About Ballet Petit
Ballet Petit had its earliest beginnings back in 1977 at the Happy Time Nursery School in Fremont. Then in 1983, Ballet Petit first appeared in Newark as its own entity. Today, Ballet Petit now enjoys a roster of over 300 students, of all ages and abilities.
Artistic Director, Peggy Peabody having recently ended her studies at the San Francisco Ballet School, decided to create her own place where local dancers could also learn and thrive as she had. In 1977 Peggy began teaching ballet as a nursery school activity which eventually evolved into what is now known as Ballet Petit.
The younger version of the current school first performed its mini-version of The Nutcracker in 1979 with 12 young dancers. The production grew as the dancers developed and matured. December 2013, marks Ballet Petit’s 35th anniversary Nutcracker, bringing together alumni and current dancers. The 2013 Nutcracker cast is excited to near 300 dancers in over 450 costumes.
Ballet Petit performs an annual Spring Concert, as well, providing another stage opportunity for its dancers. It also offers workshops in Modern dance. In 2013, Ballet Petit began hosting the Oakland Ballet Company’s Ballet Boot Camp, a wonderful summer intensive program. Dancers attend from all over the Bay Area and beyond, where they study various forms of dance in addition to ballet, under the watchful eye of Oakland Ballet Company staff. Ballet Petit dancers may also apply for its Junior Company, where the most serious dancers further develop their ballet training.
Ballet Petit moved into its permanent home in February 2013. Its new 15,000 state of the art facility will be a place where dancers of all ages will continue to be respected and encouraged to thrive for decades to come.