Roadtrip To Niger— a Film directed by Benedicte Schoyen

In January our dearest Benedicte will screen her documentary Roadtrip To Niger.

When: Sunday, January 21st 2018 at 2 pm

Where: The Regent Theater, 1045 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 


Would love to see you there so, please hold the date ☺!


Summer 2017 Ballet Workshop at Born To Play starting June 14th

  • Ballet Strap Conditioning and Barre with Miss Suzana

Miss Suzana is the creator of the Ballet Strap and a certified Gyrotonic instructor. She will stretch and strengthen our bodies in favor of our ballet technique. Ballet Straps for class will be provided for free by Miss Suzana. (

  • Center, Pointe and Variations with Miss Liliana

Let’s keep going with our class in this Summer 2017! A chance to improve our ballet technique, polish our steps and learn new combinations. See you in class!

Every Wednesday 5 -7 pm @ Born To Play Studio 

Recital on Sunday, May 28th, 2017!

We’re ready!  Kind of… 😉

The Recital is @ 4 pm at Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.

Stage Rehearsal is at 1 pm for all Students except Pre-Ballet.

Pre-Ballet students rehearsal is at 3 pm.

Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance:  $15/Adults and $5/Kids.

See you there!

The Holiday Recital is Tomorrow!

While waiting for the curtains to go up tomorrow, Friday December 9th, 2016 @ 6 pm at Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, please enjoy this rehearsal clips from Miss Liliana’s Wednesday class’ Girls’ Spanish Dance from the Nutcracker!

Musical Theater Workshop!

Instruction in Musical Theatre Dance, Voice, Acting, Ballet, Jazz!

Perform in our Professional Production of “A CHORUS LINE” directed and choreographed by Diane Linder!

SATURDAYS 2:00 – 5:00 pm

SESSION 1:   SEPT. 17 – DEC. 10, 2016


For enrollment contact Diane:


Judy’s Salsa Birthday Party

Let’s celebrate Judy – Cristian Oviedo’s long time assistant, new manager of Born To Play Productions and… devoted Salsa dancer! Happy Birthday Sexy Tia!

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Benedicte Schoyen’s new Documentary

Hey, check out Roadtrip Niger – A journey with the Nomads in Niger,
a feature documentary film made by our studio’s owner Benedicte Schøyen: 

Change of Management!

Dear Dancers,

Starting July 1st 2016, Cristian Oviedo will sublease Born To Play and manage the Dance Studio under his own name, SANTA MONICA DANCE!

In order to rent studio space or questions about classes you need to contact:

Cristian: 323.217.6360

Cristian’s assistant Judy Romanik: 310.259.2579 or 310.798.6841

Benedicte Schoyen will continue to teach and run the Kids’ program with Liliana Maria Isella and our next recital will be at The Morgan Wixon Theater on December 9th, 2016 at 6pm!

The sublease to Cristian just comes from Benedicte’s need – after two decades of owning the dance studio – of more time to focus on new projects and business ventures including movies (like our already popular The Music Box) and shows in Europe. On these upcoming projects, we’ll keep you posted as they unfold right on this website !

Happy Dancing to you all!

Jazz coming back in October!


Winter Holidays Recital 2015!


The Morgan Wixon Theater

2527 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

(next door to Born To Play)


Wednesday December 16th at 6pm


You can purchase the tickets from Benedicte at the studio.

$15 for adults and $ 5 for kids.

You can also purchase tickets at the door.

Call time for dancers at the theater:

Same day as the show at 3 pm or as soon as they can make it after school.

No parents in the auditorium during rehearsal.

Pre Ballerina dancers can show up at the theater in their pink leotard, tights and shoes at 5 pm.

All dancers should come ready with their hair in a ballet bun, pink thighs and shoes, black leotard. We provide additional costumes.


Last day of fall session is Saturday December 12th.  Instead of regular classes that day we will ask all students except Pre Ballet to show up for a run through of the show from 11 am to 2pm. Bring snacks and drinks.

We look forward to another great show! Please bring friends and family!

Note: We will do make up classes for Labor Day on Monday December 14th and make up classes for Thanksgiving on Thursday December 17th.

This is Born To Play!

Check out this movie about our ballet dancers:!

New Performing Class!

How well do you know your abilities as a performer? How comfortable are you with an audience? There is talent in you that you have not realized yet. And this class will help you find it! The first half of the class is exploration through exercises in movement, imagination, improvisation, and mask work. The second half of the class is performance, when each artist will be coached on their work. Whether you’re a dancer, an actor, a musician, or any other performance artist, here is a class that will help you realize your full potential, and help you give just as much to your audience. And have fun at the same time! Please bring a yoga mat, dress to move comfortably, and we will work in socks, no shoes. Starts Saturday, April 25th from 3 pm to 6 pm. Kids are welcome. Class is $15 each or $130/10 classes.


New Yoga Class by Sarah Yarbrough!

Every Thursday at 10 am starting Thursday April, 30th Sarah will teach a yoga class that emphasizes correct alignment and a quiet mind to strengthen, stretch and heal the body, mind and spirit. The class begins with a slow flow to warm up the body, then moves into deeper poses, nurturing balance and breath work. Class ends with a meditative, healing cool down. Poses taught in Sarah’s classes are attainable yet challenging to students at any level.

Summer Camp 2015!

This summer come and have fun dancing and singing at Born To Play:

Don’t forget your sun screen… but only if you go to the beach after the camp :)!

Belly Dancing starting Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6 pm! 


Come to the Party!




…with Russian teacher Edouard Kouzmitch! Every morning starting Monday September 15th, 2014. At 8 am and 8.30 am. Please check Adult Schedule. See you in class!


Monday September 1st, Labor Day, Ballet Beg at 10 am is cancelled.

Enjoy your long weekend and thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach a lot of ballet classes this Summer. It was fun!

Miss Liliana


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Dear Kids and Parents, for the first time this Spring Break (from March 29th to April 21st) we will have the following ongoing dance classes for kids:


6.30 – 8 pm  Ballet 1-2  (age: 10 and up)  Benedicte Schoyen


4.30- 5.30 pm  Ballet 1-2  (age: 10-15)  Miss Liliana

5.30 – 6.30 pm  Pointe 1  (upon invitation)  Miss Liliana

Classes are $15 drop in each. Privates Lessons always available as well.

Let’s keep dancing toward a beautiful summer!


While teaching ballet at her studio, Benedicte Schoyen is taking the time to make a documentary. She traveled to Africa to film it and, now that she is back, she’s raising money to edit it. Any help is highly appreciated and the final gross will all go back to the Nomads who appear in the documentary.

To support this project please go to:

Miss Liliana in a Hollywood Play starting December 5th, 2013!

Happily Whatever After

Kids and Parents, please come and see your ballet teacher Liliana as Cinderella’s Stepmother in “Happily Whatever After”, a fun and entertaining Hollywood “fairy-play”! Doing so, you won’t miss the super-pretty and edgy Princesses, the devious King, the immensely hungry Queen and a bunch of other interesting characters!

The play opens next Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 9.30 pm and it’ll be on EVERY THURSDAY for eight weeks (the first four weeks at 9.30 pm and the last four ones at 8 pm).

The Next Stage Theater
1523 N La Brea Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

The theater’s entrance is on the second floor balcony.

For more info, please ask Miss Liliana.

See you there!

New Adult Ballet Class with Liliana starting 11/20/2013 at 10 am!

After happily subbing Benedicte’s Monday Adult Ballet Class for five weeks while Benedicte was in Africa, Liliana is now starting her own Adult Ballet Class on Wednesday, November 20th, at 10 am! See you in class!

Winter Session Schedule

Hey Kids, the Winter Session for 2014 is up! To check it out click here.

Classes will go from January 6th to March 29th, 2014.

The Recital will be at Morgan Wixon Theater on the 19th of February at 6 pm.

See you in class and on stage!

Ballet Fit – New Class starting Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 10 AM!

Ballet Fit is a high-energy, low-impact ballet barre workout which offers the best of both worlds: It integrates the basic fundamentals of classical ballet with highly effective strengthening and sculpting exercises to achieve sexy, elongated muscle tone and overall improved physique. Whether you are looking to get in shape with a calorie-burning ballet barre class, new to ballet and want to learn ballet basics while sculpting a long and lean body, or are a dancer looking to maintain your conditioning, come check out Ballet Fit and get in the best shape of your life!

Summer and Fall 2013!

Thank you thank you thank you to all the kids and the parents who took part to the very fun recital at Morgan-Wixson Theatre last night, May 26th, 2013! Classes will keep going until June 15th, 2013. Our Summer Session will start Saturday June 22nd, 2013. Please check our Kids Schedule also for the upcoming Fall Session (scroll down below the Summer Session), which will begin August 26th, 2013. Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Swedish FACE YOGA!

To maintain your beauty, get a defined, toned face and look ten years younger, now you can try Face Yoga! Forget about harmful surgeries and botox, just come to Born To Play studio Thursday, May 2nd and 9th, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm and learn about facial fitness with Ottiliana Rolandsson! For both women and men! Cost: $15.

For more info, email Ottiliana:

New Class!

Kids check out the new Modern/Contemporary  dance class for teens with Madison Moross! Starts April 11, 2013! Every Thursday at 6 pm! !

The Music Box Activity Book is here!

Combine our new 40 page Activity Book with the Dance DVD and receive a $6 discount on our webshop! The prefect gift for dancers has arrived!

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Welcome, Spring 2013!

Our new Spring Kids Schedule is up!
The winter schedule is still valid until March 16th, 2013. Then, vacation for three weeks Kids!

New Fall 2012 Schedule for Kids!

Our Fall Kids Schedule is up!
Go check it out to see what’s new and, get ready: our recitals will take place on the 5th of December at the Morgan Wixon Theatre and on the 9th of December at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club!

Interactive Dance Party

Kids age 8-12 are invited to attend a party of dance games and freestyle with LA hip hop top choreographers Benedicte, Maya, Rhythm and Eclipse from HipHopDanceTV (   
At Born To Play on Saturday July 28th and Saturday August 11th, from 8 to 10pm.
Fee is $ 10. Please RSVP to

Summer 2012 Ballet Camp for Kids

Benedicte will be teaching in Norway from June 11th to July 3rd.
She’ll start up a 8 week summer session starting on Saturday July 7th until Wednesday August 29th.
If you’d like to arrange private or small group classes please call Benedicte at 310.498.4786.

Shiva Bagheri will have a summer session at Born To Play as well.
She’ll have 1 week summer camp June 25th-29th and a 10 week session starting June 12th to August 21st (no class on July 3rd). For more info click here or call Shiva at 818.913.2263.

Drop ins welcome both in Shiva’s and Benedicte’s classes.
Fall Schedule (tbd) will start up on Monday, September 10th, 2012.

Enjoy your summer at Born To Play!!!

Cithli’s Flamenco Show ~ May 27th 2012

We are very pleased to announce our project entitled Quien Yo  Soy (This Is Me) featuring dancer Cihtli Ocampo under the artistic  direction of Ethan Margolis.
The show will debut as part of the  “Forever Flamenco” series at the Fountain Theatre in LA on Sunday, May  27th at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are on sale now. To purchase please go to  this link:

We hope to see you there!
Best, Arte y Pureza

Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los  Angeles, CA 90029

Kids Ballet Recital February 2012

Watch the video of our Kids Ballet Recital at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica!

Acting Classes starting January 2012

Happy New Year!

Caren Adorni will teach a Stanislavski Acting Course at Born To Play Productions every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm starting January 2012! Cost is $180 per month.
Please for more info visit her website.
Hollywood’s calling! 🙂

Cuadro Flamenco Arte y Pureza!

Our Flamenco teacher Cithli is performing in LA, San Diego and North Hollywood. To catch one of her shows:

Hip Hop Dance Tv

Born To Play Productions is super happy to introduce our new Hip Hop Dance Tv online!

It’s free, so just click on and learn how to dance with Maya, Eclipse and Rhythm!

Summer News!

Summer Dance Classes for kids will be every Saturday starting June 11th to September 10th. Check the Kids Schedule and drop in any time!

Fall Schedule 2011 for kids will start September 12th and is already up!!!

Benedicte will spend the summer in Oslo choreographing the Eurovision Song Contest for Norwegian Broadcasting. Catarina, Benedicte’s friend from the National School of Dance in Oslo, will cover Benedicte’s classes together with Marie Bergenholtz and some of Benedicte’s graduate students from UCLA. She will be back at the begenning of September and wants to wish everybody a GREAT SUMMER!!!

Marley floor and Dancing with the Stars!

Hello dancers! We are happy to let you know that at Born To Play we have just replaced our old wood floor with a new marley floor!

Celina Zambon (Flamenco) is touring Argentina and until next July she will be substitued by Alexandra Rozo. The schedule for Flamenco is still the same. For any question about her class, please contact Alexandra at (818) 588 2377.

We’d also like to share this picture of Benedicte and Sugar Ray Leonard; she gave him a special ballet class for Dancing with the Stars!

Benedicte Schoyen and Sugar Ray Leonard

Spring fun is here!

Check out our Schedule for the new Spring Kids Section 2011. New schedule, new discount opportunities! Also, there will be a Sprink break for classes, so remember to check with Benedicte about its dates.

Also, Rhytmn will start teaching a new Hip Hop class for kids of all ages on Mondays from 5 to 6 pm. Contact him directly at for any info about this class.

And, for our Adults, we now have a new Basic Beginning Ballet class on Sundays at 1.15 pm starting April 3rd, 2011.

Let’s go and  have some Spring dancing fun!

Acting classes starting January 2011!

Caren Adorni is starting teaching Acting at Born To Play Studio every Tuesday and every Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm! Visit her website or our other pages to learn more!

We are all in Hollywood, after all!

New Classes at Born To Play starting January 2011!

New Ballet classes with Natsuo on Sunday (11.30 am to 1 pm) and with Shiva on Wednesday (10 am to 11.30 am). Plus, new Jazz class on Sunday afternoon (2 pm to 3.30 pm) with Tamara and Capoeira on Friday (6 pm to 7.30 pm) with Espirro!

Check out our new schedule, put your shoes on and come over!!


Happy Holidays 2010 at Born To Play!

Come and join us on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 for a free open level ballet class from 12 am  to 1.30 pm with Benedicte.

A party in the patio with mimosas and other goodies will follow. If you don’t want to dance, show up just for drinks and friends at 1.30 pm :-).

See you there!

Born To Play

2621 Pico Blvd – Unit K
Santa Monica, CA 90405 USA

See map for directions.
To find unit K, turn into the alley next to Amco (on the west side).

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