A leader in dance since 1973, Stage 7 is one of San Diego’s oldest and best respected dance schools. Current class offerings include ballet, jazz, and Afro-Cuban dance with workshops in other disciplines happening throughout the year. Stage 7’s students come for the joy of dancing, for enhanced fitness, for professional preparation and because the excellence of technical training supports work in cutting-edge contemporary work. Since its move from downtown to North Park, Stage 7 has launched a new Children’s Program designed to address the developmental and creative needs of children from age 4 ½. Professional Training Students trained at Stage 7 have gone on to study at Joffrey, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham School, and other leading American dance institutions. Some have gone on to get jobs dancing for such diverse companies as San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Marseilles, Hubbard Street, Martha Graham Company, Cats on Broadway, Jerome Robbins Broadway International Tour, Houston Ballet, and others. International students apply through Stage 7 for I-20 student visas specifically to get professional dance training at Stage 7. Stage 7 is proud to have one of the largest scholarship programs in San Diego.
Stage 7’s annual Summer Symposium is a series of classes and rehearsals in June and July that culminate in theater performances at City College Theater. Dances are created by the faculty to showcase students’ technical and artistic achievements. Students are welcome to audition original works for inclusion in the program. Some of the works are based on class work in ballet, jazz, modern, flamenco, etc., while others are creative blends of diverse influences. The symposium performance is given full technical support of lighting and sound design by professionals.
Stage 7’s new North Park location features state of the art sprung floors for the safety of all students, and easy access to both parking and public transportation. Located in an area that is, at the same time, a vibrant business district and residential neighborhood, Stage 7 is privileged to serve its new neighborhood.
Founded in 1972 by Estelle Mahy, Stage 7 has been under the direction of Kathryn Irey for the last 25 years. Kathryn Irey’s work has earned respect nationally for its cutting-edge concepts and techniques. She encourages high professional standards among the faculty, students and guest teachers. Stage 7 studios have launched a number of emerging independent choreographers and hosted workshops for leaders in theater and ethnic dance.