Petite Feet classes introduce terminology and basic technique in playful and creative ways and connect movement education to every day learning.  Storytelling, original and familiar songs, and imaginative games are incorporated to keep the atmosphere fun, friendly and age-appropriate – and to keep the emphasis on promoting self-esteem and self-expression.




Registration is now open.



WEDNESDAYS with Liz – July 11- August 29

4:30-5:15pm – Petite Feet Ballet/Creative Movement – 3-5 year olds (optional drop-off)   


SATURDAYS with Liz – July 7 – August 25

9am-9:45am – Intro to Ballet/Tap – 2-4 year olds (with a caregiver) – SOLD OUT

10am-10:45am – Petite Feet Ballet/Tap for 4-5 year olds (optional drop-off) 

10:50-11:45am – Ballet Basics for 5-7 year olds (optional drop-off)   


Classes take place at Live Arts LA in Eagle Rock – 4210 Panamint Street, LA, CA 90065.

$160 for the session.  (If classes are not sold out, you can join later in the session for a pro-rated fee.)

Please email if you’d like to be added to the wait list for sold out classes or to find out which age group and class would be the best fit for your child.


Petite Feet Ballet and Tap classes focus on self expression and creativity through dance, while incorporating age appropriate ballet and tap steps, combinations and exercises. Activities that develop motor skills and explore the elements of dance are part of the class experience, as well as stories drawn from the classical ballet canon and from other sources. (Students spend the majority of class in ballet shoes and then put on tap shoes for the final 10-15 minutes of class.)

The Ballet Basics class expands upon the foundation built in Petite Feet classes, exploring dance elements and storytelling in more complex ways and through the integration of more challenging (though still age appropriate) ballet technique.




In addition to Petite Feet classes, Liz works as the Manager of Dance Education at Gabriella Charter Schools.  Additionally, she may be available for in-service trainings at schools looking to integrate dance and/or yoga into their curriculum or for other one time or weekend events, such a birthday parties or group classes. Just send an email to

I have had an opportunity to watch Liz teach ballet in person and she has a way of making all the beginning introductions to ballet developmentally fun and comfortable for children. Liz knows how to integrate story telling, dance and music in a very accessible and engaging way for all children.

Marsha Greenberg LCSW and Faculty at NYU’s Early Childhood Special Education Department

My son and daughter really look forward to your class every Tuesday. That’s how they count the days of the week.

Kari Morales mother to Amalia and Ezekiel

For four years, Liz Vacco provided my son with a warm, encouraging environment with all the tools and the foundation for him to have entered a pre-professional program at the School of American Ballet.

Nicole Leibman mother to Philip

We had the pleasure of having Liz as our daughter’s first ballet teacher. Briana adores her classes and always comes out smiling and twirling. Liz understands children and teaches with grace, ease and magic. We will always be thankful to Liz for having been such a wonderful inspiration for Briana.

Dana Szarf mother to Briana

Through ballet, Liz has instilled in our daughter a love of dance. Liz’s classes are structured and fun, and have helped our daughter build her confidence and poise.

Beth Bracken & Kevin Galbraith parents to Sasha

Penelope started taking ballet classes with Liz when she was two. Now, as a five year old, she carries herself like a little ballerina! We credit Liz with instilling in Penelope a love of dance and performance as well as a sense of confidence in her movements.

Mew Chiu mother to Penelope

As a ballet teacher and mother of two boys who took ballet with Liz, I can say that she is one of the most talented teachers I have ever come across for this age group. My boys loved her class. She is creative and knowledgeable and creates the perfect atmosphere of seriousness–so they are actually learning ballet technique, and fun–so their inherent love of movement is nurtured, not stifled. Liz Vacco is a treasure! I am so excited to have the opportunity to have her class on DVD, so my children can experience her terrific class whenever we want!

Kim Kittay mother to Micah and Asa

One Reply to Classes

  1. Davida Williams, dancer

    August 19, 2013 • 5:30 pm

    I think that this is one of the most innovative, fun and fresh dance videos for children that I have seen in a long time! I love her approach…it is kind, thoughtful, motivating, engaging and delightful. Her dance and story-telling were considerate for the ages of her audience and they had FUN doing it. I LOVE this DVD. Keep up the good work and let’s see MORE!!!

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About Liz Vacco

Since receiving her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale, Liz has been a dance, yoga, theater and early childhood educator in New York City and now in Los Angeles. She has taught through the New York City Ballet’s Education Program, as well as at various studios and public schools, while also performing in and choreographing for professional productions.  She has always been a dancer who acts and an actor who dances, and she draws from both of these disciplines in her teaching and performance.  Liz has multiple subject and kinesiology teaching credentials as well as her MA in Education.  In addition to Petite Feet, she works as the Manager of Dance Education at Gabriella Charter Schools, public charter schools based in LA where all students dance daily.

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