Dear 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. Below, I have also listed the dates and times of the auditions, during the first two weeks of Conservatory, of our various performance teams (Latin Formation Team, Ballroom Formation Team, and Ballroom Stars). I have also listed the mandatory Spring showcase, events and competitions throughout the school year to add to your calendars. 

New Conservatory Instructor Bios: 

Kyle Spinder

US and World Open Professional Smooth Finalists with partner/wife Allie Spinder, member of the world renown BYU Dance company and Formation Team where they won first place at the British formation championships in Blackpool. Kyle and Allie are also 9-dance finalists and Amateur 10-dance finalists.

Stefan Badea

Stefan is originally from Romania, and has been dancing with his partner Madalina, since they were 6 and 7 years old, representing ballroom for 15 years now. They quickly became the top couple in Canada, winning seven undefeated Alberta Amateur Championships in Standard and 10-Dance. They have achieved high results by becoming Youth Canadian Finalists, Canadian 10 Dance Champions, Under 21 Standard Canadian Champions as well as Canadian Amateur Adult Standard Vice-Champions. On top of being strong in the competitive field, it has not stopped them from venturing into showcase performances and special events. They hope to inspire and encourage others to set and achieve their goals and are proud to continue to be great ambassadors for the sport.

Madalina Varlam

Madalina is originally from Romania, and has been dancing with her partner Stefan since they were 6 and 7 years old representing Canada for 15 years now. They quickly became the top couple, winning in Alberta and Canada, also being asked to perform in many showcases such as The Singing Christmas Tree. They have won seven undefeated Alberta Amateur Championships in Standard and 10-Dance. They have achieved high results by becoming Youth Canadian Finalists, Canadian 10 Dance Champions, Under 21 Standard Canadian Champions as well as Canadian Amateur Adult Standard Vice-Champions. They have developed their dancing skills throughout their career and they have worked hard to fulfill their dancing dreams and goals, as well as inspire and encourage others to set and achieve their goals too.   

This list is taken from the OCSA Ballroom Conservatory Handbook. These are the mandatory dates of the school year that are outside of Conservatory class hours (I will email the handbook to all Conservatory parents by the first week of Conservatory for you to sign and return to me): 

Ballroom Spring Showcase rehearsals:

March 18th - March 21st 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at OCSA

March 22nd 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at OCSA

March 25th - March 28th 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at OCSA

April 8th - April 11th 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at OCSA 

April 12th 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at OCSA

April 15th - April 17th 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (tech rehearsals) at the Margaret A. Webb Theater

April 18th 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (final dress rehearsal) at the Margaret A. Webb Theater

Spring Showcase Performances:

April 19th and April 20th 7:00p at the Margaret A. Webb Theater

Other Mandatory Ballroom Dates (by level) - 2018-19 Events and Competitions: 

  • August 30th, Back to Conservatory Night 6:00p-7:00p in DMS 114 (Parents only)

  • November 10th OCSA Ballroom's Team Match/Exhibition Fundraiser. Atomic Ballroom Fullerton, CA (Mandatory for all Conservatory levels)

  • February 9th Sway Ballroom Showcase and OCSA Ballroom Fundraiser at the Webb Theater - (Mandatory for Junior Conservatory level only)
  • February 15th-17th, 2019 - California Open. Costa Mesa, CA (Mandatory for Formation Teams & Senior 2 Conservatory level only)
  • March 2nd, 2019 - Journey Dancesport State Championship - Junior Olympic Qualifier Long Beach, CA. (Mandatory for Junior & Senior 1 Conservatory levels only)
  • March 6th-9th, 2019 - US National Amateur Dancesport Championships. BYU Campus, Provo UT. (Mandatory for Ballroom & Latin Formation Teams only)

  • May 19th, 2019 - Hot Ballroom Dancesport Challenge. Location TBD (Mandatory for all conservatory levels and formation teams)

    ***Latin & Ballroom Formation Teams will compete in more competitions than the above. Those dates will be decided and announced by the coaches. 

    Optional Competition for all Conservatory levels -

    2019 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic - Dancesport. July 4th-6th in Garden Grove, CA.

    Other possible Performances:

    OCSA Gala

    Performance March 16th - Performers and rehearsals TBD by Director of Gala 

    Season Finale – Specific Piece TBD

    April/May 2019: Tech Rehearsal at OCSA – TBD
    May 4th & 5th, 2019: Tech/Dress rehearsal all day

    May 5th evening performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. *PLEASE TAKE NOTE, IT IS ON A SUNDAY NIGHT THIS YEAR.*

Thank you and let’s have a great year! 

Robert Porch, Director of Ballroom Conservatory

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Director'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 60 students in 3 different levels. These competitors helped us earn the, "Top Studio" awards at the Jr Olympic Qualifier, Hot Ballroom Dancesport Challenge, and California Open! Our Ballroom Formation Team and Latin Formation Teams placed in the Finals at the US National Amateur Championships in Utah. I am so proud of this Conservatory 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 Director

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 these donations should be above and beyond the annual parent Voluntary Contribution Agreement, which provides core funding for the arts conservatory programs.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding these donations, feel free to contact Robert Porch at 714-560-0900, ext. 6651 or by email at:

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.

"Dancing with the OCSA Stars 3 - The Dancers Face Offis a theatrical show that brings the excitement of competitive Ballroom and Latin dance to the stage.

Each senior in the Ballroom Dance Conservatory has chosen one OCSA Teacher to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy and the title of best dancer of the OCSA faculty.

This show will also feature many group numbers by all of the Ballroom Dance Conservatory students as well as guest appearances by student performers from other conservatories.

Show Tickets available on the OCSA Box Office

Margaret A. Webb Theatre
801 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

April 15 - 7pm
April 16 - 2pm & 7pm

Just like on "Dancing with the Stars", this competition is decided 50% by judges scores and 50% by audience votes. Since the teams are dancing to raise money for the OCSA Ballroom Dance Conservatory, audience votes are totaled by a combination of money raised on this link leading up to the show and dollar votes during the intermission of each show. Please sponsor your favorite team to win by donating on the "VOTE NOW!" link below. Money raised on this link will count as audience votes for all 3 shows. Thank you for your support! 

Voting Closes on Sat., April 16 at 7:00pm

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