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Just Turns

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Ikolo Griffin

Professional Pirouette Coach

Ikolo was introduced to ballet in 1983 through San Francisco Ballet School's Dance in Schools Program, and after ten years of training was the first outreach student to join the San Francisco Ballet company. Ikolo won the Princess Grace Award for Dance in 1993, and went on to dance professionally for over 20 years as a Principal Dancer with, Dance Theatre of Harlem in NYC, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Smuin Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and The San Francisco Opera . He now brings his passion, classical training and world class experience to students in a fun and energetic way. 

Teaching Experience

 Ikolo has been teaching full time in Los Angeles, SF Bay Area, Central California and Portland. Teaching Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s Technique, Pas de deux, and Adult ballet. Attended the World Class teachers training program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in Central Pennsylvania in 2014.

Just Turns Workshop

In 2011, Ikolo created Just Turns based on classical ballet, but is geared toward students of all ages and dance backgrounds. Over 150 successful workshops have been taught throughout the US and Japan..


The list of Schools include: Westside School of Ballet, Santa Monica, Shirley Winters Dance, Fresno CA, Dance Theater of Harlem, NYC, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm beach, The Portland ballet, Portland OR, Colorado Youth Ballet, Colorado Springs, CO, Forever Dance South Lake Tahoe, Classical Ballet Frias Kagoshima, Japan. 



Performance Biography


San Francisco Ballet

Artistic Director: Helgi Tomasson

Corps de Ballet  1993 - 2001

Val Caniparoli                      Lambarena (World Premier)


                                              Street Songs

                                              Death of a Moth

George Balanchine             Prodigal Sun 



                                              Stravinsky Violin Concerto

                                              Symphony in C 

                                              Symphony in 3


                                              Western symphony

                                              Stars and Stripes - Captan 

Yuri Possokhov                   Magrittomania  

James Kudelka                  Terra Ferma

Stanton Welch                   Taiko 

Lar Lubovitch                     Othello 

Lila York                              Celts 

                                             El Grito

Christopher Wheeldon       Sea Pictures

Mark Morris                        Sandpaper Ballet


                                              Drink to me only in thine eyes                                                                                                                     

Paul Taylor                          Sunset

Agnes De Mille                    Rodeo   

Lew Christensen                 Con Amore     


Helgi Tomasson                 Romeo and Juliet



                                            Sleeping Beauty

                                            Swan Lake

                                            Handel - A  Celebration 

                                            The Tuning Game 

                                            Criss Cross

Jerome Robbins                 Who Cares 

                                            Glass pieces

Donald McKayle                Gumbo Ya-Ya

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Artistic Director: Arthur Mitchell

Soloist and Principal   2001 - 2004

Jerome Robbins                 Fancy Free - Romantic Sailor

Arthur Mitchell                    The South African Suite 

                                              Ribbon in the Sky 


Robert Garland                   New Bach - World Premiere

Laven Naidu                        Viraa 

Gus Van Herdeen               Blood wedding

George Balanchine            Taratentlla


                                             The Four Temperaments  

                                             Sanguinic pas de deux

                                             Prodigal Son - Principal 

                                             Agon - 1st & 2nd pas de trois

                                             Stars and Stripes - Captain

Michael Smuin                    St. Louis Woman - Augie / The Jockey -World Premiere

Joffrey Ballet

Artistic Director: Gerald Arpino

Co-Directors: Adam Sklute and

Cameron Basden

Principal 2004- 2006

Rudolf Nureyev                     Laurencia Pas d’Action 

Arpino                                     The Nutcracker - Cavalier

                                                Viva Vivaldi

Antony Tudor                         Dark Elegies 

Twyla Tharp                           Deuce Coupe 

Sir Frederick Ashton             The Dream - Oberon - coached by Sir Anthony Dowell

Laura Dean                            Billboards

Donald Byrd                           Motown Suite 

Nijinsky                                    Le Sacre du Printemps

Jerome Robbins                    Opus jazz

John Cranko                           Romeo and Juliet - Benvolio  

Smuin Ballet

Founder & Artistic Director: Michael Smuin

Principal 2006 - 2008

Michael Smuin                      Obrigado Brazil (World Premier) 

                                               The Tempest

                                               Christmas Ballet


                                               Fly Me to the Moon



                                              Carmina Burana 

                                              Schubert  Scherzo (Smuin’s Last work)

                                              Stabat Mater 

Amy Seiwert                        Falling Up 

                                              Revealing the Bridge

Kirk Peterson                       Reinin’ in the Hurricane 

San Francisco Opera Ballet

Ballet Master: Lawrence Pech

Corps de ballet  2009 -2015

Il Trovatore 


Cyrano de Bergerac - featuring Placido Domingo

Moby dick

La Traviata 

Nixon in China


Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)

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