About

Peninsula Youth Ballet was founded in 1979 to provide opportunities for serious young dancers to develop their ballet skills and expand their performance experience in a company setting. Peninsula Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization that offers a unique opportunity for young dancers and promotes the art of ballet in our community. We pride ourselves on the diverse cultural and multi-ethnic background of our dancers and believe this diversity enhances our dancers’ experience. Each year Peninsula Youth Ballet presents academic performances, giving thousands of school children the opportunity to see a ballet in a theater atmosphere.

Artistic Director Ayako Takahashi has been inspiring us since 1987. Her excellence in teaching and choreography has made the Peninsula Youth Ballet one of the most professional youth companies in the Bay Area. Ayako’s goal is to provide young dancers with the opportunity to dance in a professional atmosphere.

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Meet the Business Owner: Ayako Takahashi

Originally from Japan, Ayako was a principal dancer with the Tokyo City Ballet Company and the Matsuyama Ballet Company. She has studied with Sulamith Messerer, Aleksei Varlamov, Goro Arima, Taneo Ishida and Mikiko Matsuyama. Ayako was invited as a culture exchange artist by the government”s Culture Exchange Association and worked with Central Ballet Company in Beijing. Ayako has performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle,Balanchine’s Serenade and many other works. Ayako has been teaching in the United States since 1976, and was ballet mistress and choreographer with Peninsula Youth Ballet before becoming Artistic Director in the fall of 1986. Ayako has choreographed full length Ballet Productions such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Little Mermaid, The Little Humpback Horse, Paquita, Coppelia and The Nutcracker.

PYB is comprised of dancers whose ages range from five to adult. We encourage and welcome dancers residing in the Bay Area to participate. While many schools offer their students recitals, we go one step further and encourage their participation in a professional performance. The choreography to which our dancers are exposed is professional and we ask our young dancers to rise to the challenge.

Some of our previous productions have included Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Giselle, Coppelia, Paquita, Stars & Stripes, Peter and the Wolf, Graduation Ball and La La Bayadère. Current and former company members have performed with the American Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet San Francisco, Colorado Ballet, Joffrey II, ODC/SF and Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley. Company alumni frequently return as guest performers.