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.
OUR TEAM MEMBERS
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.
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 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 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.