Built on a foundation of over 32 years, LDA is a technique focused dance program located in Belmont California. We are a studio dedicated to exemplary dance instruction for students aged 3 and up offering classes taught exclusively by professional level teachers with long standing careers and degrees in dance performance and pedagogy. We strive to maintain a smaller more intimate dance studio experience where students are given the opportunity to grow and thrive as performing artists.
LDA students go on to flourish in top ranked dance universities, conservatories, and professional communities as well as on film and stage. We offer classes for beginners through professionals. Classes fill quickly during our registration months of August, December and June ~ contact us today for availability or to schedule a placement appointment!
Liv DanceArts was originally founded in 1987 as Professional Ballet School by Dutch National and San Francisco Ballet artists Carmela Peter (pictured right) and Zoltan Peter. (Read more about them)
In 2010 NYU trained Dance Educator Kristen Portner partnered with PBS to create an award winning Competitive Program as well as a fully collaborative Jazz and Lyrical curriculum based on a strong Ballet foundation and focused in artistic expression and choreography.
In 2017 Kristen stepped in as Artistic Director of the newly created Liv DanceArts, Professional Ballet School collaboration. A quality focused program based on individualized dance education.
Love for Liv...
Brittney, Alumni & Parent
I was a student at PBS from the age of 8. I received all of my training from the world class instructors and went on to dance professionally. After my career finished I then went on to be an instructor for the school. I now am on the board and have my own children attending classes here. I have been a part of this family in some manner for 29 years! I can't say enough great things about my journey with them.
Liv DanceArts, Professional Ballet School provides an excellent education in ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical styles. Their teachers are experienced and dedicated to their craft, and it shows in the dancers they mentor. My daughter has been attending there for twelve years now, and we could not be happier!
I've been here my whole life and I would definitely call it my second home. I wouldn't exchange the memories I've made here for anything in the world. It has shaped me into the young artist I am today. Great technique and amazing faculty!
Our Alumni have gone on to dance with....
San Francisco Ballet
Atlantic City Ballet
Ballet San Jose
Ballet Teatro di Colon
Company C Contemporary Ballet
Honolulu Ballet Theatre
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
North Carolina School of the Arts
Savage Jazz Dance
The Television Show “Glee”
UCLA Dance Department
Oklahoma University Department of Ballet
San Diego State University Department of Dance
The School of American Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
The Kirov Institute