OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Judith Svalander began her professional training with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn in Chicago, continuing in New York at American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet Schools. Her professional experience in dance began at age 15 in Chicago with Stone-Camryn Ballet, Ruth Page’s Lyric Opera Ballet, and a weekly television series on WGN-TV.
Mrs. Svalander spent more than seven years in Northern Europe dancing in Denmark and Sweden and touring Northern Europe. She trained with Alexander Danilova and Edit Frandsden and with teachers from the Royal Danish Ballet. She was a soloist with the Swedish National Touring Theatre as well as the Swedish Ballet of Gothenburg. A highlight of her career was in Belgium at the Royal Theater filming a dance program that aired internationally under the direction of Maurice Bejart.
In 1972, Mrs. Svalander returned to this area to start her own dance school, and in 1979 she formed the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre. Mrs. Svalander is a multi-year recipient of the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award. Her school was, for the third year, recognized as one of Chicagoland’s finest schools by Dance Chicago. With over 40 JSSB alumni with professional dance careers, Mrs. Svalander continues her devotion to training dancers toward realizing their dreams wherever they may lead them.