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 Bucharest, Romania. During her senior year of training, she was chosen to represent Romania, in the Junior Division at the famous International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria in 1966. 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, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides and Sleeping Beauty.
Miss Pora has performed in various European cities including Athens, Belgrade, Madrid, and Milan. 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 founded 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 an examiner for its ballet examinations. She has also attended 3 years of pedagogy courses at the professional Teacher’s Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School.