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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Rating: 4.93 stars   45 reviews 743


1650 El Prado Suite 209 San Diego CA 92101 USA


To provide the youth of San Diego with an opportunity to study, understand and appreciate, through education and participation, the art of ballet, and to enrich the cultural life of the community.

Target demographics:

youth and families experience the art of ballet

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 400 students weekly through our studio classes and over 600 students through our community outreach classes and workshops.

Geographic areas served:

San Diego


classical ballet education, affordable family performances, and community outreach programs in urban elementary schools.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

My wife and I have attended several San Diego Civic Youth Ballet performances and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Having watched our own children perform in countless plays, recitals, and dance showcases over the years, we had a sense of what we might experience with SDCYB. What a wonderful surprise awaited us! The choreography, sets, costumes, and performance levels were exceptional. On more than one occasion it seemed as if we were watching a professional troupe. I can only imagine how proud the parents of these darling dancers must feel. We can't wait to join them for this year's Nutcracker!

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Expand, if possible, in order to give more children an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Rating: 5 stars  

While we don't need to mention exactly how long ago it was that I danced at San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, let's just say we're talking decades ago and not just years! When my parents first signed me up for class, I remember not being interested, but I gave it a chance and soon I was hooked. I am happy to say that I stuck with it for almost ten years and have felt the benefits of that time to this day. I even have a dear friend I still talk to who I met in ballet class when I was 8 years old. I'm still on this organization's mailing list because I enjoy seeing what they are up to and thrilled to see that they are still going strong after all of these years. Keep up the good work!

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It doesn't get much better than SDCYB. I have had both of my kids go through their program for years. The teachers are all excellent and I am so grateful that my children have experienced the many benefits of ballet. They understand the value of hard work, dedication, discipline, patience and making smart choices about their health and fitness. They have made many friends over the years, we have enjoyed watching them grow both on and off stage and our entire family will forever be grateful to this organization for the work they do.

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Believe it or not, I took ballet classes at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet back in the 1950's. At that time, it was run by a woman named Maria Fielding and I have many fond memories of spending afternoons in Balboa Park. Recently, I decided to take my two grandchildren to one of their performances of "Coppélia." I love that ballet and haven't seen it in decades, so I chose this opportunity to expose the young kids to dance. To my joy (and surprise in this age of digital media), they loved it and immediately asked me when they could go again. Well, let's just say that I plan to take them as much as they want to go! As I watched all of the young dancers and saw the smiles on my grandchildren's faces, I was reminded of my own time studying ballet and reflected on how those life skills I learned with Mrs. Fielding over 50 years ago have stayed with me ever since. After "Coppélia," I found the ballet on Facebook so I could receive updates about future performances and saw their request for patrons to post reviews on this website. I am proud to enthusiastically support this as a "Great Nonprofit" and share the impact it has had, and continues to have, on my life.

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My daughter has taken ballet classes at SDCYB for years and our family is so proud to be a part of this organization. My husband and I will never forget the first time we saw her perform as one of the little candies in "The Nutcracker" and have so enjoyed watching her thrive and grow both on stage and in the classroom. Ballet is undeniably a beautiful art, but it's even more than that. It instills in its dancers qualities such as strength, focus, discipline, patience, a strong work ethic and so much more. My daughter has already expressed to us that she wants to continue her training and we can't think of a better place to do that than at SDCYB!

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I have two daughters that have been attending ballet classes here for eight years. Our family has only encountered positive experiences with the teachers and office staff. The teachers are respectful and encouraging, and they each have a unique and creative approach in addressing technique and choreography. The office staff is very friendly and approachable with any questions or concerns that parents may have. The teachers and staff are very supportive and genuinely care about each other.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet emphasizes safety and security around the classes and performances. They are adamant about not letting the young dancers leave class without joining them with their parent, and they do not let ANY dancer of any age leave a performance without joining them with their parent.

I would highly recommend this ballet company!

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This fabulous class was one of the best things ever for my daughter! She blossomed and gained so much confidence. It was awesome to see! She is proud to call herself a ballerina!

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The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is one of my favorite charities in San Diego! Just one look at these young dancers performing on stage and you will feel the same way! Arts programs continue to to disappear from our schools, so community organizations like SDCYB are essential to providing an opportunity for youth to have an outlet for creativity and expression and foster a passion for the performing arts. Looking at these young performers, you can see the pure joy that their experience in SDCYB has brought to their lives. Nothing warms my heart like seeing an SDCYB performance. Thank you for all that you do for local youth and the greater arts community!

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My 15 year old daughter has been dancing with SDCYB since she was 7 years old. We love this studio so much and for so many reasons. When she was little, she participated in their homeschool dance classes that fit our schedule really well. One of the things we've cherished most about SDCYB is their amazing staff! Each of my daughter's dance teachers has their own unique approach, but they are all able to inspire without pressure, communicate clearly, and help my daughter progress in her dance with support and expert guidance. I LOVE that every student is given an opportunity to perform in high-quality productions multiple times a year and I truly appreciate not having to buy glitzy single-use costumes each time she performs (unlike other dance companies). SDCYB has a gifted Costume Mistress who puts together beautiful costumes for each show that the students borrow and return for future productions. I also really appreciate SDCYB's dedication to our community, providing free outreach programs for youth all around the county. What a gift to our community!

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Rating: 4 stars  

SDCYB provides some of the most affordable ballet training in San Diego and the only thing that might match the beauty of the art they produce on stage is the beauty of Balboa Park, where their performances and classes take place. It can be challenging to get a spot in the classes because the organization has grown so much in the last couple of years, that's just a testament to the strength and quality of the school. No matter what, even if your child can't sign up for class, you can still bring your family to a performance of "The Nutcracker" or one of the many shows they present throughout the year. As more and more arts funding gets cut from public schools, we need more places like SDCYB!

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