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

For the last three years (2015-2018) 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.