Elizabeth O’Keefe

Elizabeth O’Keefe

Director

  • Full 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.

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    Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Founder & Artistic Advisor

  • Graduate – State Ballet School, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Former Ballerina – National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
  • 2010 Winner of the Mississauga Arts Council MARTY AWARD – ESTABLISHED PERFORMING ARTIST.
  • Life Member – Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

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    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
  • Laurel MacArthur

    Laurel MacArthur

    Teacher

  • Graduated Sheridan College – Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership.
  • Graduated Sheridan College – Early Childhood Education.
  • Former Competitive Dancer who has worked with well-known choreographers Jacques Monfiston, Kristen Carcone, and Kate Hilliard just to name a few.
  • Performer at the Team Brother Bear Gala and Italfest.
  • Dance Teacher & Choreographer for 5 years.
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator.
  • 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.
  • Anita Ivic

    Anita Ivic

    Teacher

  • Anita is one of Canada’s top fitness trainers and is the owner and founder of Imprint Pilates which was voted “Best Pilates Studio” by blogTO.
  • She received her BFA in Dance, from Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • Anita started dancing ballet at a very young age, and as a student had the professional experience performing with notable artists and Dance companies
  • Anita completed her full training at Stott Pilates (now Merrithew) while in University.
  • Anita believes in challenging yourself through mind-body exercise to be flexible, strong and pain free.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Larisa Ginzburg

    Larisa Ginzburg

    Piano Accompanist

  • Graduate, Master Degree from Gnezin Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia
  • Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Elizabeth O’Keefe

    Director

  • Full 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.

  • Read full bio

    Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Cristina Pora Balaceanu

    Founder & Artistic Advisor

  • Graduate – State Ballet School, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Former Ballerina – National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
  • 2010 Winner of the Mississauga Arts Council MARTY AWARD – ESTABLISHED PERFORMING ARTIST.
  • Life Member – Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

  • Read full bio

    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
  • Laurel MacArthur

    Laurel MacArthur

    Teacher

  • Graduated Sheridan College – Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership.
  • Graduated Sheridan College – Early Childhood Education.
  • Former Competitive Dancer who has worked with well-known choreographers Jacques Monfiston, Kristen Carcone, and Kate Hilliard just to name a few.
  • Performer at the Team Brother Bear Gala and Italfest.
  • Dance Teacher & Choreographer for 5 years.
  • Registered Early Childhood Educator.
  • 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.
  • Anita Ivic

    Anita Ivic

    Teacher

  • Anita is one of Canada’s top fitness trainers and is the owner and founder of Imprint Pilates which was voted “Best Pilates Studio” by blogTO.
  • She received her BFA in Dance, from Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • Anita started dancing ballet at a very young age, and as a student had the professional experience performing with notable artists and Dance companies
  • Anita completed her full training at Stott Pilates (now Merrithew) while in University.
  • Anita believes in challenging yourself through mind-body exercise to be flexible, strong and pain free.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Larisa Ginzburg

    Larisa Ginzburg

    Piano Accompanist

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