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.

Kim, Parent

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!

Kirsten, Student

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


Bill Young


Company C Contemporary Ballet

Dance Aspen


Honolulu Ballet Theatre




Peninsula Ballet Theatre

North Carolina School of the Arts

Dance Magazine

The Rockettes


Smuin Ballet


Savage Jazz Dance


Western Ballet


Houston Ballet


Menlowe Ballet


The Television Show “Glee”


Janice Garet


Charles Moulton

UCLA Dance Department

Pacific Northwest

Princeton Ballet

Oakland Ballet

NYU, Tisch

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

Joffrey Ballet

Boston Ballet

The Kirov Institute

Pennsylvania Ballet

and more...

  Liv DanceArts, Professional Ballet School  425 Harbor Blvd. 1&3 Belmont, CA 94002   650)598-0796   livdancearts@gmail.com

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