Our mission at Ballet Pacifica is to expose children and teens to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of ballet through exceptional dance education, community outreach, and inspiring performances.
Ballet Pacifica provides an educational outreach known as the SMARTS Program to give children in public, private, and home-schooled settings the opportunity to learn about the artistry of dance, the elements of a ballet and the opportunity to see a live ballet performance.
Scholarships For Dancers
Ballet Pacifica believes dancers should have access to pre-professional training regardless of their families financial
Scholarships will be funded for promising students from the educational outreach program
to continue their training.
Ballet Pacifica Members
Linden McPherson is Artistic Director and owner of Pacific Dance Center and Pacific Pilates. She is the President of Ballet Pacifica.
Linden has danced all her life, training with teachers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Eugene Loring, Jilanna, and Larry Rosenberg. She was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet. Linden danced professionally with Capistrano Ballet and as an artist in TV and commercials.
Linden graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where she received her B.A. in Dance and her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Dance.
Linden is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Linden is a certified
Pilates Instructor. She has incorporated Pilates into the ballet curriculum to enhance the dancers training, muscle symmetry and core strength. As a ballet teacher for over 30 years she brings knowledge and experience to each class and production.
Jack Virga-Hall is the Assistant Artistic Director of Pacific Dance Center, an elite ballet school in the South Bay as well as the Vice President and treasurer of PDCs offshoot nonprofit Ballet Pacifica. He became active in the arts at a very young age. Trained as a martial artist, it was an early introduction to musical theater that allowed him to hone his skills for dancing, singing, and acting.
Working for an entertainment company throughout high school, Jack decided to continue his education with the California Institute of the Arts, founded by Roy & Walt Disney. His studies focused on dance and music, introducing him to the director of Ken Dance Company, the first professional company he toured with. He currently tours internationally with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, modern company (since 2008), as well as Pony box Dance Theatre, contemporary company and most recently dancing for Ballet D’ Hommes a classical ballet all male pointe company.
Jack is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT's National Training Curriculum. After working with several companies and performing across the country, Jack is dedicated to sharing his knowledge of the art of dance and bring the joy of the art to as many young lives as possible.
Ballet Pacifica Board of Directors
Linden McPherson - President
Jack Virga Hall - Treasurer
Peggy Grant - Secretary
Corina McGovern - Educational Outreach
Amy Johnson - Advertising and Marketing
Jo Bloomfield - Legal
Maureen Gold - BP Staff
Annie Esposito (not pictured) - BP Staff
Board members left to right:
Corina McGovern, Peggy Grant, Jack Virga- Hall, Linden McPherson,
Amy Johnson, Maureen Gold, Jo Bloomfield, and Queala Clancy