The Best Dance Training in the Region since 1963.
The Rock School and its Directors, Bo Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf Spassoff have developed dancers for the premier companies of the United States as well as a host of other internationally known ballet companies in Europe and Asia. The Rock School TEACHES young people the thrill of classic ballet and contemporary dance. Rock School students PERFORM for audiences demonstrating the dynamics and joy of dance. The Rock School COACHES promising young dancers ENCOURAGING high performance in dance and life.
Permanent guest faculty member and former Rock student, Isaac Hernandez performed in Sochi, Russia as part of the 2014 Olympic Games! Hernandez performed at the World Ballet Stars Gala with his partner Jurgita Dronina. Bravo! photo courtesy of Isaac Hernandez
Congratulations Rock School Ballet Master (and former student) Justin Allen! Justin was awarded the Choreographers of Color Award by The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the Official School of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Justin left last weekend to work on this wonderful opportunity!
The Choreographers of Color Award was created to recognize promising young minority choreographers whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the field of dance. Allen is one of the three selected choreographers that are given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set a new work on the Joffrey Academy Trainees. Each winning choreographer will also receive a $2,500 stipend and an opportunity to work directly with Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.
The three World Premieres will be presented in Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards 2014 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, in one performance only, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process for a new work by Choreographer of Color Award winner Justin Allen!
Rock School Alumni performed at the YAGP Tampa Gala 2014. (left to right) Gabe Stone Shayer - American Ballet Theater- corps de ballet, Beckanne Sisk - Ballet West - soloist partnered with Rock Alumnus and Joffrey Ballet principal, Fabrice Calmels, & Derek Dunn - Houston Ballet - first year corps. Congrats on a spectacular performance!
Look who our Directors Bo and Stephanie Spassoff bumped into while running summer intensive auditions on the west coast! Rock School alumnus Esteban Hernandez!
Esteban danced a principal role in San Francisco Ballet’s gala after only being with the company for six months. Esteban is following in his brother Isaac’s footsteps. Isaac Hernandez was also a Rock School student and he was recently promoted to principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet (HET Nationale Ballet)! We are so proud of both Isaac and Esteban Hernandez!
Both brothers won the Grand Prix at Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York (at different times) and both have won gold in the Havana/Cuban International Competition.