Ballet Pacifica's mission is to expose young people to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of ballet through educational outreach and performances. Its innovative "SMArts" Program (Science, Math and the Arts) offers an interactive digital curriculum for second and third graders that integrates dance and movement with concepts such as symmetry, balance, force, story-telling and world culture, culminating in a performance of the "Nutcracker Suites" ballet. Ballet Pacifica proudly serves thousands of students across Los Angeles County, and is excited to expand its arts education outreach program throughout California and beyond.
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Linden McPherson is the President of Ballet Pacifica.
Linden has danced all her life, training with teachers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Anthony Tudor, Eugene Loring, Jilanna, and Larry Rosenberg. She was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet. Linden danced professionally 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. She has performed works by Eugene Loring, Jillana, Larry and Sarma Rosenberg.
Linden is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed ABT Teacher Training of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Linden is also a certified Pilates Instructor and loves seeing the results in the dancers.
Linden recently retired in July 2021, with over 40 years of teaching ballet and 20 years as as the Artistic Director and owner of a
California dance school.
She is now focusing on expanding Ballet Pacifica's SMArts program.
Jack Virga-Hall is the treasurer of 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 continue his dance and music education at the California Institute of the Arts, founded by Roy & Walt Disney.
Jack has danced professionally with the Ken Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Pony Box Dance Theatre and 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
Maureen Gold - SMArts coordinator
Amy Johnson - Advertising and Marketing
Jo Bloomfield - Legal
Liz Odabashian - Philanthropic stategist
Ballet Pacifica a 501(c)3 non-profit
PO Box #3006
425 15th Street
Manhattan Beach, Ca 90266