Sven's ballet class is so enjoyable. As one of the few ballet
teachers in Los Angeles who also performs, he understands,
first hand, what the body needs to get strong, stay limber and
remain healthy. He's really funny, too. I can't imagine life
Sven teaches an intelligently sequenced, physically demanding
ballet class that is both enjoyable and instructive. After sampling
many of the classes in Los Angeles, I can recommend him most
Sven is one of the best ballet instructors for adults in Los Angeles.
His well-structured classes feel good on the body and have a warm,
welcoming and fun atmosphere which make them excellent for
dancers of all levels. He has a great eye for improving technique
and has really helped my dancing grow to the next level.
I really enjoyed taking Sven's class. As someone with no
background in dance, I found the environment to be very
welcoming and comfortable. The classes are physically
challenging but extremely rewarding.
Sven's ballet class is a wonderful blend of classical and lyrical
flavors. The barre is not a maze of combinations leaving your
mind overheated with frustration. His clean, thorough warm up
completely prepares me for his moving, flowing center. What
makes his class a pleasure is his great disposition and love of
what he does. As his student I not only get to dance, I get to
enjoy the energy he inspires within all of us, making laughter
as much a part of class as are jumps and turns.
Sven is a gifted teacher and beautiful dancer himself. After a 20 year absence from ballet, I was completely intimidated and afraid to show up for that first class. But already, I've far exceeded my
own expectations after less than a year in Sven's classes. Sven
sees potential in every student, regardless of level, and he has
the patience, kindness, persistence and enthusiasm to bring each
dancer's individual idea of success into being. It's all the good
stuff about ballet and none of the stress, and classes are so
I have been taking Sven's class for almost ten years and every
time I learn something new. He is an amazing teacher--funny,
smart and always entertaining and he takes the time to give
thoughtful corrections so each student can reach their fullest
potential. It is also a great workout, both for building strength
as well as cardiovascular stamina.
Sven is a talented teacher who enables his students to improve
by giving just the right corrections. He gets to know his students
and can instantly spot when one is falling back into bad habits.
The convivial atmosphere of his class always starts my day off
A blending of lessons of technical proficiency with the joy of
movement, Sven's classes allow students from differing dance
backgrounds and levels the ability to take from the class various
lessons. His barre work is complete in that one exercise builds
onto the next so that by the end (of barre-work), the body is
warmed and ready for center-room work. And unlike other ballet
classes I have attended, Sven's choreography allows students the
freedom to actually dance, and not just repeat exercises done at
the barre but done in the center. Also..... the people in class are
not divas! They are a great mix of different levels and ages, and
they are a welcoming group. A great class.
I've been taking Sven's classes at Westside Academy for ten
years. His classes are challenging but great fun, too!
Join us; you'll have a good time.
Sven is an amazing and caring teacher! His class is motivational,
challenging, and really makes the day better in general because
of his wonderful energy.
Sven's classes are amazing! The barre is thorough and warms you
up well. The combinations in the center are beautiful,fun and flow in
away that feels great to the body. He gives fantastic and useful
corrections to adults,which is a rarity in the adult ballet world. Most
importantly Sven is funny and charming and taking his class is
always a positive experience.
Sven's class is so fun! Especially center combinations which are fun
and challenging at the same time--great for both mind and
body. His whole class from barre exercises to the last combination
of center exercises is uplifting, I leave his class in a good mood, ready
to enjoy the rest of the day and can't wait till his next class.
Sven's beginning class is awesome. He is patient and
personally identifies each students strengths and areas of
improvement. He takes the time during each class to teach the
fundamental language, along with the accurate positions and form
needed to master the complexity of ballet. His humor allows for a
friendly and welcoming class for each student to feel supported to
make mistakes and continue to grow as a dancer.
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Sven's technique and partnering classes are both technical and inspiring, and I have learned so much from working with him over the years. As a coach he has made me a better dancer and a better performer. He's a lovely person, and a gifted teacher.
Choreographer/aerialist, Animal Mechanical
As a former professional dancer, I was so grateful to find
Sven's class. His barre is grounded in solid technique, but his
center is danceable and challenging. It has become my go-to
class to keep me in shape without stressing my old injuries!
Atlanta Ballet, Los Angeles Classical Ballet
Adding Sven's ballet class to my training schedule has had been
an awesome addition. His class is soothing and challenging at
the same time. His instruction for beginners is clear and paced
for maximum absorption. I recommend his class to all my students.
Leigh Ann Reilly
Owner and head coach BeSpun
Taking class with Sven is a great balance of working your
technique while moving with your own personal expression.
His jovial personality keeps it fun and I always leave glad
that I came.
DENISE WOODS YOGA & DANCE
Having danced with Sven Toorvald throughout our pre-professional
and professional careers, it's always a pleasure to take his classes
now that I am retired. Sven not only teaches a pure, classical ballet
class, but he keeps the spirit of the class lighthearted so you can
enjoy dancing while refining and maintaining classical technique.
Because Sven still performs, he is keenly aware of a dancer's needs.
Whether you are trying ballet for the first time or have been dancing
for years, you'll find Sven's instruction is straight-forward and thorough,
and his personal style is warm, patient, kind and generous."
Former Soloist, Ballet Mistress, Houston Ballet
Sven is one of the best teachers in Los Angeles. Being a teacher
myself for 17 yrs and a loyal student for more than 12. I know
Sven is a teacher with all the qualities you're looking for.
Challenging, creative, inspirational. His impeccable technique
mixed with a great sense of humor makes it a perfectly balanced
class. You will always leave satisfied.
Director, Pacific Academy of Dance
Sven has designed a ballet class that moves at the perfect pace.
His barre is well crafted with lots of tondues for getting the body
warm, his center is full of traveling waltzes, and he pushes his
students with lots of repetitions. I always leave Sven's class
feeling accomplished and energized.
When I took my first ballet class with Sven, I knew I wanted him
to help me with my upcoming college auditions. He is so great,
funny, and really knows how to push a student past their limits.
With his advice and instruction, I am a changed dancer and person
in a good way. I would not be as prepared and comfortable with my
auditions and classes in general without him. I highly recommend
him to anyone aspiring to be a strong dancer!
Sven's ballet classes provide the perfect balance of challenge,
technique, and exercise. Even at a more advanced level, I know
that I am able to gain strength most from Sven's classes. His
classes offer the greatest variety of movement through strong
technical exercises, repetition (where I am able to develop more
stamina), and also through dance-ier & more fun combinations.
I'm often amazed at how much Sven is able to fit into every class.
As a result, I always feel I've completed so much in an hour and
a half, and end up feeling rejuvenated. Also accompanying his
lessons is his wonderful positive attitude, which counters the
hyper-critical ballet world. It is a pleasure attending Sven's classes,
and it is something to which I always look forward.
Sven's classes are challenging and thorough, and he encourages
us to move musically and cover the space. He teaches with
humor, and coaxes the dancers to push through plateaus.
I've been taking Sven's class for years at both California Dance
Theatre in Agoura Hills and Westside Ballet in Santa Monica. It
is both challenging and great fun. Sven has a wonderful sense
of humor which makes me get through his tough workout!
I have known Sven since he was a kid on scholarship at the Stanley
Holden Dance Center. Sven grew up to be an amazing dancer and
is also a wonderful teacher. Sven's class reminds me of the beloved
Mr. Holden's class. Stanley was in The Royal Ballet, and was original
cast in Ashton ballets and others. Sven is carrying on the tradition by
teaching classes, in his own way, that Stanley would have appreciated.
I started attending Sven's Adult Beginning Ballet class after not
going to a ballet class for almost 25 years. It is really fun and
it's become a highlight of my week. It provides an excellent
workout, and is great for strength, flexibility and balance.
Sven is a wonderful instructor and is always very clear and helpful,
and funny as well! There is enough routine in the classes that you
can learn and remember combinations, yet enough variety that
you feel challenged both physically and mentally. I love it!
I've taken ballet from Sven for over ten years. He provides a safe
and supportive space for students of all levels -- from beginners to
professionals -- to grow as dancers and to feel the joy of creative
self-expression. His teaching style combines humor and kindness
with high expectations and excellent class management. My
confidence has increased and my technique has improved due to
his instruction. His classes are a joy to attend.