An alumna of the School of American Ballet and New York's Performing Arts High School, Stephanie Wolf Spassoff is a former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist, past member of American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Finis Jhung's New York Chamber Ballet. She was a principal dancer with both Ballet Oklahoma and Savannah Ballet. She was Associate Director of Ballet Oklahoma, Savannah Ballet, and their respective associated schools. Ms. Spassoff has been a guest artist and teacher for many regional companies, schools, and universities and was a permanent faculty member of the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She has coached gold medalists in prestigious international competitions in Moscow and the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS and is a judge for Youth America Grand Prix. In 201, 2012, and 2017 Mrs. Spassoff was Co-Artistic Director for the largest Ballet Galas ever held in Mexico City.
President / Director
Bojan Spassoff was a Ford Foundation Scholarship student at the School of American Ballet and was an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and New York City Ballet companies. Thereafter, Mr. Spassoff became a member of the Dutch National Ballet and was later among the first foreigners to join the Royal Danish Ballet. Subsequently, Mr. Spassoff was invited to join American Ballet Theatre and continued his career dancing solo and principal roles with the San Francisco Ballet and teaching for that company and its school. Mr. Spassoff served as Artistic Director for both Savannah Ballet and Ballet Oklahoma and their associated schools. He has been guest artist and teacher for numerous regional companies, schools, and universities. A former ballet master for Pennsylvania Ballet, he was Associate Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts, operated in conjunction with New York City Ballet. He has coached gold medalists in prestigious international competitions in Havana, Berlin, as well as Moscow and USA International Ballet Competitions. He is a judge for Youth America Grand Prix. In 2011, 2012, and 2017 Mr. Spassoff was Artistic Director for the largest Ballet Galas ever held in Mexico City.
Ballet Master, Associate Director, and Resident Choreographer
Born in Baltimore Maryland, Justin began his dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He decided he wanted more serious ballet training and in 2004, he began training at The Rock School for Dance Education where he had the opportunity to dance different styles of ballet and finish his education in the Rock Academics Program Alliance. Justin studied at The Rock School for 4 years. He spent his summers training with the Miami City Ballet School from 2004-2008. In 2008, Justin got his first opportunity to dance as a professional guest artist with The Dayton Ballet, which led to his first professional contract. In 2009, Justin joined The Ballet Theatre of Maryland where he performed many soloist roles. In 2010, Justin joined The Rock School as a full-time Faculty and Choreographer. Justin was the recipient of The Joffrey Ballet’s 2013 Choreographers of Color Award. This year, Justin has been awarded Outstanding Choreographer at the YAGP Philadelphia competition.
Jody started her serious training at age 14 at North Carolina School of the Arts and continued at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City on full scholarship. As a principal dancer with the Kansas City Ballet for 16 years, Jody had the honor of performing principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, Todd Bolender, Ann Reinking and many other noted choreographers. She was also hand picked by Alvin Ailey to perform as a guest artist with his company, and to recreate his ballet FLOWERS to much critical acclaim. Jody also performed and was the Associate Choreographer and Community Chorus Director with Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre in addition to performing with St. Louis MUNY, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars and Houston’s Theater Under the Stars, and toured with several musical theatre productions. As a choreographer she has staged original works for Kansas City Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, Berks Ballet Theater and for The Rock School in addition to choreographing musicals for several regional theatres. Jody has been on the faculty with The Kansas City Ballet School, Berks Ballet Theatre, Delaware Dance Company as well was the director of dance at The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan as well as teaching master classes all over the country. Jody was honored to be nominated for a Philadelphia Theatre Alliance Barrymore Award for her choreography for Candlelight Theatre’s 2007 production of CHICAGO, won the 2013 Barney Award for her choreography for Candlelight Theatre’s 2013 production of A CHORUS LINE. For Rock School she choreographed WEST SIDE STORY SUITE that was performed at the Mann Center with The Curtis Institute, and CATTO AT BAT for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival. Jody has been on the faculty since 2004, and also teaches at Rock West.
Telmo began his training at the National Conservatory Dance school of Portugal. Then After being awarded one of the top prizes in the 2007 Prix de Lausanne he received a scholarship to complete his studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, where he had the opportunity to perform Flower Festival Pas de deux at the Marinsky Theatre in St.
Petersburg. Telmo has also received the Outstanding European Dancer at the Youth American Grand Prix finals, the Judges Prize at the 2008 Varna International Ballet Competition, was a finalist at the 2008 Bejing IBC, and was a semi finalist in Jackson USA IBC 2014.. After competing in the Prix de Lausanne for the second time Telmo received the apprenticeship award, and chose to join American Ballet Theatre’s second company, where he danced works by Jerome Robbins, Balanchine, and Eduard Liang. Telmo has been invited to participate in International galas such as Youth American Grand Prix’s Japan Gala. Telmo Joined Orlando Balled in 2011 where danced numerous leading and danced works by Jessica Lang, Peter Chu , Abdur Jackson, Robert Hill, Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. During his time with the company Telmo had the opportunity to choreograph his own ballets and created "Barco Negro"(2014) "Unsaid". (2015) "same old fear"(2016) he also has his own production of firebird created for the Florida Ballet. In 2016 he won best choreography at the YAGP regionals in Tampa. Telmo joined The Rock School's faculty as Ballet Master in 2017.
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Joaquin de Luz
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