Eileen Juric (Guest Instructor)
Eileen Juric danced as a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, she performed Balanchine repertoire with such notable dancers as Jacques d’Amboise, Ronald Perry, Hinton Battle, and Daniel Baudendistel.
Eileen trained on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (school of the New York City Ballet). She had the great honor of studying with prominent New York teachers Finis Jhung, David Howard, Robert Joffrey, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, and Lawrence Rhodes.
After her performing career, Miss Eileen returned to the Joffrey Ballet School to pursue a teaching career in the children’s program. She later served as a faculty member of the Princeton Ballet School (official school of the American Repertory Ballet). For fifteen years, she owned and operated her own studio, Basically Ballet, in New Jersey. Her students have progressed to incredibly successful dance careers on the stage, on the screen, and in the classroom.
Seeing a need for a fresh approach to ballet in mainstream studios, Miss Eileen developed the innovative teaching program BalletBarreNone. Her 3-DVD series entitled “The Children’s Hour of Power” takes students away from the barre and presents a progressively layered approach to harnessing the essence of ballet movement in three levels designed for ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-9. The series has sold in over 17 countries worldwide.
Since the program’s debut, Miss Eileen’s work has been featured in multiple national dance publications, and she has been invited to teach dance instructors at multiple high-level venues. Miss Eileen is returning this summer as a faculty member at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC as well as the Florence Summer Dance Intensive in Italy. She has recently been asked to present it at Carolina Dance Masters in the fall and at Rhee Gold’s 2015 DanceLife Teacher Conference and is extremely excited and honored to be on the faculty of Stage Door Dance.