Founder, Artistic Director
Prima Ballerina of The Lithuanian National Ballet Theatre of 21 years and the winner of 4 International Ballet Competitions around the world, Egle Spokaite also had a stellar career as actress, ballet educator, fashion model, and public speaker. Want to learn more about Ms. Egle’s career, life, and achievements?
In 2008, Egle graduated from Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy with the degree in choreography and pedagogy (ballet education) and started her teaching career by founding “Egle Spokaite Ballet School” In Lithuania (2009), that quickly grew to 700 students, before she moved to Boston, MA and subsequently to San Diego, CA. In 2016, Egle Spokaite founded the Ballet Institute of San Diego – the school dedicated to quality dance education, where music, aesthetics and subtleties of dance movements come into Harmony, and each student is nurtured to seek and achieve her/his potential. Egle’s students yet again travel the world winning numerous international ballet and contemporary dance awards
Renee Kester knew she wanted to be a professional dancer at age 12 after a gymnastics injury led her to find a more artistic way of athleticism. Renee was trained first in breakdancing by Hokuto Konishi, Ryan Conferido, and later contemporary with Jessie Riley, and became the youngest member of Entity and Sonya Tayeh’s company, dancing professionally at age 15. After getting serious about ballet and eventually got scouted at World Ballet Competition to be a trainee with Washington Ballet. Renee danced and toured with Houston Ballet before coming back to California to explore herself as a choreographer. Since then, she has danced and choreographed for several music videos, live shows, and commercials including Prius, Nair, Lenovo and Timberland. Renee has also been hailed for her YouTube videos and nominated for several awards, particularly for her and Phillip Chbeeb’s viral sensation video, ‘Slip’. She has been choreographing and teaching at many prominent Ballet Schools worldwide
Contemporary dancer and choreographer Jeremy Zapanta has professionally performed with Malashock Dance, San Diego Opera, San Diego Dance Theater, Traverse City Dance Project among others. Los Angeles native, he began his ballet training at Burbank School of the, graduated from the UC Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance where he was a W. J. Gillespie and G. Kaufman scholar. He developed his love for contemporary dance after training at Northwest Dance Project: LAUNCH 8, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet programs. Jeremy is currently a dancer and choreographer with The Rosin Box Project.
Modern and Contemporary teacher
Besides inspiring Ballet Institute’s students to embrace the Contemporary Dance, Tanya Lewis is also the Assistant Artistic Director and choreographer of Visionary Dance Theatre and has been dancing with the company for years. Tanya graduated from UCSD with BA in Dance and a minor in Theater in 2012 and received the Stewart Prize in Choreography. She has performed with Eveoke Dance Theatre, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, KO Dance Co, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Eric Geiger, and Somebodies Dance Theater to name a few. As an independent artist Past projects and choreographies include Prism, You’re Late, Ebb & , and Between Two Ends which was selected as part of 40 North, an international dance film festival. Her choreography for a short film won the Silver Award for best choreography from International Film Awards.
Head Teacher for the youngest levels
Catherine Rose Field
Teacher for the junior levels. Pointe Shoe Fitter
Ms. Catherine began her ballet training at age five with Yuma Ballet Academy. Subsequently, she joined YBA’s nationally top-rated pre-professional ballet company, Ballet Yuma. Catherine trained as a Ballet Teacher under Kathleen Sinclair, Ballet Yuma’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder. Here, she developed her passion and ability to teach ballet technique with an emphasis on developing young dancers. Ms. Catherine strives to lay a solid technical and artistic foundation for all students. Catherine is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and works at Dancer’s Choice where she assists in management and also professionally fits pointe shoes alongside her mentor, Gg Muir.
Stretching and Body Conditioning
Yulia was born and raised in Russia and started Rhythmic Gymnastics training at the age of four and began competing at the age of six. Yulia was a competitive gymnast for eleven years until she went on to obtain a higher education in law. In 2008 she returned to the sport as a Gymnastics Coach at Star Gymnastics Studio in her hometown. In 2012 Yulia moved to the United States and again began coaching at Champion Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy. Yulia has a great deal of passion for working with young girls and enjoys helping them to achieve their goals and succeed.
Ballet. Contemporary. Chinese Dance
Ethan holds MFA degree from U. California, Irvine, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the same school and calls himself a dancing engineer. Ethan received classical training in Chinese dance, Ballet and is a seasoned modern dancer. He was personally coached by Donald McKayle, a modern dance pioneer, to performing Mr McKayle’s original work. He trained modern dance with Bonnie Oda Homsey (M. Graham technique).
Ethan is also an explorer in the realm of dance and technology and showcased dance works created with motion capture and 3D rendering technologies.