Cristina Pora Balaceanu

Cristina Pora Balaceanu

Founder, Artistic Director and teacher
  • Graduate, State Ballet School, Bucharest, Romania. Furthered her training at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, Russia.
  • Former Ballerina, National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
  • Life Member and Examiner, Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • 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.
  • Graduate – State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow, Russia with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.
  • Former Principal Dancer, Teacher and Ballet Master at Moscow State Ballet Theatre, Russia.
  • Former Teacher, Canada’s National Ballet School, L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Québec, National Ballet of Canada.
  • Ciprian Campianu

    Ciprian Campianu

    Teacher

  • Graduate Professional Teacher’s Training Program – Canada’s National Ballet School.
  • Former Principal Dancer – National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
  • 1997 Winner of the Oleg Danovsky International Ballet Competition, Romania.
  • Performed at the famous Moulin Rouge and Lido in Paris, France.
  • Performed with Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises as lead adage dancer.
  • Former Teacher – Canada’s National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Ballet Jorgen.
  • Mercedes Bernardez

    Mercedes Bernardez

    Teacher

  • Company teacher for National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgen
  • 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.
  • Attended George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Attended the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, NY.
  • Performed as Guest Artist with Hamilton Dance Company and performed as Soloist and Corps de Ballet with Ontario Ballet Theatre.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Bryanne Sawaged

    Bryanne Sawaged

    Teacher

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

    Michelle Colassanti

    Teacher

  • Trained at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre – Professional Division; member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • 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; various music videos; stage appearances with Colin James, Tyler Yarema and others. Has worked with well known choreographers, Patricia Beatty, Michael Downing and others
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Nicole Forten

    Nicole Forten

    Teacher

  • Graduate George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Attended ballet intensive programs at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C and trained with distinguished Ballerina Alla Sizova
  • Former dancer with Combustion Jazz Dance Company, Toronto under the direction of Annemarie Wood
  • Former rehearsal assistant 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.
  • Louise Agius

    Louise Agius

    Certified group fitness instructor, specializing in ballet barre and physique

  • Completed advanced level exams in ballet, tap, and jazz under C.D.T.A. syllabus.
  • Received her advanced level certifications in RAD and Cecchetti Ballet methods.
  • Began teaching ballet at the age of 17, in a Mississauga studio and continued to teach Ballet and Hip-Hop classes for the University of Guelph’s Athletic Program.
  • Former dancer Thrive! Hip hop dance company under the direction of Sean Byfield
  • Former Toronto Marlies dancer for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and former dance captain for the University of Guelph varsity dance team
  • Performed background roles in TV series and motion pictures and was awarded first place overall for choreographic achievement in the 2004 Footloose Championships
  • 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
  • Performed lead roles in the school productions of Les Sylphides, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.
  • Graduate, Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree- McMaster University
  • Bachelor of Education Degree- Ontario Institute of Studies in Education.
  • Teacher with the Peel District School Board.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Tatiana Airapetian

    Tatiana Airapetian

    Piano Accompanist

  • Graduate, Masters Degree in Music, Kiev State University of Music and Culture, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • 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
    • Graduate, State Ballet School, Bucharest, Romania. Furthered her training at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, Russia.
    • Former Ballerina, National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
    • Life Member and Examiner, Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
    • 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.
  • Graduate – State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow, Russia with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.
  • Former Principal Dancer, Teacher and Ballet Master at Moscow State Ballet Theatre, Russia.
  • Former Teacher, Canada’s National Ballet School, L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Québec, National Ballet of Canada.
  • Ciprian Campianu

    Ciprian Campianu

    Teacher

  • Graduate Professional Teacher’s Training Program – Canada’s National Ballet School.
  • Former Principal Dancer – National Opera Bucharest, Romania.
  • 1997 Winner of the Oleg Danovsky International Ballet Competition, Romania.
  • Performed at the famous Moulin Rouge and Lido in Paris, France.
  • Performed with Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises as lead adage dancer.
  • Former Teacher – Canada’s National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Ballet Jorgen.
  • Mercedes Bernardez

    Mercedes Bernardez

    Teacher

  • Company teacher for National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgen
  • 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.
  • Attended George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Attended the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, NY.
  • Performed as Guest Artist with Hamilton Dance Company and performed as Soloist and Corps de Ballet with Ontario Ballet Theatre.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Bryanne Sawaged

    Bryanne Sawaged

    Teacher

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

    Michelle Colassanti

    Teacher

  • Trained at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre – Professional Division; member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.
  • 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; various music videos; stage appearances with Colin James, Tyler Yarema and others. Has worked with well known choreographers, Patricia Beatty, Michael Downing and others
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Nicole Forten

    Nicole Forten

    Teacher

  • Graduate George Brown College – Professional Dance Training Program.
  • Attended ballet intensive programs at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C and trained with distinguished Ballerina Alla Sizova
  • Former dancer with Combustion Jazz Dance Company, Toronto under the direction of Annemarie Wood
  • Former rehearsal assistant 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.
  • Louise Agius

    Louise Agius

    Certified group fitness instructor, specializing in ballet barre and physique

  • Completed advanced level exams in ballet, tap, and jazz under C.D.T.A. syllabus.
  • Received her advanced level certifications in RAD and Cecchetti Ballet methods.
  • Began teaching ballet at the age of 17, in a Mississauga studio and continued to teach Ballet and Hip-Hop classes for the University of Guelph’s Athletic Program.
  • Former dancer Thrive! Hip hop dance company under the direction of Sean Byfield
  • Former Toronto Marlies dancer for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and former dance captain for the University of Guelph varsity dance team
  • Performed background roles in TV series and motion pictures and was awarded first place overall for choreographic achievement in the 2004 Footloose Championships
  • 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
  • Performed lead roles in the school productions of Les Sylphides, Giselle, Don Quixote, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.
  • Graduate, Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree- McMaster University
  • Bachelor of Education Degree- Ontario Institute of Studies in Education.
  • Teacher with the Peel District School Board.
  • Former Graduate, Cristina Pora Classical Dance Academy.
  • Tatiana Airapetian

    Tatiana Airapetian

    Piano Accompanist

  • Graduate, Masters Degree in Music, Kiev State University of Music and Culture, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Larisa Ginzburg

    Larisa Ginzburg

    Piano Accompanist

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