About Ballet Bloch
We offer classical ballet and contemporary dance training together with Gyrotonic® and Pilates body conditioning specialized for dancers.
Balanchine Protégée Stephanie Saland Helps Dancers Connect With Their Desire to Move
Former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet
Stephanie Saland returns next Summer to teach at our Summer Intensive 2020. The two-week training intensive focuses on: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Classical Repertoire, Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga for Dancers and Pas de Deux.
The program is designed for two levels:
– Intermediate (10yrs+)
– Advanced (15yrs+)
An audition is required.
“I have trained with Ms. Tracy since I was 8 years old. I followed her from Pro Arte Dance School when she opened Ballet Bloch Canada in 2012. I continued to train diligently under her tutelage, always trying to retain the wealth of knowledge she gives. Ms. Tracy was instrumental in helping me grow as a dancer both technically and artistically encouraging and inspiring a growing passion for dance. Her belief in me helped achieve milestones such as winning BC Arts Provincials Ballet II and III and getting accepted into the highly acclaimed San Francisco Ballet School in 2015. It was a huge accomplishment for me to be able to attend this international school and it would not have been possible without the foundation work Ms. Tracy helped me build.”
Our Aspirant Professional Program offers trained dancers age 18-22yrs the opportunity…
(10yrs+ To 18yrs+)
My Personal Message
I was two years old when my older sister started to take ballet lessons. I immediately fell in love with her soft, pink leather ballet slippers and I started to beg my mother for lessons. In those days schools didn’t offer classes for two year olds, but I continued to pester her anyway. When I was three she found a class for five year olds that I was permitted to take, if I wasn’t disruptive, and I was surely not!
My passion for ballet remained my focus throughout my young life, and my constant dream was to dance in a professional ballet company. Of course my parents insisted on college as the back up plan, but what we all discovered along the way, was that the study of ballet trains the brain for whatever you put your mind to. It’s not just discipline and mental focus that you learn, but the actual ability to use your brain to a greater capacity. Studies have now proven that the study of ballet can keep your mind young and healthy as you age!
Through years of hard work (which I loved), I realized my dream and danced professionally. After retiring from performing, I was excited to start teaching. In our journey as teachers, my husband Tom and I have owned our own ballet schools, have taught for other private schools and were also the directors for The Academy of Colorado Ballet.
Five years ago Tom and I made a big decision, we sold our school in San Diego and moved back to Vancouver to be closer to family. I am now so happy to be teaching at Ballet Bloch, to such wonderfully dedicated and talented students. It brings me such joy to pass on what I have learned, and to nurture and support the artists of the future!
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