the school

Lauridsen Ballet Centre is home for the serious student interested in celebrating the art of dance. The creativity and love of dance will enhance your child’s life experience. Our faculty is dedicated to nurturing, developing, and guiding young dancers through the world of ballet in a professional, caring and healthy environment. We believe wholeheartedly that ballet improves confidence, concentration, coordination, memorization, discipline and teamwork. Our students are privileged to study in a traditional ballet atmosphere with live piano accompaniment. The school’s teaching staff boasts professionals and guest artists from world-renowned ballet companies. Diane Lauridsen, Elijah S. Pressman, Jerry Kokich, Gaida Paulovksa and Kenneth Walker make up our senior teaching staff. Lauridsen Ballet Centre and its non-profit performing company, South Bay Ballet, are internationally recognized for their integrity, strict guidelines and the highest quality training that provides pre-professional performances enjoyed by patrons throughout the Southland.

Director Diane Lauridsen

Faculty Tiffany Billings, Jane Guerra, Nancy Hebson, Jerry Kokich, Almaliis Lauridsen, Minh-Tuan Nguyen, Gaida Paulovska, Elijah S. Pressman, Amiee Savard, Kenneth Walker

Guests Ashley Ellis, Misty Copeland, Jacqueline College, Robert Kelley

Pianists Leon Logvinsky, Hiroko Ogawa, Satomi Kanazawa, Marc Lombardino, Benjamin Simoens


Click here to visit the Lauridsen Ballet Centre website


  • The Nutcracker
    Marsee Auditorium
    El Camino College Center for the Performing Arts
    16007 Crenshaw Blvd • Torrance, CA 90506
    310.329.5345 •

    Saturday, December 21, 2019 • 2pm
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 • 2pm