About Études de Ballet, a Naples, Florida dance studio
Études de Ballet’s

Dance Studio History

Études de Ballet (ÉdB) was founded in 2000 by the talented Sybil Burt. Today ÉdB is directed by Ruth Hoagboon, who is honored to continue Sybil’s legacy of outstanding dance instruction.

Top quality ballet instruction has always been at the heart of ÉdB and it is this that enables students to excel and achieve versatility in all forms of dance such as tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop and acrobatics.

Get To Know Us


ÉdB is proud to boast teachers with international credentials and certifications from the Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and Acrobatic Arts. You can rest assured, whether you are a once class a week dancer or on our unlimited dance class program, your instructor is a highly trained professional just bursting to share their passion and expertise with you.

Ruth S. Hoagboon
Director | LRAD, RAD, RTS
Ruth trained at the Elwyn School of Dance in England for twelve years in RAD ballet, tap and modern dance. After that time, she was one of only twelve students worldwide to be offered a place to study The Art and Teaching of Ballet at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. She also studied Child Psychology, Anatomy as related to the dancer, Laban Notation, Dance History and Music. She graduated as Licentiate and Advanced 2 Executant of the Royal Academy of Dance and with teaching qualifications in Modern, Disco and National Dance from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Ruth has taught dance for over 25 years in England, Germany and across the USA while stationed at US Air Force bases with her husband and family.

Recipient of the Phillip Nind Award for modern dance and the award for excellence in the Karsarvina Syllabus, Ruth has been an instructor, choreographer, artistic director and associate director, while successfully entering students for examinations. She has staged many productions including Cinderella, Coppélia and The Nutcracker as well as choreographing for and directing dozens of Recitals. Versed in all forms of dance, Ruth is a sought-after teacher and speaker, and has lectured at universities on the subject of teaching children with difficult physiques and how to break down and teach steps to students of all ages and levels. Miss Ruth is a full time instructor in all levels of ballet here at Études de Ballet and a CBTS tutor for the RAD, training teachers who wish to become registered RAD instructors.

Simone F. Hoagboon
Dance Team Director | ARAD
Simone has grown up immersed in the world of dance. She is following in her mother’s footsteps by training as an RAD certified dance teacher and international RAD examiner. A teaching assistant for more than four years, Simone teaches Dance Discovery ballet classes and acro. She has passed ballet examinations with the RAD and ISTD with the high marks of Merit and Distinction, and is currently working towards the RAD Advanced 1 ballet exam. She is also trained in tap, jazz and modern dance and was a competing gymnast with the USA TOPs program. Simone has performed in numerous productions including solo roles in The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Rite of Spring celebration with the Joffrey Ballet.

Simone is a recent Barron Collier High School graduate. She has been taught and inspired by many teachers worldwide including Julian Adair, Sybil Burt, Lynne Nevin, Maya Taylor, Patti Zukaitis and Ruth Hoagboon. A budding choreographer, Simone’s choreography has been performed on stage and in an international ballet competition.

Helen Sedmak, ARAD
Instructor | ARAD
Helen has been part of the Études de Ballet & Co. family for many years and we are delighted to welcome her back for another season! She grew up in England where she trained with the RAD system from Primary through Advanced Exams. At the age of 16, Helen joined Northern Ballet School (NBS) where she trained under RAD examiner Patricia McDonald. While there, she attained her ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) teaching certificate in ballet after passing levels Elementary – Advanced.

Helen was on the classical course and danced in productions of Giselle, La Bayadere and The Fairytale Nutcracker. While at NBS she also trained in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and National Dance. Helen danced with the Manchester City Ballet at the opening of the Dancehouse Theatre in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret and also at Manchester Airport for Air 2000 in the presence of HRH Prince Philip.

After graduating from NBS she went on the dance all around the world on cruise ships in Vegas style shows, which is where she met her husband. Helen instructs Adults and our Advanced Level Ballet students at Études de Ballet & Co.

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