About Dance Studio No. 1
Artistic director, Elizabeth Banke, founded Dance Studio No. 1 in 1992. With its first classes held at The Sports Club LA on Sepulveda Blvd, the Studio quickly flourished building a reputation in the community for its outstanding Young Children’s Program. To accommodate the tremendous growth of the school and an expanding curriculum, over the years the community has seen Dance Studio No. 1 move from The Sports Club to the Westside Pavilion, then Granville Avenue, and finally (with a long term lease and lots of parking) to its state-of-the-art home on the corner of Pico and Bundy.
Today, Dance Studio No. 1 is one of the preeminent ballet schools in Los Angeles. With several hundred students ranging in age from 2 to 19, Dance Studio No. 1, or “DS1” is a competitive academy specializing in classical ballet, while also offering contemporary, character dance, pointe, variations, and conditioning classes as part of its well-rounded ballet program. The school is divided into three distinct divisions: The Young Children’s Program (ages 18 months – 6), The Syllabus Ballet Program (ages 5 – 12) and The Pre-Professional Ballet Program (ages 11-19). The ever-popular Young Children’s Program continues to be a staple in the community. The Ballet Programs provide some of the finest classical training in West Los Angeles producing students who have been selected for prestigious summer ballet summer schools (and colleges) all over the country, such as San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, American Academy of Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, The Rock School, (Columbia, Harvard, Berkeley, Swarthmore, Oxford, and the Claremont Colleges). DS1 students have placed in the top 24 of the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals and have also qualified for and participated in the distinguished Solo Seal Award.
As a compliment to its exceptional training, what sets apart Dance Studio No. 1 from its competitors is an intangible, enduring sense of community and camaraderie that exists among students, parents and teachers. DS1 provides competitive-level training within a nurturing and supportive environment: an experience for young people of great value, not easily duplicated.