Egle Spokaite

Egle Spokaite

Founder, Artistic Director

Egle Spokaite is having a stellar career as a Ballet dancer, Actress, Ballet Educator, Fashion model, public speaker across the continents.

Egle Spokaite grew up 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 the 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”, “Anna 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, 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 the school dedicated to Pure ballet, and the highest levels of ballet education.

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Geoffrey Gonzalez

Geoffrey Gonzalez

Contemporary, choreography

Geoff began his formal training at the School of Ballet Arizona (director Kee Juan Han) and the Tempe Dance Academy. For the past 10 years, he is a principal dancer with the City Ballet in San Diego and the company resident choreographer for the past 6.
Before the City Ballet, Geoff was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Arizona’s (BFA) dance program. In 2007, Geoff was a Vegas finalist of “So You Think You Can Dance”. The same year was honored by the Dance Masters of America organization as Mister Dance of America in 2008.
In 2010, he was cast as lead dancer opposite Rasta Thomas for two seasons with the Bad Boys of Dance in the hit show “Rock the Ballet” traveling around Europe. Back in San Diego, his focus turned to growing as a dance creator. Since 2012, Geoff has created nine world premiere ballets for City Ballet and been commissioned to build his pieces for other arts organizations around the country. Among these works were those to which Geoff was chosen to join the New York Choreographic Institute and workshop a new piece for the advanced students of the School of American Ballet.
Yulia Romero

Yulia Romero

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.

Caitlyn Silvas

Caitlyn Silvas

Head Teacher for the youngest levels

Caitlyn Silvas grew up training in a diversity of genres of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. She soon realized her true love – classical ballet and began to focus on training intensely for a professional career. Caitlyn began dancing with professional ballet companies at the age of 17 in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Teaching the next generation of dancers is something Caitlyn is extremely passionate about and is so happy to help nurture students grow in their technique, artistry, and love for dance.
Jaroslav Richters

Jaroslav Richters

Boys' Ballet Teacher

Jaroslav hails from the Czech Republic where he began his ballet training at the Theater of J.K. Tyl in Pilsen. He began his professional path with eight years of ballet education at the Dance Conservatory in Prague. His gateway to America was receiving a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC where he completed two years in the pre-professional program. Jaroslav competed in the Tanzolymp Festival in Berlin in 2018 where he took the 3rd Prize in the Classical Pas de Deux category, then he was a finalist in YAGP New York in 2018 and the Korean International Ballet Competition in 2018. Jaroslav performed in the City Ballet of San Diego’s productions of Carmina Burana, Straw Feet, The Nutcracker, Hallelujah Junction, Who Cares?

Tanya Lewis

Tanya Lewis

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.

Sandra Kirkpatrick

Yoga. Body Conditioning

Embodying the yogi lifestyle and becoming a yoga teacher has given me the opportunity to share my gift of healing through yoga. My purpose is to wake up awareness by listening to your physical and emotional body needs through the practice of postures (asanas) breath work (pranayama) and meditation. In this process you will learn the connection between mind, body, and spirit to create a space to be yourself.
“In my classes, I like to create a sacred and safe space so you can embrace the healing that comes from your practice.”
I completed my 200 YTT, at Yandara Yoga Institute, in Todos Santos Baja Sur, Mexico.

Jacob Soble

Jacob Soble

Contemporary and Tap teacher

Jacob’s passion for dance is evident the moment he takes the stage. His musicality and unique style have been described as captivating, inspirational and breathtaking. His love for dance, which began as a 6-year-old tapper, has expanded to many genres including Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern dance. Having developed many of his skills on his own, Jacob’s creativity led him to start choreographing at age 15.
Now, as a 19-year-old, Jacob is gaining even more notoriety as a gifted choreographer. His choreography has been recognized in competitions and showcases across Los Angeles and San Diego County including the ‘2018 & 2019 San Diego Dance Theatre Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize,’ where Jacob was awarded ‘Best Dancer and Most Compelling Performance as a Soloist. His dynamic routines add emotion to music videos while engaging audiences at live performances.
IN 2016 Jacob started a non-profit outreach program called ‘Love 2 Dance Inc. He donates his time teaching students Contemporary dance after school in the East County School District and hopes to make a difference by inspiring a new generation of dancers. “My plan is not just to teach kids how to dance, but to help them become more confident in their everyday life. I may be young, but I believe my story and commitment will inspire them to be better teenagers!”
Jacob teaches dance to all ages and levels in various studios throughout San Diego and the surrounding areas, including El Cajon and Carlsbad. Jacob is currently teaching and choreographing for concert and competition dance, branding himself locally in San Diego.

Leslie Stevens

Leslie Stevens

Musical Theatre

Leslie Stevens is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer whose choreography works are performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and 3-D Theatricals (www.3dtshows.org) to name a few. She has been teaching Musical Theatre and related disciplines at the universities, colleges, operas. Her full CV is worth exploring. Follow this link to have a glimpse of Leslie’s first class at The BISD

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