Nell Shipman

School Director

After over ten years with Portland Ballet, Nell Shipman assumes the role of School Director. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with High Honors from Butler University, and has performed and shown choreography in Portland, New York, Chicago, Boulder, Indianapolis and Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia. Nell has taught for studios throughout the country, including Regional Dance America's Mid-States Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, and Kansas Regional Ballet's Summer Intensive. In addition to appearing in numerous Portland Ballet performances, Nell has also appeared as a guest artist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Good Theater, 2008 Best of Broadway, PORTOpera as both dancer and choreographer, and with Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Her choreography includes The Victorian Nutcracker, Jack the Ripper, Halloween Spooktacular, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, Spoke of the Wheel, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, among others.


Sabir Yapparov received his academic and ballet training at the Perm Ballet Academy, Russia and studied with some of the finest teachers in his country, including Julius Plahkt. He was a soloist with the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet and with the Bolshoi Theater in Uzbekistan, and was a principal with the Odessa Academic Theater of the Opera and Ballet in the Ukraine. His repertoire included leading roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets: Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Star in Masquerade, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and Ivan in Hunchback Horse. Mr. Yapparov worked with prominent teachers and artists such as A. Messerer, M. Plisetskaya and V. Gordeev. He was invited as a guest principal throughout the former Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, India, Spain and Canada. He was also awarded the rank of Honored Artist of the Ukraine. Mr. Yapparov worked as a ballet master with the Sarasota Ballet for eleven years, serving one year as Associate Artistic Director. In 2003-2004 he was a Visiting Professor in the Dance program at the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and was a guest faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007-2008. Mr. Yapparov recently was both a ballet teacher and the Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. He was the director of Portland School of Ballet’s pre-professional CORPS program from 2011-2012. Most recently, he served as Principal at the School of Cincinnati Ballet.