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 premiere 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.
Daniel Ulbricht is Guest Teaching upper level students at The Rock School this week! Mr. Ulbricht has been a part of The Rock School’s permanent guest faculty for nearly six years.
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.
Rock School Ballet Mistress and Faculty Member, Mariaelena Ruiz, was the artistic director for Danzaira Escuela de Ballet’s, “Paquita Grand Pas” in Lima, Peru! Along with staging this special performance in Peru, Ruiz was also guest teaching and holding auditions for The Rock School’s 2013 Summer Ballet Intensive.
At the end of her trip, Ruiz fell and broke her ankle. She has had an operation and the prognosis is good. However, because the break was rather serious she will not be able to travel by plane for approximately 6 weeks.
Along with The School’s current faculty we will have some additional guest teachers to cover Ms. Ruiz’s classes.
The Rock School’s Directors Bo and Stephanie Spassoff and everyone here at The Rock look forward to having her back soon and wish Mariaelena the best health!
Check out this Beautiful video of Rock School alumna Christine Shevchenko. Christine won the Gold Medal at Moscow IBC and the Bronze at USAIBC while dancing with The Rock School. She was also the youngest recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2003. She has danced with American Ballet Theatre since 2006.