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Hoquiam, WA 98550

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Lighthouse Ballet 

Founded in 2010, the Lighthouse Conservatory of Dance Theater and Culture specializes in Russian classical ballet technique.  Classes available for children and adults.

Ballet Terminology


Arabesque [a-ra-BESK]   One of the basic poses in ballet, arabesque takes its name from a form of Moorish ornament. In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which can be straight or demi-pli�, with the other leg extended behind and at right angles to it.


Assembl� [a-sahn-BLAY] A step in which the working foot slides well along the ground before being swept into the air. As the foot goes into the air the dancer pushes off the floor with the supporting leg, extending the toes. Both legs come to the ground simultaneously in the fifth position.


Pli� [plee-AY]

Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees. This is an exercise to render the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic, and to develop a sense of balance..


Relev� [ruhl-VAY]

Raised. A raising of the body on the points or demi-pointes, point or demi-pointe.


From the American Ballet Theatre-



* No class from July 1 - 11.


*Ballet shoes are recommended for practices and performances.  A limited number are available at the studio for purchase.


Cinderella Preview - Moscow Ballet

Cinderella Preview: Moscow Ballet





The Newsletter of the Lighthouse Ballet Academy 

Specializing in Russian classical ballet technique 


Vol.1, Issue 1                                                                                   June 2011  

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With much excitement I write  this note to welcome you to the  premiere issue of our newsletter,  Footlights. We hope to provide  you with information about the  wonderful and unique world of  ballet and theater that is being  created in this beautiful area of Hoquiam, WA, where local children and adults take  dance classes and have the opportunity to perform.

My objective is to have a local established ballet academy and professional company to perform full length ballets, such as our first Nutcracker, that was presented at our great 7th Street Theater in 2010, and Cinderella in May. This was done with local kids and adults, and lots of faith. We plan to perform The Nutcracker again this year, and hopfully Don Quixote in 2012. For now, I welcome you to get to know us and be a part of us as student, fan, or patron.
My joy to share this, our first newsletter, with our community only grows when it can be shared.  I am humbled to have experienced how much my students and parents respond to classical ballet training, and how they have grown to be able to move more gracefully, stay focused, and show passion to dance even after class instruction.

May the Lighthouse Ballet propagate beams of joy to you,

Luis Mestas
Founder/Artistic Director
The Lighthouse Conservatory of Dance Theater and Culture


Summer Program at the Academy!


  School's out and the academy's six-week summer program will soon be in full swing!  Morning and afternoon sessions are available Tuesday through Friday, July 12 through August 19.  Class age groups and session hours are flexible.  Both sessions will culminate in one or two small performances TBA. The cost is $75 per session:

                      Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Session 2:  3:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


   Class age groups and session hours are flexible.  Session hours are subject to change pending attendance.  Ballet shoes are recommended for practices and performance.  A limited number of shoes are available at the studio for purchase.


Please remember there is no class from July 1 - 11.

For more information, contact Luis at: 310.883.3105 or email


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Ballet Buzz

Parents and Students Speak Up


"At the Lighthouse Ballet Academy our daughter Xenia (10) discovered the joy of moving her body to the music of great composers like Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.  She loves to dance.  She dances with a smile on her face.  She would love to dance every day at the ballet studio and she has learned to love classical music." - Christine


"You can learn a lot from our ballet teacher, Luis, like French, Russian and Spanish.  You can also meet a lot of great people at the studio and make new friends.  We all work together as a team to put on a production.  At the studio I've learned how to stand up straight and I've gained a lot of flexibility.  I've also learned how important good posture is - you don't want to look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame on stage!" - Josiah


"Luis and the Lighthouse Ballet community have become a second home, an extended family, to our daughter Maggie (14).  Luis is also a wonderful teacher for our little girls Anna (8) and Irene (7).  He strikes the right balance between inspiring their natural joy of movement and the discipline necessary for the demanding task of classical Russian ballet.  To be part of two stage productions was an unforgettable experience for our girls." - Mark


Benefits of Ballet


   Whether you're looking for an activity for yourself or your child, ballet offers many potential benefits for both body and mind including improved strength, flexibility, grace, poise, self-esteem and knowledge of an art form and body movement.

   Ballet provides a total body workout that requires both discipline and focus.  It's also fun!  Usually taught in a group setting, ballet offers opportunities to interact with other dancers and develop a sense of camaraderie and shared accomplishment.  See the brief video below for more:


Ballet Lessons : What Are the Benefits of Ballet?

Ballet Lessons :  

What Are the Benefits of Ballet?


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