We are incredibly excited to hold classes at ARABESQUE.

You will love dancing in this space.



WED 2/22 – 3/29 @ 7-8 PM w/ Michael Cornell SIGN UP

TUE 3/7 – 4/11 @ 8 – 9 PM w/Grace SIGN UP 


We now hold a large number of open classes at Arabesque including 10AM weekday mornings M-TH.
Michael Cornell now teaches OPEN ALIGN 4 every Wednesday at 8-9:30 PM
Please view our OPEN CLASS SCHEDULE for a complete list.



Grace Allison McCarthy studied ballet in southern California with Julia Bourlina and Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. She was accepted and became the first foreign student at the Korea National University of the Arts, Department of Ballet where she studied under Director Sun-hee Kim, and retired Kirov Principals, Rita Kulik and Vladimir Kim.

During her two years in Korea she won several ballet competitions including the Gold Medal at the Korea International Ballet Competition, the Grand Prix, twice, at the YAGP Regional’s and was a top Finalist at the YAGP Finals in NYC.Grace was awarded a YAGP Full Merit Scholarship to the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. Professionally, Grace has danced with Stuttgart Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet.


ALIGN BALLET METHOD creator and artistic director, Michael Cornell, is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. He studied classical ballet with the Royal Ballet dancer Petrus Bosman and American master teacher Robert Dicello. After completing a scholarship with the Pennsylvania School of Ballet, Michael joined the innovative BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio.

He remained with the company for 10 years. Michael’s contemporary dancing skills led him to his principle roles in original & signature work by David Parsons (The Parsons Company/New York), James Kudelka (Director of The National Ballet of Canada), Liz Lerman (Harvard Artist in Residence & Genius Award Winner) and Alonzo King (Lines Ballet/San Francisco). He has performed several principle roles in La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, and has appeared in George Balanchine’s Serenade. After relocating to L.A., Michael began his career as a Hollywood personal trainer, where he developed a number of unique fitness industry concepts. He produced Transformation, one of the first MP3 guided workouts for the iPod. After this success, Michael created the ALIGN BALLET METHOD by combining forms of contemporary American ballet training and elements of sports science. This technique allowed Michael to work with a variety of individuals at all levels of fitness.

His classes & fitness programs have been featured in ANGELENO, HEALTH, BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, THE NEW YORK TIMES and on KTLA. Find out what it’s like to take a class with Michael Cornell as he describes the physical benefits of The ALIGN BALLET METHOD on POP SUGAR.


Bjarne Hecht is a former leading dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, English National Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. His teachers incl. Vera Volkova, Toni Lander, Nora Kiss and Stanley Williams. He has appeared in numerous TV productions and toured the world, in 1982 he opened the RDB’s NY Met season dancing the lead in August Bournonville’s Kermesse in Bruges to critical acclaim. In LA he has appeared at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Beverly Theatre and Universal Amphi Theatre. He has had works created on him by Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley and Christopher Bruce among others, as well as performed in works by Petipa, Balanchine, Ashton, Kylian, Taylor and many others. After retiring from dance he studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in NY. He has been in plays on many NY stages incl. Broadway in the Tony nominated production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder – Three by Thornton Wilder. When he is not teaching at Align Ballet he is pursuing film acting.

There is ample street parking on the side streets and meters in the area.