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International School of Ballet


learn the language of classical ballet

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International School of Ballet


learn the language of classical ballet

Our Mission


"The International School of Ballet is dedicated to the growth and development of classical ballet as an integral part of our culture. The International School of Ballet is actively involved in bringing the beauty and discipline of classical ballet to the community of Alberta. The International School of Ballet is deeply committed to a high caliber of training to maintain the respected tradition of classical ballet as a valuable art for everyone. At the International School of Ballet, technique, correct physical development, and personal discipline are balanced with pure aesthetic vision, emphasizing the joy, beauty and tradition of classical ballet. This is the focus of the International School of Ballet. 

We are proud to share our vision with the community."

- Umran Sumen


 

The International School of Ballet (ISB) offers a unique and authentic education in classical ballet. With an enhanced Royal Academy of Dance curriculum for all levels, ISB is a supportive community of passionate students and teachers with a deep commitment to technique and performance. Whether you’re searching for a fun learning environment, pre-professional or professional training, ISB strives to make your ballet aspirations work with your life. Please click below to see the full list of ISB classes.

 
 

ISB was founded by Umran Sumen in 1988 and has since seen students accepted by professional dance companies around the world. Along with a team of accomplished staff, Mrs. Sumen has created a ballet school that is sophisticated and competitive on the global stage.

 
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Artistic Faculty


Artistic Faculty


Umran Sumen
Artistic Director

Umran graduated in 1966 from the State Conservatory in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Ankara, Turkey, after nine years of study.  Subsequently, she received her Master’s degree from Hecettepe University in Ankara.  For the next sixteen years she danced with The National Ballet Company of Turkey as a leading soloist.

At the invitation of Dame Ninette de Valois, she studied at the Royal Ballet School of London and was later sent by the Turkish National Ballet to study choreography and teaching with the Ballet der Wiener Staatsoper Austria, for one year.

Umran worked with world famous choreographers and teachers, among them Anton Dolin, Dame Ninette de Valois, Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Beatrice Appleyard, Todd Bolender, John Gilpin, Alfred Rodrigues, Richard Glasstone, Sulamif Messerer, Valery Panov and Yuri Grigorovich.  Her repertoire includes thirty classical and modern productions.

In 1986, she was appointed Artistic Director of the Calgary City Ballet.  In 1993, Umran was awarded the commemorative medal for the 125th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.  This medal was given to Umran for her outstanding contribution to the arts and culture of Canada through her work as a dancer and teacher.

In 2004, she was given the Immigrants of Distinction Award.  Umran was the recipient of the 2008 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the Arts.  She was recognized for her outstanding achievement, significant contributions and for improving the quality of life in Calgary.

She is a member of the Turkish National Ballet Company (TNBC), the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA).

 

GUEST TEACHERS

  • Hayna Gutierrez - Principal Dancer with Alberta Ballet

  • Jennifer Fournier - Former Principal Dancer with National Ballet of Canada

  • Keiichi Hirano - Former First Soloist with National Ballet of Canada

  • Mercedes Vergara - Ballet Mistress with National Ballet of Cuba