Ballet Conservatory

About the Conservatory

Marin Conservatory of Dance is a conservatory providing quality and high caliber professional training in classical ballet. MCD offers students of all levels an opportunity to explore and express themselves physically and emotionally.

The Conservatory offers year-round training with three semesters that coincide with the academic school year. The classes are a two semester commitment for Fall and Spring with options in the Summer.  We also offer performance opportunities by level and per semester. These opportunities expose and engage  awareness in the performing arts. At MCD, we believe class is for training ballet technique with occasional rehearsals at the end of class prior to performances. Performance rehearsals are scheduled on weekends outside of normal class time for Levels 3-5, as well as Pointe classes. Levels 1A-2 work on choreography during  the last 15 minutes of class several months prior to performances. Rehearsal schedules are posted on our Blog page. 

Fall & Spring semesters are approximately 17-20 weeks in length. During Summer semesters, we offer one - four week intensives. The Conservatory syllabus is loosely based on the Vaganova (Russian) method. The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). It was derived from the teachings of the Premier Maitre de Ballet, Marius Petipa, throughout the late 19th century. The method fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian Cecchetti technique. The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.

Students must enroll in all classes required per level, optional classes are highly recommended. Please inquire about placement classes for dancers with previous ballet experience. Students may spend one to three+ years in each level. This ensures proper technique, strength, alignment, stamina, and artistry. MCD has a required uniform that is available for purchase at the studio. We recommend students get fitted and purchase pointe shoes from Marin Dancewear.  Please call ahead to make an appointment https://marindancewear.com . For purchase of miscellaneous ballet items we recommend www.discountdance.com.  

At Marin Conservatory of Dance we provide quality ballet training; therefore, we keep our class sizes small to ensure personal correction and attention. Classes will fill quickly. Students will be placed on a waitlist when classes are full. 


MCD is in close proximity to many Mill Valley elementary schools, Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalapais High School. Students can walk or bike to ballet classes.


                                             Southern Marin's only Classical Ballet Conservatory!