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Dean Vollick

Theater Dance Faculty

Dean Vollick discovered ballet as a first year student in the drama department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The following year he transferred to The George Brown College/Lois Smith School of Dance in Toronto and studied with many prominent Canadian teachers including Lois Smith, Glen Gilmour, Luc Amyot, and Mavis Staines, the Artistic Director of Canada’s National Ballet School. He also enjoyed studying for three summers at The Banff School of Fine Arts where Laura Alonso was his mentor and he met David Earle, one of the founders of Toronto Dance Theatre.  His career as a dancer spanned nearly two decades and included work with Ontario Ballet Theatre, Ballet Omaha, Ballet Florida, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Dance Theatre David Earle. While dancing with these companies and performing as a freelance dancer in Toronto and NYC, Dean danced in many kinds of venues across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

A desire to teach well led him back to the National Ballet School in Toronto, where he completed the two-year Teacher Training Course for professional dancers and graduated valedictorian of his class in June of 2001. That summer he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Ballet and continues to be an instructor in their annual Summer School of Excellence, held at SUNY College in Purchase New York. He spent four years as a full time teacher at Boston Ballet and was Principal of Boston Ballet’s ground breaking Citydance outreach program for three of those years. Currently Dean is working as a freelance teacher and choreographer in the Boston Area and is an adjunct professor at The Boston Conservatory. He is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 Gryrotonic® instructor, and enjoys working with dancers and non-dancers alike. 

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