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, PowerDance Technique, formerly 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 23 countries worldwide.
Since the program’s debut, Miss Eileen’s work has been featured in multiple national dance publications. She has filmed a livestream class for CLI Studios and has been invited to teach dance instructors at multiple high-level venues. For four years, Miss Eileen was a faculty member at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC as well as the Florence Summer Dance Intensive in Italy for the past five. She has also presented it at Carolina Dance Masters and both Rhee Gold’s 2015 DanceLife Teacher Conference and the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo.
PowerDance Technique, formerly BalletBarreNone, is the fast-track technique solution for today’s dance studio. With movement initiation at its core, this dynamic program offers simple but challenging exercises with immediate results for all ages, levels, body types, and genres.
It begins with the 3-DVD series, “The Children’s Hour of Power,” (for ages 3 – 9), which has sold in 23 countries throughout the world and was recommended and hailed by Dance Teacher magazine as “unique and inspirational.” Fun, interactive, and based on the Joffrey Ballet School’s pre-ballet curriculum developed by the great Dorothy Lister, it assists teachers to help their young dancers in “Getting It Right from the Start!”
The most recent, “Elements Series,” (for ages 9 and up) sponsored by Revolution Dancewear, offers a new generation of studio, teacher, and dancer, exercises that instantly reveal, through direct struggle and experience, the mechanisms of all movement. Virtually impossible to fake, the students understand the “how” of what they are doing and begin to move organically from the “inside out.” With quick results and newfound awareness, they now have the power and the willingness to do the work necessary to become versatile and well-rounded dancers.
- Traditional Ballet Teachers:
- Students who won top honors from NYCDA, Jump, and Nuvo:
- Dance Teacher Summit Class: