Cristina Pora Balaceanu, Founder, Artistic Director and teacher
Cristina Pora began her ballet studies in the Russian Vaganova method at the State Ballet School in Cucharest, Romania. During her senior year of training, she was chosen to represent Romania, in the Junior Division at the famous international Varna, Bulgaria Ballet Competition in1966. This was the same year and competition where the famous Mikhail Baryshnikov won the Gold Medal.
As one of the top students of her graduating class, Miss Pora was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow where such famous teachers as Marina T. Semionava and Raisa Struchkova played an important role in her development.
After returning from Moscow, she joined the National Opera Bucharest (Romania), where she danced many solo roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, lizlizRomeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides and Sleeping Beauty.
Miss Pora has performed in various European cities including Athens, Belgrade, Madrid, Milan and Paris. At La Scala, Milan, Miss Pora was coached by John Field, a noted dancer and teacher, formerly of the Royal Ballet in England. In Italy, she also performed as a soloist with the Comapgnia Italiana di Balleto.
On coming to Canada, Miss Pora found her own school the Cristina Pora Calssical Ballet School in Mississauga in 1975. As a full member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A), she was also appointed as a member of the Ballet Committee of the Ontario Branch C.D.T.A and Examiner for its ballet examinations. She has also attended 3 years of pedagogue courses at the National Ballet School Teacher Training program in Toronto.