Welcome to Just Turns
BRINGING TOGETHER THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TURNS
Most ballet students and professionals agree that turns can be one of the most universally challenging aspects of ballet technique. In the standard ballet technique class, only a limited amount of time can be dedicated to working on pirouettes, and each student doesn’t always get the individual attention needed to improve their turns.
Just Turns is here to help
Just Turns supports all the turn techniques and work in sync with all dance curriculum. Just Turns is the way for dancers to improve their turns outside of the normal class environment.
To help each dancer find a constant turning technique that works for them in their body and feel confident and controlled. I am continually amazed by students’ moments of discovery and confident smiles in my workshops, and I strive to keep spreading the joy of well-executed turns.
Just Turns Services
Ikolo Griffin is an internationally recognized Master of Ballet committed to sharing his rich expertise through coaching and community outreach. Griffin began his ballet training at age 10 with the San Francisco Ballet School. At 18, he became the first student of San Francisco Ballet’s Dance in Schools program to join the Company. He danced with the Company for seven years, earning the Princess Grace Award for dance, before going on to dance with the Joffrey Ballet as a soloist, the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a principal, and Smuin Ballet as a principal. He has been around the world, performing, directing, choreographing, and teaching dance. Griffin, who currently resides in San Francisco, now focuses most of his time on providing individual instruction, coaching dancers of all ages, and conducting Just Turns workshops internationally, and around the country.
Ikolo’s Grand Pirouettes
Wow can’t even put into words how helpful working with Professional Pirouette Coach, Ikolo Griffin was! His 4 rules to turns, and tips and tricks are forever going to be tucked away in my vault of pirouette knowledge! I was one of those “oh gosh here comes a turn” people, but now I can say I go in so much more confident, and eager to continue to improve! Thank you!
” Just Turns workshop is a spectacular workshop for the driven student. Ikolo has a passionate, and fresh approach to teach students the fine details of turns , while always being supportive, and motivating to all students. (more…)
Ikolo Griffin has a wealth of knowledge that is rooted in solid technique and unbelievable creativity. What sets him apart is a passion for dance which is expressed through his enthusiasm and a deep appreciation for personal expression within it. (more…)
I’m a co-owner of a dance school in San Francisco, CA. I took many of my students to take Just Turns Workshop and I witnessed how this workshop helps EVERYONE in EVERY LEVEL to improve their turns. (more…)
Just Turns Facts
Just Turns Around the world
Just Turns has been taught nationally and internationally for the past five years, and has been received positively by dancers and instructors everywhere.
Where will Just Turns be next?
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Nagoya, Japan
- The Portland Ballet, Oregon
- Ballet Northwest, Washington
- Dance Theater of Harlem, New York
- San Jose Ballet, Califorina
- Los Angeles Ballet, Califorina