The Corvallis School of Ballet was founded by Shelly Svoboda’s first dance instructor, Robert Irwin of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. After dancing with the Eugene Ballet Company for six years, Ms Svoboda purchased the Corvallis School of Ballet in 1987, renaming it The Regional School of Ballet.
RSB is a member of the American Academy of Ballet. With instructors professionally trained in a different styles, including French, Cecchetti and Vaganova, our students are easily able to adapt to a variety of choreography by guest instructors, when attending workshops, and when pursuing dance as a career.
The studio’s goal is to provide a positive and fun dance environment while giving students a solid foundation in dance.
RSB dancers are given the training, inspiration and support needed to strive toward excellence. Whether a dancer is training for a professional career or personal enjoyment, our dancers are equipped with the technique and professional attitude necessary to reach their goals. Many RSB students have continued on to perform professionally or earn dance degrees.
Dancers are encouraged to participate in workshops to compliment their training. RSB students have attended workshops at American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, San Diego Ballet, the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Polaris Dance Theater and Cornish College of Arts, as well as seminars taught by David Howard and Joanna Kneeland.
All forms of dance are physically demanding and test the limits of the human body. At Regional School of Ballet the safety of the dancer is crucial. Through strengthening and continual training, dancers are taught correct technique and alignment without forcing positions. Dancers who wish to train en pointe must be of sufficient strength to prevent injury and are required to attend a minimum of two classes in addition to their pointe class.
As well as proven teaching techniques, RSB dancers train and perform on a flexible wood floor. For additional safety, the wood floor is covered with a Marley floor. A Marley dance floor prevents slipping and provides an ideal surface for dancers. Professional companies around the world
(including New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey) dance on Marley floors.
Dancing is a fun way to teach students to work together as a group while rewarding individual growth, improvement and confidence. Above all, at the Regional School of Ballet dance is a joyous experience. It doesn’t matter what your size is, what your technique level is, or your age. At Regional School of Ballet, there is a place for everyone. We believe the beauty and joy of dance should be available to everyone and that we should dance throughout our life.
‘Throughout the year we have been so pleased with the care & dedication that all the staff put into teaching, planning, organizing, kid wrangling & business affairs at the studio. Thank you so much!’
– Courtney P