Today’s Featured Guest is Ms. Eileen Juric! 

Ms. Eileen Juric, a former soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, trained on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (school of the New York City Ballet). After her performing career, she returned to Joffrey Ballet School to pursue a teaching career and train, assist, and substitute teach in the children’s program. Miss Eileen was a faculty member of the Princeton Ballet School (official school of the American Repertory Ballet), and she toured the country on the convention and competition circuit. For fifteen years, she owned and operated her own studio, Basically Ballet, in New Jersey. Her students from this school have received scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School; attended the North Carolina School of the Arts; ranked among the top four finalists on an Emmy-nominated dance reality TV show; trained at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles; served on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School; and started their own companies.

Ms. Eileen also had the great honor of studying with prominent New York teachers David Howard, Robert Joffrey, Finis Jhung, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, and Lawrence Rhodes. While dancing with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, she performed Balanchine repertoire under the direction of former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Maria Tallchief. Miss Eileen’s performance partners included such notable dancers as Jacques d’Amboise, former New York City Ballet principal, Academy and Emmy Award winner, and founder of the National Dance Institute; and Ronald Perry, formerly of American Ballet Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her other partners included a Tony Award–winning Broadway and screen actor and a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet Company. For the past several years, Miss Eileen has been teaching in North Carolina, and she is enjoying her new-found home.

Ms. Eileen is also the founder of BalletBarreNone. Read more about BalletBarreNone here.

Ms. Eileen took the time to answer the following questions:

Full Given Name: Eileen Juric

Where You Grew Up: New York, New York

Favorite TV Show: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Great Read: The Alchemist

Currently on Your iPod: Nothing yet, but I am working on it!

Dance Inspirations: Rudolph Nureyev and Fred Astaire

Memorable Dance/ Career Moment: Performing “Choleric” in Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments” with Jacques d’Amboise, Ronald Perry, Hinton Battle, and Daniel Baudendistel.

Advice to Studio Owners: When teaching technique, less is more!