Beginner Ballerina Profile: Christine Lee Smith

Christine-Lee-SmithThis week’s profile is on Christine Lee Smith who has been dancing for a year now after taking ballet for “about five minutes” as a kid. Make sure you check out her awesome photography as well!

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

January 2013.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

For about five minutes I took ballet when I was in kindergarten or first grade. I think I was traumatized by the on stage “Dumbo” performance we did because I didn’t go back.

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Dance West Dance Studio

4322 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos, California 90720

(562) 685 5403

Classes offered: Ballet, pointe

Description via website: The adult program at Dance West is extensive and comprehensive. Adults can simply enjoy the pure pleasure of dance. Or, aspire to all that dance has to offer, such as: attending master classes, international dance festivals, and performing with dance companies in residence.”

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Dance West is a great place for true beginners to start dancing. They offer a very basic intro class for 18+ and the instructor, Monique, is great at teaching new adults. She’s patient and encouraging. And there are mixed adult and student ballet classes from intro to pointe for those who want to go that far. The atmosphere is dedicated, helpful, and fun. All you need are ballet flats and comfortable clothes to begin. 🙂


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