dancing in their own space.

I know at this unique time many of us are stuck at home, and these online courses have proven to be a positive experience to help with not only the physical but mental health as well. I have had many parents comment on how their child's mood has changed drastically for the better after our lessons, and adults taking my course have let me know that it has served as a kind of therapy through these difficult times. Nothing is better than building up endorphins through dance!

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MJ
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Miss Stephanie is approachable and excels at communicating clearly. Her passion and extraordinary skills, love, and respect for her students help improve their musicality and ballet knowledge all while improving strength and technique, Miss Stephanie leads her students with constructive and positive guidance in order to take their skills to the next level. She is a dedicated and patient teacher, who encourages individual achievement for her students as they reach for their full potential. She connects with them and is a genuinely kind person who clearly delights in her students' progress. Miss Stephanie goes above and beyond to make each dancer feel wanted, loved, and encouraged. My kids and I highly recommend Miss Stephanie!

Posted Feb 25, 2021
Holly
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My daughter completed her first ballet lesson with Stephanie this week and we are so happy we chose her. She was on time, patient and made learning the different positions fun. We're looking forward to our weekly lessons and can't wait to see our daughters love for dance develop even more.

Posted Feb 24, 2021
Holly
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Miss Stephanie is an incredible ballet teacher. She is a passionate dancer and is kind and caring. My daughter loves taking lessons from Miss Stephanie!

Posted Feb 19, 2021
Aria
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My session went very well and it was really relaxing. I was pleased with all of the tips:)

Posted Feb 12, 2021
Tekoa A.
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She was amazing!! really attentive and helpful , made noticable improvements with my pirouettes after my first session!

Posted Feb 7, 2021

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Experience

Artistic Director of San Diego Ballet Summer Intensive
Jul 2018 - Present

San Diego Ballet

My job includes teaching classes, (technique, pointe, variations) and run all the rehearsals to prepare for the showcase I produce at the end of the intensive. I am also in charge of the audition process, and the final say on who is invited to train with us each summer.

Principal Ballet Dancer
Sep 2007 - Present

San Diego Ballet

I've been dancing ballet professionally with the San Diego Ballet for 14 years, and 9 years as principal dancer. Some shows I appeared as Principal Dancer include : Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker,Seven Beauties, Firebird, Don Juan, and Les Sylphide

Ballet Coach and Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present

various

I teach primarily at San Diego Ballet School . I also teach summer intensives and master classes in other schools including: The Ballet Studio Temecula, Southern California Ballet School, Dunamix Dance Project, 540 Workshop, and others. I also teach for the San Diego Ballet Company I teach all levels from "baby ballet" to adult ballet. I teach recreational classes, pre-professional, and also professional.

Education

Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Jan 2005 - Jun 2007

Houston Ballet

Ballet
Sep 1990 - Dec 2004

Southern California Ballet

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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