With their backgrounds in Russian Vaganova-based education and American professional careers, the artistic directors are dedicated to giving their students a well-rounded education in a nurturing environment. Under Vinson and Gorboulev’s direction, Olympic Ballet students have been accepted into and have attended prestigious national schools such as Boston Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Los Angeles Ballet School, and others.
Though the emphasis remains on classical ballet, other dance disciplines are included in the Olympic Ballet School curriculum, and the faculty is selected with care. Highly acclaimed guest instructors are also invited to stimulate the classrooms, and inspire students to obtain their goals and reach their utmost potential.
what We Do
There are four programs offered at Olympic Ballet School, with classes for all ages:
• DANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Students in the highest levels of the Classical Ballet Division are selected to join Olympic Ballet School’s affiliated performing company, Olympic Ballet Theatre. With a full season of performances in Edmonds, Everett, and Arlington, the company performs beloved classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, & Coppélia, as well as new works created for them by today’s leading choreographers.
WHY WE SUCCEED
Performance opportunities with a carefully designed curriculum and a nurturing faculty are vital to the students’ progression, and are what make Olympic Ballet School a professional-quality school.
Individual care and attention is given to each student so that all students may reach their maximum potential. Limited class sizes ensure attention to each individual student and performance opportunities throughout the year provide public displays of each student’s growth.
A SHORT HISTORY
Celebrating its 35th anniversary last season, Olympic Ballet School maintains a long-established reputation as the leading school of classical ballet in the North Puget Sound. From its inception under John and Helen Wilkins, Olympic Ballet School has been committed to providing a thorough ballet education to its students, while instilling a life-long appreciation of the art form.
In June of 2011 former Pacific Northwest Ballet & Moscow Classical Ballet artists, Mara Vinson & Oleg Gorboulev, became the new Artistic Directors of Olympic Ballet Theatre & School. Under their direction, the school provides professional level training for all students, whatever their professional aspirations may be.