ABOUT BAY POINTE BALLET SCHOOL
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ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Bay Pointe Ballet School was founded in 2013 by internationally renowned master teacher and choreographer, Bruce Steivel. The School's mission is to provide high caliber classical ballet training that prepares students to reach their maximum potential and instill a love for the performing arts. The School offers programs year-round, and selects students by audition annually to train during the summers with master teachers. The School's curriculum and training style are based on the Vaganova (Russian) training method; a time tested technique devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). The Vaganova training method develops strong and expressive dancers, often standing out for their épaulement, the harmonious shapes attained by the torso, arms, head and even direction of the eyes.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
Bay Pointe Ballet School has three youth divisions; Primary, General and Curriculum Division. Our Primary Division is where the young dancer begins and the foundations of Classical Ballet are laid. Our Primary Division is completed at our Level 1B - from which students are then able to choose to enter our General Division or our Curriculum Division. Our General Division is catered to young dancers wishing to explore dance at a once a week pace. The Curriculum Division is tailored for dancers who endeavor to reach their maximum potential and study at a pace in line for a professional career in dance. The Curriculum Division is structured to increase every determined and hard-working student’s technical skills, artistry, stamina and strength. All classes at Bay Pointe Ballet School seek to instill a deeper understanding of ballet as an art form.
Bay Pointe Ballet School holds an annual Summer Intensive Program that features renowned master teachers. Our Summer Intensive Program faculty has included Christiana Stefanou, Evgeny Lushkin, Monika Rostomian and Saul Marziali, to name a few. Aside from attracting students from throughout the Western United States, students have also traveled from Canada, Japan, England, France and China to train at our Summer Intensive Program.
Bay Pointe Ballet School also offers a variety of adult classes and workshops.
All students in levels Pre Ballet 1 and higher are invited to participate in Bay Pointe Ballet School’s year end Showcase Performance, held annually in June. The Showcase Performance is a wonderful opportunity to dancers to demonstrate their progress made, explore performance skills and gain stage and production experience.
Bay Pointe Ballet School holds an audition every September for children's roles needed for Bay Pointe Ballet’s professional company. Roles are often needed for the Company’s productions of Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Coppelia. Dancers selected for these opportunities experience what it is like to be in a professional production, perform in front of thousands of audience members and work in a professional atmosphere.
Bay Pointe Ballet School is very traditional regarding competitions. As ballet is an art form, not a sport, Bay Pointe Ballet School is highly selective regarding competition participation. Currently, Bay Pointe Ballet School selects, by invitation only, a small number of students each year to compete in the ballet based Youth American Grand Prix competition.
ABOUT BAY POINTE BALLET SCHOOL DIRECTOR BRUCE STEIVEL
Bruce Steivel is an internationally recognized choreographer and teacher. Previously, Mr. Steivel served as the Artistic Director of Bern Stadt Theatre in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Ballet, Serbia National Ballet, the Universal Ballet of Korea and Nevada Ballet Theatre, where he served as artistic director for over a decade.
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 Coppélia and the Prince in Nutcracker, to name a few.
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 Tianjin, China, 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, Deutsch 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. His passion for the arts instills a love for discipline and creativity in students of all ages and capabilities.
Bay Pointe Ballet School students performing in children's roles with Bay Pointe Ballet. Photograper Stan Olszewski.