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Born in the former Soviet Union, Olga graduated from the Moldovan Academy of Ballet Dance (Russian Vaganova Method) and the University Musical Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau.

She was a participant and was awarded the Diploma of the First International Festival of classical dance "Chisinau- 1998" honorary diploma of the world famous artist Sergei Diaghilev. Moreover she has taken part and was awarded a Diploma in international competitions in Austria and Romania.

After graduation, and in parallel with its ballet career Olga has always participated in the preparation of children for local competition and for their annual exams. She was invited to be a judge for the television shows and to give master classes in several dance schools in Europe.

She was a soloist with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet in Chisinau and the Principal Ballerina of the Grand Theatre Ballet Russe in the United Kingdom. Olga also danced with the ballet company Crown of Russian Ballet in Moscow. For several years she worked as a dancer and guest teacher from the Moscow Ballet in the United States.

Olga Balbocean has many times toured and performed in the biggest and most prestigious venues in the following countries : United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales , Germany , Russia , Greece , Austria , Ukraine , Belgium , Romania, the Netherlands , United States of America and Switzerland .

Olga was nominated and awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award in the Youth America Grand Prix semifinal Ballet Competition in Dallas in January 2014.

Olga Balbocean has been invited to conduct auditions in Dallas and in the beginning of 2016 year Ms. Olga has been invited to New York to conduct auditions on behalf of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The Bolshoi Ballet Academy is presented by the Russian American Foundation.

At the beginning of 2019 Olga's Russian Ballet School was chosen to conduct an audition to the Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington D.C.) for the Summer Intensive program.

Our Teachers

Ya-Jo Lo ( Resina)  - Ballet Teacher

Major in Dance in National Taiwan Academy of Art, 1986

Professor  since 2014 - present in the National Taiwan University of Sport
Associate Professor since 2001, National Taiwan College of Physical Education
.  Master teacher (GUEST IN U.S.), 2003-2016 As a guest in ACDFA .Taught Ballet, Ballet Point, Chinese Martial Arts, and Chinese Folk Dance teacher traveling overseas, 1992-1997 Selected as a teacher to teach Chinese overseas to remind Chinese of their heritage with traditional Chinese Folk Dance in Thailand, Fiji, African countries, including South Africa.

Selected by the University of Iowa to represent university to attend National Collegiate Dance Contest in USA and won the “Best Performance” prize and the full scholarship

Invited to be a judge to audit dance examinations and dance contests as well as a member of national college entrance examination of the subject of dance from 1996 till now. Chosen to speak in the community, city libraries and different conferences.

Summary :    Associate professor, administrator, choreographer, international coordinator, student consoler and adjudicator in Dance competition for community and nationally in Taiwan. Taught a variety of techniques of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Chinese Folk Dance and Chinese Martial Arts



Michelle Urban - Contemporary Style Teacher

Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's degree in Dance Education in 2011. During those years she was able to attend the American College Dance Festival for four years, where she studied and performed with choreographers and dancers from all over the United States.

Michelle Urban was awarded for her choreography in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has reached out to the community and begun teaching in dance studios since 2009.Since then, Michelle has produced, choreographed and danced in several productions for dance studios in El Paso.

In 2011 she created a dance organization for the child crisis center that led her to her career in education. She taught dance at Riverside Middle School for four years and has been currently promoted to High School for the upcoming school year. Moreover ,she attends the National Dance Education Organization convention every year and continues to perform and choreograph in order to gain more knowledge and carry it on to her students.

Angela Null - Ballet Teacher ( Basic, Technique, Inter / Advanced Level)
Angela has an extensive background in dance and a decade worth of experience teaching classical ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary styles.  She began her formal dance training at the Loudoun School of Ballet in Leesburg, Virginia.
At age 14, she was admitted on artistic scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. where she received her diploma in the Vaganova method. Since graduation, she has danced for companies such as The Washington Ballet (scholarship), Richmond Ballet (scholarship), First State Ballet Theatre, and most recently The Sarasota Ballet of Florida.
She has performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia. Angela competed in the USA National Youth Ballet Competition receiving a gold medal and was top twelve at the Youth America Grand Prix.


Itzel Ronquillo - Ballet Teacher (Pre Ballet I , II level)

Itzel stated her ballet training in Juárez, Chihuahua México at a local studio. At the age of 12 she participated in several competitions with Dance Educators of America.  In 2007, she was accepted to the Dance Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. During her college years she enriched her training and performance experience in contemporary, improvisation, choreography, partnering, dance theater and ballet. She participated as a dancer and collaborated in original pieces that were performed at the American College Dance Festival in Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. In December, Itzel was cast for the “Holiday Spectacular” under the direction of Gregory l. Taylor and performed as a soloist in contemporary choreography for the Nutcracker.  

In October 2011, she was selected to be part of the musical Westside Story under the direction of David Grabarkewitz from El Paso Opera and New York choreographer Sean Curran. As a Shark she performed in scenes like The Dance at the Gym, America, Somewhere and The Rumble.  During that year, Itzel was accepted in the Compañía de Ballet de la Universidad Autonoma de Cd Juárez, México, under the artistic direction of María Del Roble Becerra. As a member she performed as a soloist and corps the ballet in Bayadere, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker for four seasons. In May 2012, she debuted as a Principal in La Fille Mal Gardee with the role of Lise and in the Mexican Gala with the role El Son De La Negra, an adaptation of Mexican folklore in ballet. In February 2013, Itzel trained in Cuba as part of the Foreign Program at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In July 2016, she had the opportunity to attend the International AVE BOHEMIA ballet workshop in Prague. In December 2013 she joined Olga’s Russian Ballet School where she performed as Dulcinea from Don Quixote, the classical piece The Animated Frescoes from The Little Humpbacked Horse, Odaliques from Le Corsaire and Pas de Action from La Bayadere.  In addition, she has participated in the annual Ballet Examination and had the opportunity to teach classes for Ballet I and Pre Ballet.

Bridget Tinquely Smith - Yoga Teacher

Bridget began her ballet training in El Paso with Andree Harper. She continued her dance education at the University of Texas at El Paso wit Ingeborg Heuser where she danced with The Ballet of the Americas and Ballet El Paso in many productions including the Nutcracker, Carmen, Pineapple Poll, Faerie Doll, and Cinderella. She opened The Ballet Performing Arts Center in 2001 where she participated with The Moscow Ballet as the local children's rehearsal coordinator. In that capacity she met and partnered with Olga Balbocean. Managed the Mind Body Studio for 15  years. Bridget is now teaching yoga, barre, and dance in El Paso.



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