THE HISTORY OF SBAD
At the age of five Sean Boutilier began his dance training, at age nine, he was invited to attend Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in 1967 starting a career in dance that has spanned 5 decades. Mr. Boutilier could not have known that over 50 years later he would continue to 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 soloist.
Mr. Boutilier, a sought after International Principle guest artist was often asked to teach a Master Class to the dancers of the company he was guesting with. Encouraged by a family friend to take his love and knowledge of dance and inspire and encourage the young dancers of tomorrow, in 1983 the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance was born. The studio philosophy “For the Joy of Dance” reflected Mr. Boutilier’s passion and positive energy for dance, and this continues strong and evident today.
As he transitioned into his role as Artistic Director of SBAD,
Mr. Boutilier was supported by his well-known colleagues and friends 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.” In 1993, Mr. B. expanded the SBAD family to include a second location in Mississauga.
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.