Our Mission

Through a sound curriculum & nurturing environment, the young child is carried through a thorough study of classical ballet from Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet to Ballet & Pre-professional levels. The training incorporates a methodical syllabus with English and Russian influence. Varieties of dance forms are offered to enhance versatility and develop the total dancer. The curriculum includes Ballet technique, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Modern and Pilates classes. The Eugene Ballet Academy also offers classes in Tap and Musical Theatre.

The Eugene Ballet Academy

The Eugene Ballet Academy, was founded in 1959 by Doreen Gilday, a native of Canada, and her husband Fred Ditzhazy. They formed a student performing group, Ballet Classique, that became Oregon Ballet Classique, Inc, a non-profit regional ballet company, in 1965.

Riley Grannan, an original member of the Oregon Ballet Classique, later danced professionally in Europe and in New York. He returned to Eugene several years later with Toni Pimble and in 1978, they became owners of the school renamed, The Eugene School of Ballet.

Born in England, Toni attended the prestigious Elmhurst School of Ballet, studied the syllabus of the Royal of Academy of Dancing and later became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.) For the next 10 years, Toni and Riley devoted themselves to the school and founded Eugene Ballet Company.

Sara Lombardi, a native Oregonian, moved to Eugene in 1978 to pursue a degree in Dance & Movement Education at the University of Oregon. In 1984, after finishing her Master's in Sports Medicine through the College of Human Development and Performance, she continued her dance studies under the direction of Toni Pimble and Riley Grannan. In 1985, she became a member of Eugene Ballet Company and in 1989, she was hired as the Administrative Director of the School. In 1994 Ms. Lombardi purchased the Eugene School of Ballet. This transfer of ownership allowed Toni and Riley to devote their full efforts to the Company.

The Eugene Ballet Company recently built a series of studios in their Midtown Arts Center and Eugene School of Ballet became the official Academy of Eugene Ballet Company who now owns the school. Sara Lombardi is the director of the renamed Eugene Ballet Academy.

Photography on this Site Courtesy of Jon Christopher Meyers, Ari Denison, Cliff Coles, and Kent Peterson.

Eugene Ballet Company | 1590 Willamette Street, Eugene OR, 97401 | (541) 485-ddddd