Cristina Pora Balaceanu

Cristina Pora Balaceanu

Founder, Artistic Director and teacher
  • Recipient of 2010 Mississauga Arts Council Marty Award
  • Established Performing Artist
Shirley Tetreau

Shirley Tetreau

Artistic Advisor

  • Fellow & Former Examiner, CSC – CICB.
  • Awarded prestigious Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.
  • Former Dancer, Ballet Mistress, National Ballet of Canada.
  • Former Teacher, National Ballet School.
  • Max Ratevossian

    Max Ratevossian

    Teacher

  • Graduate – Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.
  • Former Principal Dancer – Ballet Master Moscow State Ballet Theatre.
  • Former Teacher – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher – L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Québec.
  • Ciprian Campianu

    Ciprian Campianu

    Teacher

  • Former Principal Dancer – National Opera Bucharest (Romania).
  • Graduate Professional Teacher’s Program – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher at The Quinte Ballet School of Canada.
  • Mercedes Bernardez

    Mercedes Bernardez

    Teacher

  • Company teacher for National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgan
  • Former Artistic Director for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada
  • Former Ballet Mistress for the Alberta Ballet, Canada and Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venuezuela
  • Former Principal Dancer and Assistant-Artistic Director, Ballet Teatro de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Former Principal dancer, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venuezuela and Ballet Nader Hamed, Argentina
  • Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Teacher

  • Associate Member, Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Attended GEORGE BROWN College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Performed with Ontario Ballet Theatre.
  • Brianne Sawaged

    Brianne Sawaged

    Teacher

  • British Association of Teachers of Dance, Teaching Certificate.
  • Attended Dance Masters of America, Jazz anf Tap Workshops in Canada and USA.
  • Member 1998 Canadian National Tape dance Team, First Canadian Team to win a Gold Medal in Germany.
  • Michelle Colasanti

    Michelle Colasanti

    Teacher

  • Trained at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre – Professional Division; Full member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • Fully certified in Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT)
  • 3rd year Dance Masters of America, Teacher Training Course
  • Professional Dance Artist and Freelance choreographer throughout Southern Ontario
  • Performance experience includes: Bravo Dance Videos; Moving Pictures Festival; Hamilton Dance
  • Company As dancer and Co-Artistic Director, Parahumans Dance Company, various music videos; stage appearances with Colin James, Tyler Yarema , The Contessa Awards, The Amateur Sports Awards and others.
  • Has worked with well-known Teachers and choreographers, David Earl, Patricia Beatty, Michael Downing, Coralee McClaren, Maurice Causey and others.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Nicole Forten

    Nicole Forten

    Teacher

  • Graduate George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Former dancer with Combustion Jazz Dance Company, Toronto under the direction of Annemarie Wood
  • Former rehearsal director for Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Nutcracker Youth Cast
  • Performed with Canadian events and entertainment company, TDC Entertainment.
  • Film/Television performance under direction of L.A choreographer and Academy Award Winner, Ramon Del Barrio.
    Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.

    Anthony Blanco

    Anthony Blanco

    Teacher

  • Former Soloist, Dance Concert Ensemble, Manila, Philippines.
  • Former Dancer, The Paula Moreno Spanish Dance Company.
  • Resident Choreographer.
  • Erika Samman

    Erika Samman

    Teacher

  • Performs at cultural events throughout the GTA.
  • Furthered training at the Academy of Spanish Dance in Toronto and workshops given by dancers from Canada and Spain.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Elizabeth Ostil

    Elizabeth Ostil

    Teacher

  • Completed Emerging Dance Critics program in partnership with Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current and the National Ballet of Canada
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Performed Principle roles in the school productions of Les Sylphies, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.
  • Teacher with the Peel District School Board.
  • Larisa Ginzburg

    Larisa Ginzburg

    Piano Accompanist

  • Graduate, Master Degree from Gnezin Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia
  • Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Founder, Artistic Director and teacher
    • Recipient of 2010 Mississauga Arts Council Marty Award
    • Established Performing Artist
    Shirley Tetreau

    Shirley Tetreau

    Artistic Advisor

  • Fellow & Former Examiner, CSC – CICB.
  • Awarded prestigious Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.
  • Former Dancer, Ballet Mistress, National Ballet of Canada.
  • Former Teacher, National Ballet School.
  • Max Ratevossian

    Max Ratevossian

    Teacher

  • Graduate – Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.
  • Former Principal Dancer – Ballet Master Moscow State Ballet Theatre.
  • Former Teacher – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher – L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Québec.
  • Ciprian Campianu

    Ciprian Campianu

    Teacher

  • Former Principal Dancer – National Opera Bucharest (Romania).
  • Graduate Professional Teacher’s Program – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher – National Ballet School of Canada.
  • Former Teacher at The Quinte Ballet School of Canada.
  • Mercedes Bernardez

    Mercedes Bernardez

    Teacher

  • Company teacher for National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgan
  • Former Artistic Director for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada
  • Former Ballet Mistress for the Alberta Ballet, Canada and Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venuezuela
  • Former Principal Dancer and Assistant-Artistic Director, Ballet Teatro de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Former Principal dancer, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venuezuela and Ballet Nader Hamed, Argentina
  • Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Teacher

  • Associate Member, Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Attended GEORGE BROWN College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Performed with Ontario Ballet Theatre.
  • Brianne Sawaged

    Brianne Sawaged

    Teacher

  • British Association of Teachers of Dance, Teaching Certificate.
  • Attended Dance Masters of America, Jazz anf Tap Workshops in Canada and USA.
  • Member 1998 Canadian National Tape dance Team, First Canadian Team to win a Gold Medal in Germany.
  • Michelle Colasanti

    Michelle Colasanti

    Teacher

  • Trained at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre – Professional Division; Full member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • Fully certified in Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT)
  • 3rd year Dance Masters of America, Teacher Training Course
  • Professional Dance Artist and Freelance choreographer throughout Southern Ontario
  • Performance experience includes: Bravo Dance Videos; Moving Pictures Festival; Hamilton Dance
  • Company As dancer and Co-Artistic Director, Parahumans Dance Company, various music videos; stage appearances with Colin James, Tyler Yarema , The Contessa Awards, The Amateur Sports Awards and others.
  • Has worked with well-known Teachers and choreographers, David Earl, Patricia Beatty, Michael Downing, Coralee McClaren, Maurice Causey and others.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Nicole Forten

    Nicole Forten

    Teacher

  • Graduate George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Former dancer with Combustion Jazz Dance Company, Toronto under the direction of Annemarie Wood
  • Former rehearsal director for Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Nutcracker Youth Cast
  • Performed with Canadian events and entertainment company, TDC Entertainment.
  • Film/Television performance under direction of L.A choreographer and Academy Award Winner, Ramon Del Barrio.
    Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.

    Anthony Blanco

    Anthony Blanco

    Teacher

  • Former Soloist, Dance Concert Ensemble, Manila, Philippines.
  • Former Dancer, The Paula Moreno Spanish Dance Company.
  • Resident Choreographer.
  • Erika Samman

    Erika Samman

    Teacher

  • Performs at cultural events throughout the GTA.
  • Furthered training at the Academy of Spanish Dance in Toronto and workshops given by dancers from Canada and Spain.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Elizabeth Ostil

    Elizabeth Ostil

    Teacher

  • Completed Emerging Dance Critics program in partnership with Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current and the National Ballet of Canada
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Performed Principle roles in the school productions of Les Sylphies, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.
  • Teacher with the Peel District School Board.
  • Larisa Ginzburg

    Larisa Ginzburg

    Piano Accompanist

  • Graduate, Master Degree from Gnezin Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia
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