At the age of nine, Sean Boutilier began a career in ballet that has spanned 5 decades. Invited to attend Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in 1967, Mr. Boutilier could not have known that over 50 years later he would still be fully immersed in Toronto’s dance scene. Mr. Boutilier graduated from NBS in
1976 and moved into the corps de ballet of the
National Ballet of Canada, rising to the rank of second soloist by his 5th season.
In 1983, Mr. Boutilier was inspired by a family friend who told him that he could do what he loved and prosper by opening a dance studio. Mr. Boutilier took a risk and left the company and his familiar career path to pursue a new goal of owning his own studio. The Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance (SBAD) opened its first Etobicoke location in 1984. The studio philosophy “For the Joy of Dance” reflected
Mr. Boutilier’s goal of sharing his positive experiences in and passion for dance with the
As he transitioned into his role as Artistic Director of SBAD, Mr. Boutilier called on his well-known friends and colleagues for public support and teaching roles. Karen Kain and Frank Augustine among many renowned dancers attended the grand opening and autographed a large poster of the original studio logo.
Over the years, Mr. Boutilier became affectionately known by his students as “Mr. B.”
Mr. B’s legacy is woven into his studio as he has inspired thousands of lives over the years of his directorship with his teaching and choreography. Mr. B’s goal has always been to make dance accessible to the next generation of dancers by providing the best teachers and facilities to carry on the traditions of an art form that he himself first fell in love with at five years old.