Instructors

Shelly SvobodaShelly Svoboda

Shelly Svoboda is dedicated to teaching the passion and joy of dance.  Ms Svoboda began dancing at The Corvallis School of Ballet with Robert Irwin, of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  Later in Lansing, Michigan, she studied with Virgiline Simmons, the president of the Ceccetti Council of America. Upon high school graduation, she continued her dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional training program.

Later returning to Corvallis to visit family, Ms Svoboda connected with Eugene Ballet Company, where she was a member for six years.  In 1987, Ms Svoboda purchased The Corvallis School of Ballet from Tom Irwin, renaming the school The Regional School of Ballet.

Ms Svoboda continues to train as a teacher with such renowned instructors as David Howard, Michael Owens, Mary Price-Boday, Pacific Northwest Ballet Company Instructors’ Program, Karen Clippenger, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Teachers Training Program.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ballet.

Ms Svoboda’s goal is to provide a positive, effective and safe environment to train.

Nicole Jolin Regional School of Ballet Instructor CorvallisNicole Jolin

Nicole Jolin started dancing at the age of 6 with Robert Irwin and Tom Irwin at the Corvallis School of Ballet and continued with Shelly Svoboda at The Regional School of Ballet.  Nicole received additional training with Toni Pimble of The Eugene School of Ballet, Mary Price-Boday and Joanna Kneeland. She was a member of the OSU Ballroom Dance Club from 1992 – 1994, dancing ballroom, latin and country western.

Ms Jolin performed in The Eugene Ballet Company’s productions of the Nutcracker and Cinderella and with Oregon Dance.  Nicole has performed soloist roles in a number of Regional School of Ballet and Chamber Ballet of Corvallis productions including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.

Ms Jolin starting teaching in 1998 for Regional School of Ballet and taught for Eugene School of Ballet from 2003-2005.  Her choreography has been seen in Dance Gallery, the OSU Ballroom Dance Club and RSB recitals.  Nicole is a rehearsal mistress for the RSB production of the Nutcracker, rehearsing Waltz of the Flowers, Snow Scene and Variations in Act II.

Nicole earned her Bachelor’s of Science at the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University.  She currently works as a pharmacist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Springfield, Or.  She enjoys traveling around the world and has been to Ireland, Egypt and on safari in South Africa.

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