Jaclyn Levine, Ballet Instructor
Jaclyn has extensive training in ballet, studying at Repertory Dance Theatre, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet in D.C., and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, in CT. Jaclyn spent several years dancing with Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania. As a student, Jaclyn was one of six students selected to study with Vadim Pisarev and Inna Dorofeeva with the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine.
Jaclyn has performed in a host of classical ballets including, “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella”, “Coppelia”, “Sleeping Beauty”,”Dracula”, “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, along with excerpts, and variations from “Swan Lake”, and “La Bayadere”. She also has performed in various other works of classical and contemporary choreographers. Jaclyn’s teaching experience includes, Budzynski Studios of Ballet, under the direction of Marilyn Budzynski in Pennsylvania, Scottsdale School of Ballet, under the direction of Donald and Sibylle Dadey in Scottsdale Arizona and Master Ballet Academy, under the direction of Slawomir and Irena Wozniak in Scottsdale Arizona. Jaclyn has been working with the Ice Den’s figure skaters since 2010. Jaclyn is thrilled to share her passion for ballet with all of her students. She hopes that the figure skaters will develop an appreciation for the art of ballet, while further developing the artistic presentation, form, and quality of their skating.
“Ballet for Figure Skaters” started with one 7-year old competitive figure skater in 2010. A Mom and her Daughter came to a local Ballet School in Scottsdale, AZ, where I was teaching a ballet class for 6-7 year olds. The Mom of the Figure Skater told me that she was sent to the studio by their coach because her Daughter was in need of ballet. I was instantly intrigued, because I had been a fan of figure skating for as long as I could remember. After a few weeks of classes with this young figure skater, we did a few private lessons where we looked at her skating programs specifically. It didn’t take long before her coach noticed a difference. Then…Word Spread!!! It wasn’t long before I had a skater or two from another coach. A month or so later, I received a phone call from the head of the Figure Skating Department at the Scottsdale Ice Den asking if I would be interested in becoming the “Resident Ballet Coach”? I was thrilled, and of course said yes! That was the start of the “Ballet for Figure Skaters” Program.
Ballet is what I do, and it is a part of who I am and I am passionate about my art. I never consider what I do a “job.” There’s nothing that I love more than to share my knowledge, and experience of ballet with my skaters. Sometimes the smallest things can be so rewarding. Every day that I work with my figure skater students I feel so fortunate to have this truly unique opportunity. It is an exciting “niche” within my own realm. My goal is to “Find the Artist within the Athlete.”
It is my dream to see these Figure Skaters look like Dancers on the ice. We have an amazing, supportive team of coaches here at the Ice Den; the professionalism, demand, and opportunities offered are incredible. The Figure Skaters have everything at their fingertips to succeed in their sport. The coaches have been a huge help in supporting ballet for their skaters. I hope to inspire my students, so that they develop a passion and respect for the art of ballet, as well as improving the overall quality of their skating.
Julia Hallman, Dance Instructor
Julia started dancing when she was 10 years old in Charleston, SC. In 2010 she moved to Arizona and started training at Master Ballet Academy, where her passion and love for dance took off. The years spent at Master Ballet Academy came with countless opportunities to perform, compete, and travel the world. Julia competed at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) World Ballet Competition ( WBC) , and Beijing international Ballet Competition. While at Master Ballet Academy Julia had the opportunity to gues perform in Florida, New York, and China. Julia’s main focus has always been in ballet but she has experience in other dance genres such as contemporary, modern, jazz, and character. Julia is passionate about teaching and wants to pass on her love of dance to the next generation.