Graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. Steivel continued his studies on full scholarship with the American School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. He has trained and worked under some of dance’s most famous teachers and choreographers including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit, Anton Dolin, Ben Stevenson, Andre Eglevsky, Andexandra Danilova, David Howard and Heinz Spoerli.
As a dancer, Mr. Steivel danced every major role in the classical repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia and the Prince in Nutcracker, to name a few.
As Artistic Director for the Hong Kong Ballet and the Universal Ballet, Mr. Steivel developed a strong internationally accepted company and launched each company on their first American and European tours. Hong Kong Ballet’s tour to mainland China was the first time the Hong Kong based company performed in China.
As Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Mr. Steivel expanded the repertoire by adding 30 ballets – 13 from visiting choreographers and 17 of his own creation. His Nutcracker was a holiday favorite, along with Peter Pan, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Several of his works are in the repertoire of five major dance companies.
Bruce Steivel brings a wealth of experience teaching and managing ballet curricula on both a national and international scale. He continues to be a widely sought teacher and coach throughout the world including guest engagements in Tokyo, Japan, Norwegian National Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Vienna Volks Opera, Virginia School of the Arts, National Ballet of Ecuador, Interlochen School of the Arts, Het National Ballet, Cuba Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Den Norske Opera, Hong Kong Center for the Arts, Deutch Opera Am Rhein, Berlin Staatsoper, Istanbul Conservatory, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Bat-Dor of Israel and Greek National Ballet.
His teaching style and philosophy reflects the expertise he gained by studying under some of the greatest names in modern ballet history including: George Balanchine, Robert Lindgren, Leon Danileon, Vicente Nebrada, Alexandra Danilova, Duncan Noble, Anton Dolin, Job Saunders, Andre Eglevsky, Ben Stevenson, Jiri Kylian, Sonja Tyven, Pauline Koner, Hans Van Manen, David Howard and Stanley Williams.
Mr. Steivel’s management of two 500-member ballet schools provides the School with a sound foundation of experience and excellence that produces students ready for a professional career. His passion for the arts instills a love for discipline and creativity in students of all ages and capabilities.