Ballet Pacifica's mission 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 has created an Educational Outreach Program titled, SMArts. It an acronym for Science, Math and Arts. This unique program not only brings the performing arts experience to school age children, it also consists of a curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards of California. SMArts will be the most extensive of its kind in the Los Angeles area, bringing the beauty of ballet and classical music to thousands of children each year.
Second graders from public, private, and home schools will be exposed to the world of dance through classroom discussion, hands on activities and a field trip to the Centinela Valley Center of the Arts at Lawndale High School to see a live production of the Nutcracker Suites. The goal of our Educational Outreach Program is to present ballet to young people in a way that will have an endearing impact on their lives.
At a time when meaningful arts education in public schools is limited, it is more important than ever that the performing arts are accessible to public, private, and home-schooled children in our culturally diverse communities.
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
Maureen Gold - BP Staff
Annie Esposito (not pictured) - BP Staff
Amy Johnson - Advertising and Marketing
Jo Bloomfield - Legal