|1461 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone: (408) 420-3311
50th Anniversary Celebration
|Our 50th Anniversary Celebration included selections from the 17
storybook ballets we have performed. Including Snow White,
Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker and many
more beloved tales...as well as a few imagined ones.
The First 50 Years
|Fifty years ago, at the age of 19, Beverly Eufrazia started her very
own ballet school. In 1967, with a rented room at the SES
Portuguese Hall in Santa Clara and a portable barre, made by her
father, Eufrazia School of Ballet was born. The school found its
home on Park Avenue in 1978 and has been there ever since.
Miss Beverly’s love of ballet was kindled at the age of 3, in a
nursery school production. She was then enrolled in a local ballet
school. After moving cross-country, she found a new ballet
school. There she became an assistant teacher and later helped
run the school. Her daughter, Christina Vincent, followed almost
exactly the same path. Only all of these experiences happened at
one studio, which happened to be Eufrazia School of Ballet. Miss
Beverly poured her passion for ballet into every one of her
students, many of whom continue to dance to this day. Some
even went on to make ballet their livelihood as professional
dancers, ballet teachers and even studio owners.
Miss Beverly’s passion extended greatly to performing, as well.
She created a touring performance group and enjoyed putting on
the annual school-wide productions. 1985 saw Eufrazia School of
Ballet’s first full-length storybook ballet of Cinderella. In the years
that followed, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty joined Cinderella
in the repertoire. “The Home of the Storybook Ballet” then went
on to perform the fairytale stories such as Hansel & Gretel, Peter
Rabbit and Wizard of Oz. The classic ballet story of Coppelia was
our most elaborate and biggest production with 92 cast and crew
members, full sets and scene changes. A few original stories,
such as Western Symphony, Salute to America and In the Faerie
Glen joined the classics. Every December, the school performed
the Nutcracker. What started as an impromptu reading of the
Nutcracker with some of the older dancers performing select
dances, quickly grew to a full-length production.
Eufrazia School of Ballet has seen many generations of students,
some in the same family and some at the same time. Miss Beverly’
s spirit, love and kindness permeated every aspect of this school.
She hoped to not only instill the poise, grace, joy and love of ballet
but lessons that would reach beyond the studio: confidence,
creativity, responsibility, commitment, a sense of self and a sense
of community. Miss Christina has strived to continue this legacy
and hopes to do so long into the future.