About Us

Welcome To The Ballet Studio!

The premier ballet academy in Temecula Valley.

The Ballet Studio, located on the border of Temecula and Murrieta, is a classically based dance academy, practicing the highest standards in ballet training. Our dance class standards are reflected in the disciplined technical curriculum, atmosphere, dress code and teacher-parent-student relationships we inspire.

Our desire is that all students, regardless of expertise level, will be challenged by the richness of our training programs, our classical performances and positive environment while achieving their personal best as they experience the joy of ballet. It is the responsibility and privilege of us all, to preserve the integrity of this unique art form in its traditional sense while passing on higher standards of excellence to future generations.

The Ballet Studio is committed to making a cultural contribution to the lives of our students, their families and our community.

Sincerely,

Mark Erickson
Director, TBS

Mark Erickson

Mr. Erickson's dance credits include lead roles in most of the major ballets and he was a finalist in the International Ballet Competitions. He has taught Master classes through out North America including the Canadian School of Ballet. Some Film & TV credits include The River, American Gothic, Amazing Stories, In Living Color, and Star Trek-Deep Space Nine. After completing an 8 year run in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Erickson opened The Ballet Studio in the Temecula Valley to train dancers.

Tiffany Erickson

Miss Tiffany was trained at The Milwaukee Ballet. She was the first student to dance the lead role as Clara in their production of The Nutcracker and danced many roles with the company. She was also featured in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Fringe Festival. Miss Tiffany just recently retired from San Diego Ballet as one of their principle dancers.

Stacea Nelson

Miss Stacea began ballet at the age of three in Portland, Oregon. She has trained under dancers from many of the major ballet companies and danced with Saint Paul City Ballet, Berkley Ballet Theatre, Sacramento Ballet and most recently the Suffolk Ballet of Virginia. Stacea married to Keven and they have two sons.

Keven Nelson

Keven has danced soloist roles with the Contra Costa Ballet, under the direction of Donald Eryck of the San Francisco Ballet. He has danced with Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, Northern California Ballet, and the Suffolk Ballet in Virginia. Keven has been teaching ballet and choreographing for over 25 years; his enthusiasm and love of ballet are an inspiration to his students.

Stephanie Maiorano

Miss Maiorano is the principle ballerina of the San Diego Ballet Co. She was a member of the Houston Ballet Studio Company. Her high level of technique has given her leads in a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets. Stephanie was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune under Notable San Diegans, in the upcoming documentary intended for release nationally, on PBS, entitled “Ineffable,” and was featured in the role of Sugar Plum Fairy on television in KPBS’s San Diego Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker. Stephanie holds her Chechetti diploma with Honors.

Gia Provencio

Gia's concentration has been ballet since the age of three and The Ballet Studio has been her home for the past thirteen years. She has performed in the studio's traditional productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, and Les Sylphides. She specializes in teaching young ballet dancers as she pursues her Bachelor's degree in elementary school education and child development at Cal State University of San Marcos.

Sarah Woo

Miss Sarah started dancing at the age of three and has been classically trained at The Ballet Studio since 2005 and has never wanted to leave. She has performed in each seasons Nutcracker production at the Old Town Temecula Theater since her arrival starting as a Santa’s Helper and continuing on to Dew Drop. She has danced in The Ballet Studio’s full-length productions of Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle and has participated in Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP).

Andi Albright

Miss Andi fell in love with ballet at the age of three. She was trained in the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet and is certified in Progressive Ballet Technique. She performed with the Festival Ballet Theater in productions such as The Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf. Currently she performs in productions with The Ballet Studio.

Tonatiuh Gómez

(Guest Faculty)

Mr. Gomez was born in Mexico City and used to practice professional sports like, soccer, hockey, Olympic gymnastics, among others, but his true passion is ballet. He entered the world of ballet by placement in the Classical Dance Special Plan for Males with Superior School of Music and Dance of Monterrey, Mexico where he began his professional training with Alejandro Jauregui. A year later he was excepted to The Rock School for Dance in Philadelphia and has never looked back. He was semifinalist of the Intramuros Contest 2017 and was invited to compete in the Varna International Ballet Competition. Mr. Gomez has had the opportunity to train alongside dance stars such as Ángel Corella, Jaime Vargas, Alberto Méndez and José Manuel Carreño. His stunning technique and virtuosity landed him with The San Diego Ballet Co. as a Principal dancer. Mr Gomez is excited to join The Ballet Studio for this summer’s ballet intensive. (July 30 – Aug 4)