At Skorzewski School of Ballet my desire is for students to discover the joy and pride that comes with studying dance as a true art form . I believe that professional training should be conducted by instructors who have studied teaching methodology and Pedagogy. Pedagogy is defined as the “science of how to teach”. As the artistic director of SSB I have completed extensive training in the Russian “Vaganova
(va-GAH-no-va) Method”, and have witnessed the authentic results it brings when followed correctly. This is not something that can be learned out of a book or passed down by merely taking many years of ballet classes. It requires an in-depth break down of the physiology behind the method by experts who have studied directly from Russian teachers, and/or the Russian school itself. My pedagogy training has been conducted through Mr. John White of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society; Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio of Willis Conservatory of Ballet, and many years of attendance with the Ballet Intensive of Moscow under various artists of the Kirov and Bolshoi schools.
ABOUT THE OWNER/DIRECTOR: LESLIE SKORZEWSKI
Mrs. Leslie Skorzewski has been teaching for over 20 years and has focused her attention on studies in the Russian Method. After graduating from college with a degree in Theatre Arts-Dance Leslie went on to pursue teaching method as founded in the Russian school. Mrs. Skorzewski has studied Russian method pedagogy with master teacher Mr. John White and is certified through his Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society. Additionally, she has had opportunity over several years to learn from teachers of the Vaganova Ballet Academy and Bolshoi ballet Schools outside of Chicago through the Ballet Intensive of Moscow seminars. Leslie was accepted as a private student of Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, during the summer of 2008 where she had received one-on-one instruction from this notable instructor of classical dance.
Leslie’s students have had performing opportunities with the Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya, on numerous occasions, and have performed as apprentices with the former National American Ballet Company (Minnesota).
Students’ have been accepted into university dance programs across the US including those in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Mississippi. Many have also been accepted to study during the summer with professional schools; (some) have received scholarships and invitation to attend full year programs, these include: Kirov Academy(Washington,DC), Bossov Ballet Theatre (Maine), Ballet Intensive from Moscow (Illinois), Joffrey (Chicago and New York), ABT (American Ballet Theatre School), BalletMet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Milwaukee Ballet School. Mrs. Skorzewski’s dedication to classical ballet training and her desire to instill passion for the art form is of utmost importance to her.
The Skorzewski School of Ballet offers Russian Method Training for the serious student ages 4-adult. Lessons will include training in classical ballet technique, Pointe, and floor barre.
Skorzewski School of Ballet focuses on true classical ballet training using the Russian Method. Every level follows syllabus guidelines that produces technically proficient dancers. All students ages 8 and up must conduct an interview and audition prior to enrollment.
Skorzewski School of Ballet