Svea Eklof

Mentor

Svea Eklof is the Principal Coach of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for all Classical and Neo-classical works. She teaches at the George Brown School of Dance in Toronto with a focus on the Mentorship Program.

Miss Eklof retired as the Principal Dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where she won critical acclaim for her stunning performance as Odette-Odile in the RWB production of Swan Lake. In 1982, the renowned Dance Magazine named Miss Eklof as “one of the leading ballerinas of our time.”

Born in Los Angeles, Miss Eklof’s formative dance training was at the North Carolina School of the Arts. During her career, she studied with Laura Alonzo, Galina Yardanova, Madame Alexandra Danilova, Pauline Koner and the late George Balanchine, who personally coached her Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Allegro Brillante And Tarantella Pas De Deux.

During her prestigious international ballet career, Miss Eklof has been a member of several prominent dance companies throughout Europe and North America. Miss Eklof has been an evaluator for the Canada Council for the Arts and served as a judge for the Dora Mavor Moore awards and the Manitoba Dance Festival in Winnipeg.

Miss Eklof has been a guest teacher at the National Ballet School of Canada, the North Carolina School of the Arts, West Virginia Dance Festival, Furman University Summer Dance Program in South Carolina, the George Randolph School of Dance, and Northwest Ballet Florida.

Academic Credentials

Principal Dancer, Royal Winnipeg BalletNorth Carolina School of the Arts

Areas Of Specialization

  • Principal Coaching
  • Mentorship Leader
  • Ballet
  • Private Coaching
  • Rehearsal Master

Areas Of Expertise

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Repertoire
  • Teaching

Career Highlights

George Balanchine’s Ballet du Grande Theatre in Geneva, Switzerland – Principal DancerNorth Carolina Dance Theatre – Principal BallerinaAlberta Ballet Company – Principal BallerinaThe Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company – Principal Ballerina, principal roles in Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, and Cinderella.Ballet Classico de MexicoNetherlands Dance Theatre