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.
Hailey (Souther) Hetterick began her Ballet studies in Corvallis at the age of four. Between the ages of eight and fifteen, she also studied with the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) in Portland, and the School of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York City.
At sixteen, she was accepted as a full-time Dancer-Trainee with Eugene Ballet Company (EBC) in Eugene, under the direction of Toni Pimble and Jennifer Martin. While there, she performed in EBC’s productions of Swan Lake, Mowgli the Ballet, and Nutcracker.
As Sugar Plum in the Chamber Ballet of Corvallis (CBC) 2012 Nutcracker production, she performed the Grande Pas opposite EBC dancer, Reed Souther, as Cavalier. She has enjoyed several other solo roles with RSB and in CBC’s Nutcracker, where she and her husband Nick look forward to an extended tradition as Party Parents.
In addition to Ballet, Hailey has also Tap danced with Nancy Traina and the Pacific Tap Dance Company, as well as becoming an Open Champion Irish dancer with An Daire Academy of Irish Dance, with whom she traveled to Ireland in 2008 for the World Irish Dance championships.
She was a member of Western Oregon University (WOU)’s Rainbow Dance Theatre (RDT) in Monmouth during their 2016-2017 season, before transferring from WOU to OSU in Fall 2017 to work toward completing her double degree in Literature and Secondary Education.
Hailey began teaching RSB’s youngest ballerinas in 2016, adding the adult beginning ballet dancers in 2017; she also substitutes as needed in beginning through advanced level classes.
She feels greatly privileged to be a part of the positive, effective and safe training environment Shelly has established at RSB, and looks forward to continuing to share her lifelong love of dance with others, through both teaching and performing.