Ballet Petit had its earliest beginnings back in 1977 at the Happy Time Nursery School in Fremont. Then in 1983, Ballet Petit first appeared in Newark as its own entity. Today, Ballet Petit enjoys a roster of over 300 students of all ages and abilities.
In 1977, Artistic Director Peggy Peabody began teaching ballet as a nursery school activity which eventually evolved into what is now known as Ballet Petit. Having recently ended her studies at the San Francisco Ballet School, she decided to create her own studio where local dancers could also learn and thrive as she had.
The younger version of the current school first performed its mini-version of The Nutcracker in 1979 with 12 young dancers. The production grew as the dancers developed and matured. Ballet Petit’s 35th anniversary Nutcracker in 2013 counted nearly 300 dancers in over 450 costumes. Ballet Petit celebrated its 40th anniversary Nutcracker in December 2018, showcasing current students as well as multiple generations of returning alumni performing together at Chabot College's Reed Buffington Performing Arts Center.
Ballet Petit performs an annual Spring Concert as well, providing another stage opportunity for its dancers. In 2013, Ballet Petit began hosting the Oakland Ballet Company’s Ballet Boot Camp, a wonderful summer intensive program. Dancers attend from all over the Bay Area and beyond, where they study various forms of dance in addition to ballet, under the watchful eye of Oakland Ballet Company staff. Ballet Petit dancers may also apply for its Junior Company, where the most serious dancers further develop their ballet training.
Ballet Petit moved into its permanent home in February 2013. Its new 15,000 square foot state of the art facility continues to be a place where dancers of all ages are respected and encouraged to thrive for decades to come.
Come visit Ballet Petit today! Our studio is located at 2501 Industrial Park West, Hayward, CA 94545.
Peggy’s philosophy is simple, that ballet is an art form for everyone to access and appreciate. Ballet Petit’s foundation and culture are ﬁrmly based on this belief. Ballet Petit has survived pressures to turn ballet into sport through dance competition. Peggy has enjoyed producing The Nutcracker since 1979. As the longest running Nutcracker in the East Bay, dancers and audiences alike have had the opportunity to enjoy this heartwarming holiday ballet written for children- and at Ballet Petit- performed by children who have been trained to appreciate the art of classical ballet.
Following her retirement from the professional scene in 1998, Ms. Gim has taught many master ballet classes for studios throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland Ballet Academy, Marin Peninsula Ballet, Lamorinda Ballet Center, Vallejo Ballet Conservatory, Shawl/Anderson Dance Center, and most recently, Ballet Petit. She also teaches private lessons and on special request, coaches dancers for specific roles.
Assistant Artistic Director
Darlene is the assistant artistic director of Ballet Petit. She has been teaching at Ballet Petit since 1987, and teaches students at all levels - from three-year old Twinkle Toes to advanced pre-professional dancers. Just about everyone at Ballet Petit has taken a class from Darlene.
2501 Industrial Park West, Hayward, CA 94545