Founder, Artistic Director
Egle Spokaite was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. After graduating from National Art School in 1989 she became the principal soloist of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater. Between 1994 and 1996 Egle became a winner of four international ballet competitions around the world (Perm, Russia Gold medal; Maya 94 Sant Peterburg, Russia Bronze medal; Helsinki International, Gold Medal; Nagoya International, Gold Medal). She has bestowed highest National award of Lithuania. During her career between 1989 and 2011 Eglė Špokaitė performed leading classical and neoclassical roles such a “Zizel”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Copellia”, “Nutcracker“, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Carmen”, “Ana Karenina” and many more at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater. She worked with the grand masters of the international caliber and prepared classical heritage roles with leading Mariinsky theater pedagogues: Ninel Kurgapkina, Kseniya Ter-Stepanova. Egle collaborated with the most prominent of art figures: Mstislav Rostropovich, Maya Pliseckaya, Gidon Kremer. Performed under the direction of choreographers Gerald Arpino, Georgy Aleksidze, Krzysztof Pastor, Boris Eifman, Alexei Ratmansky, Alla Sigalova, Eva Wicichovska, Kiril Simonov. As a guest artist, she created major roles in Georgian National Opera, Latvian National Opera, Finish National Opera, Karelian Music Theater.
In 2008, Egle graduated from Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy with the degree in choreography and pedagogy (ballet education) and started her teaching career. In 2009, Egle Spokaite co-founded first private ballet school in Vilnius, Lithuania. The school grew over the years to become the biggest ballet school in the Baltic countries, currently counting over 700 students.
In 2012, Egle Spokaite moved to live in Boston and subsequently moved to San Diego. In 2016, she founded the Ballet Institute of San Diego.
Shawn is native to San Diego & an alumni from UC Riverside. In 2000, he began studying classical ballet at a small school after several years of sports & martial arts. While training, he worked regionally for Welk Resort Theater and Moonlight Amphitheater, then joined Tokyo DisneySea in 2004 with Mystic Rhythms. Afterward, he settled in New York, danced in the film Across The Universe, inspired by music from The Beatles, and then joined Universal Studios Japan in their company production Wicked in Osaka. He’s also very fortunate to have performed on Broadway in the revival of West Side Story by late Arthur Laurents, as well as in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Kuala Lumpur, and other cities for three years as Pepe in the 50th Anniversary International Co. of West Side Story. In 2011, Shawn went on hiatus from performance abroad, returned to his hometown to rest, then joined Southern California Ballet as a resident artist. Since then, he has also performed locally with San Diego Ballet in Seven Beauties, The Nutcracker, Sweet Synergy, & A Midsummer Nights’s Dream as Bottom; in The Great Gatsby with California Ballet; and in Great Scott with San Diego Opera. He gives regular instruction in ballet, music theory & pas de deux, and currently trains in piano accompaniment for ballet in San Diego.