Adult Intermediate / Advanced Open Classes

Live music, classes suitable for professional artist


Adult open classes

Professionally taught classes where everything is explained and everything makes sense, led by Sylvia Tchernychev,

Individual classes you can schedule with Egle Spokaite

Sylvia Tchernychev, a former Ballerina, began her training in the Vaganova method under Marius Zirra. Sylvia, from San Diego, has performed principal roles of the classical repertoire as a Principal Dancer and guest artist with ballet and opera companies across the United States. Her principal roles include Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Paquita, Carmen, Carmina Burana, Serenade, Concerto Barocco and others. Critics have praised her Giselle for its “purity” and her dancing for its “poise and grace”. Her graceful elegance and solid technique made her a San Diego favorite.

Sylvia was one of three Americans chosen to represent the United States in the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. She has appeared on national television including an Emmy Awards program and the American Dance Honors. Sylvia has staged and coached ballets and taught master classes throughout the United States.




Classes on

Mondays 9:30-11:00 am

Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 am

Fridays 9:30-11:00 am


Ballet shoes and your choice of dance apparel.

Dress is informal, but we recommend a t-shirt, leotard or tight fitting leggings, shorts, ballet slippers (or socks).

Our recommendations: Ballet Slippers must be the Same color with Dance Tights. White fit with White, Ballet Pink fit with Ballet Pink, Black fit with Black. No jewelry.


1.5 Hour Adult Open Class – $20

10 class card $ 160 ( no expiration date! )

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Why start ballet classes in the Adulthood, one might ask. I like the thought process outlined in this article from a Seattle-based yoga teacher. Please consider allocating 5 minutes for reading it and start your Exploration of Ballet.

Myself, I stopped my professional dancing career in 2011 and noticed since then how well and how easy I stay in physical and mental shape when teaching Ballet Classes. Consider joining me in this lifestyle.

Egle Spokaite

Artistic DIrector, Ballet Institute of San Diego

Egle and Maya

For Many years, Egle Spokaite studied and worked with Maya Plisestkaya – the most celebrated ballerina and teacher of all times. Take two minutes to watch an excerpt from the video of Egle and Maya rehearsing The Swan, while Egle was a Prima Ballerina of Lithuanian National Ballet and Opera Theater (1989–2011).