Hello Ballroom Conservatory Parents,

I would like to welcome you to another exciting year in the Ballroom Conservatory! Please see below for the bios of our amazing new Conservatory Instructors. We are also introducing the coaches of our brand new International Standard Ballroom/ American Smooth Formation Team who have an incredible amount of expertise in this field. Below, I have also listed the dates and times of the auditions, during the next two weeks, of our various performance teams (Latin Formation, Standard Formation, and Ballroom Stars), along with the mandatory Spring showcase and competition dates throughout the year.


-Standard Formation auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd, 5:15pm-7:15pm in DMS 117.
-Latin Formation auditions will be held on Friday, August 25th from 1:45-2:45 in DMS 117.

-Ballroom Stars auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 29th, 4:00-5:00pm for Jr. Conservatory (7th and 8th grade) and 5:00-5:30pm for Senior Conservatory (high school levels). The location will be announced in class.


Iaroslav & Liliia Bieliei (Jr & Sr Conservatory Instructors)
2017 First place Champions in Professional International Ballroom at Empire Dance Championships, California Open, Desert Classic, and Colorado Star Ball. 2017 Finalists (3rd) at Manhattan Dancesport Championships and Emerald Ball. They are sponsored ambassadors for Supadance London and are current US Finalists for the USDC national competition.

Kyle and Allie Spinder (Standard/Smooth Formation Coaches)
Current US and World Open Professional Smooth Finalists, members of the world renown BYU Dance company and Formation team where they won first place at the British formation championships in Blackpool. They are also 9-dance finalists and Amateur 10-dance finalists.

John Swiger (Jr. Conservatory instructor & Director of Ballroom Stars)
Amateur youth and under 21 Latin champion and finalist. First place in Youth Latin at the Great Gatsby Dancesport Championships in SanDiego, Under 21 Latin finalist at the USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore, and Under 21 Latin Jr. Olympic Gold medalist. While at OCSA, John received IDBR's highest honor - The Director's Award and was the Captain of OCSA's award winning Latin Formation Team.

This list is taken from the International Dance Handbook of the mandatory dates of the school year that are outside of Conservatory hours:

Ballroom Spring Showcase:

April 9th through April 12th, 2018: Rehearsal at OCSA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 13th, 2018: Rehearsal at OCSA from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m.
April 16th through April 19rh, 2018: Rehearsal at OCSA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 20th, 2018: Rehearsal at OCSA from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m.

April 23rd through 25th, 2018: Tech rehearsal at Margaret A. Webb Theater 5:30 to 8:30

April 26th, 2018: Dress rehearsal at Margaret A. Webb Theater 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
April 27th and 28th, 2018: Performances at the Margaret A. Webb Theater, call time 3:00 with show time of 7:30 p.m.

Other Mandatory Ballroom Dates - 2017-18 Competitions:

  • October 15th, 2017 - Elite Dancesport. Irvine Marriott (Only mandatory for Senior

    Conservatory Level 2).

  • November 12th, 2017 - OCSA’s 1st in-house Team Match/Exhibition Fundraiser.

    Orange County, Location TBD (Mandatory for all conservatory levels)

  • February 16th-18th, 2018 - California Open. Costa Mesa, CA (Mandatory for all

    conservatory levels & Formation Teams)

  • March 7th-10th, 2018 - US National Amateur Dancesport Championships. BYU

    Campus, Provo UT. (Mandatory for the 2 Formation Teams only).

  • May 20th, 2018 - Hot Ballroom Dancesport Challenge. Long Beach Convention

    Center. (Mandatory for all conservatory levels)
    ***Latin & Standard Formation Teams will compete in more competitions than the above. Those dates will be decided and announced by the coaches.

    Season Finale – Senior Conservatory

    May 2018: Tech Rehearsal at OCSA – To Be Advised
    May 29th & 30th, 2018: Tech/Dress rehearsal all day with evening performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. *PLEASE TAKE NOTE, IT IS ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT THIS YEAR.*
    May 30th, 2018 OCSA Season Finale Performance, Ballroom Senior Conservatory Note: Season Finale performers will be chosen by Coordinator

    Thank you and let’s have a great year!

    Robert Porch

    Ballroom Coordinator

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Team Match Fundraiser!

Join us November 12th for our first ever Team Match Fundraiser!


Also available on the day at the door.

Team Match Fundraiser!

Posed dance shots will be offered as part of the fundraiser for the Conservatory at our November 12th event! A modern alleyway setting will include full body, close-up, and partner pictures (if partner signs up as well). In addition, you will receive action dance shots taken during the evening's Team Match performances. The full amount of the $49 price goes directly to support our Ballroom program! Please sign-up one student per 5 minute time slot using the Sign-Up Genius link below. You will receive the digital photos via email within 2 weeks after the event. 

Competition Information

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Coordinator's Message

I'd like to take a moment to thank the many parent volunteers, instructors, and advisory board members who have shaped the Ballroom Conservatory to what it is today. We now have 57 students in 3 different levels. These competitors helped us earn the, "Top Studio" award at the Jr Olympic Qualifying event in Long Beach in February 2017. We now have added a Standard Ballroom Formation Team to our already exisiting Latin Formation Team. I am so proud of this program and all of the achievements we have had together. I look forward to our Spring Showcase and our competitions throughout the year. Thank you and GO OCSA! - Robert Porch, Ballroom Coordinator

Competition | Performance | Fundraising Donations

Performance, Competition, and Fundraising donations are VERY IMPORTANT, and are a big part of why we are able to provide performance opportunities.  Please note that performance/support donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding these donations, feel free to contact Marlene Peña-Marin at 714-560-0900, ext. 6860 or by email at: marlene.penamarin@ocsarts.net.

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.