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MERLE ADAM, B.A.,Carleton University; Advanced Teacher and Examiner, Society of Russian Ballet. Ms. Adam began her studies in Ottawa with Nesta Toumine and later was a scholarship student at Balanchine's School of American Ballet. She has performed in Ballet Jazz and Folklore companies, including Radio City Music Hall in New York. Ms. Adam has taught for Ottawa University's School of Human Kinetics and for Continuing Education in the Music Department, the Carleton University Dance Program in Athletics, and for their Summer Dance Camps for children also guest teaching and choreographing for the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Schools. She has choreographed for Orpheus Operatic Society, the Savoy Society, The International Orff Music Teachers' Conferences and for performances in conjunction with the National Arts Centre Children's Concerts. Ms. Adam has also lectured for many dance and music educators organizations. 

naomiNAOMI ADAM-JOHNSTON is an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, and a recent graduate of McGill University holding a Bachelor's of Social Work. Naomi has been dancing since the age of 2 at National Capital Dance Educators, and completed her intermediate exam with the Society of Russian ballet in 2014. Naomi has also trained in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap, and graduated from Canterbury Arts High School in Dance with distinction. Naomi has participated in numerous performances in both Ottawa and Montreal, including performances for the National Arts Centre and The Russian Embassy. She has showcased work at Bouge D'ici Dance Festival, MainLine Gallery, performs regularly as a member of both the Comrade Collective and Inertia Modern Dance Collective, and held the position of Artistic Director of Inertia Modern Dance Collective for 2016/2017. Always eager to continue to expand her dance education, Naomi attended Sidra Bell New York’s Summer Module as a participating module artist in June 2017 and will be attending Kyra Jean and Trip the Light Fantastic's summer intensive in August 2018. She looks forward to further experimenting with choreography, videography, and diverse forms of movement and stagecraft. Naomi teaches at various locations around Ottawa and Montreal and is thrilled to be returning to Dance Educators!

headshots sonia1SHANNON BERRY was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is going into her second year of studies in Mechanical Engineering (Management) and Computing Technology at the University of Ottawa. She has been dancing for 14 years studying mainly at the Pickering School of Ballet in Toronto where she was taught Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Modern,Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Acro, and Irish dancing. She alsostudied at Karpov Academy and the London School of Dance in Toronto and worked with Ambitious Movement a Toronto based Hip Hop crew. She was trained in many different Ballet techniques such as Cecchetti,RAD, and Vaganova and she successfully completed her Advanced 1 exams in both Cecchetti and RAD by the time she was 15. She was also trained in different Modern techniques such as Limon, Graham, Horton, and Cunningham. Shannon attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts from grade 7 until grade 12 where she majored in dance. In grade 11she became apart of the Hip Hop crew, Royal Rhythm and in her grade 12 year she became the captain of the another Hip Hop crew, RAW Creation. Upon graduating and beginning her studies at the University of Ottawa, she joined the GeeGees Dance Team. Shannon has taught at many studios such as, Prima Dance Academy, J'Danse Studio and the Pickering School of Ballet where she mainly taught Tap and Jazz but has also taught Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. Shannon continues to teach, choreograph, and perform throughout Toronto and Ottawa with different studios, teams, and companies in order to broaden her knowledge of dance.

headshots igorIGOR CHORNOVOL, Igor trained in the professional program of the Ukranian National Ballet Academy, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  He was mentored by the elite older generation of teachers and dancers and performed many principal roles in the Classical Ballet repertoire at the Kharkiv Opera Theatre House and at the Kiev National Ballet. Igor immigrated to Canada and joined the Alberta Ballet in Calgary where, under the Artistic Direction of Jean Grandmaitre, he became a featured soloist and principal dancer. His repertoire includes: the Prince in Jean Grandmaitre's "Cinderella", the Prince in Mikko Nissenen's "Nutcracker", the Cowhand in Agnes de Mille's "Rodeo" , soloist on Emily Molnar's "Portrait of Supernatural Grace", Benvolio in Jean Grandmaitre's "Romeo and Juliet", Dream Armand in Val Caniparoli's "Lady of the Camelias" , soloist in Jean Grandmaitre's collaboration with Joni Mitchel "Dancing Joni and other Works: The Fiddle and the Drum", George Balanchine's " Who Cares" , Edmund Stripe's "Unquiet Night" and Demetrius in Christopher Wheeldon's "Midsummer Night's Dream".

headshots igorROSANNA HOULT began her training at Susan Robinson School of Ballet and later went on to train at the prestigious London Studio Centre, graduating with a first class honours degree, winning the Sheila O’Neill award for excellence in musical theatre and receiving the critics choice from The Stage newspaper for her performance in the end of year showcase at the Criterion Theatre, London. Rosanna has had a varied career across Film, TV and Theatre. She recently completed filming the lead in feature film Nightshooters due for release in 2018. She is also delighted to have worked with Oscar nominated director Yorgos Lathimos playing opposite Colin Farrell in The Lobster and on the highly regarded Kill Your Friends based on the best selling book from author John Niven. Her diverse acting career has ranged from roles in the Marvel blockbuster Captain America; The First Avenger, to the critically acclaimed Monk3ys, which won best Micro Budget at the Raindance Film Festival. She starred in the urban British hit film Adulthood, and in the American action film Tin Holiday. Other film credits include Viking Siege, The Fox and the Rabbit, Flotsam, Hammered, United and Jayne Eyre. She is thrilled to have worked with one of her idols, Joanna Lumley, on Little Cracker; Baby Be Blonde, and has also starred in popular television shows such as Hollyoaks, Skins, Jonathan Creek and the Demon Headmaster. Other credits include performing live on stage with Michael Jackson at The Brit awards, playing the role of Mrs Potifar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Rosie in Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Rosanna worked with Bryan Ferry on his worldwide tour, and also with The Kitts Project and band worldwide gigs. Other stage roles include Art by Yazmin Reza, Four by Copi, The American Dream and Moby Dick. She has also starred in several commercials for brands including Persil, Nestea, Lotus Biscuits, CSL, The Co-Operative, Staples, Mars Balls and T-Mobile as well as various UK pantomimes.

headshots isabelISABELLE SINCLAIR TAKOFF is currently in her 4th year at University of Ottawa, studying biomedical sciences. Isabelle started taking Ballet classes at the age of six, at the Balletakademie Desiderio-von Bühler in Bonn, Germany. She continued to train at Greta Leeming Dance Studio in Ottawa, after moving to Canada in 2008, where she successfully completed the graded examinations and advanced 1 vocational exam in RAD. In addition to ballet, Isabelle trained and competed in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop dance styles with Greta Leeming Studio. She attended Canterbury Arts High School for dance where she trained in Ballet and various modern techniques including Limon, Graham and Horton, graduating in 2014 with distinction. Upon beginning her studies at the University of Ottawa, Isabelle joined the GeeGees dance team with whom she competed and choreographed for. Isabelle has taught at various locations in Ottawa and is excited to be starting at Dance Educators teaching Jazz and Contemporary.

headshots micahMICAH STEFFLER, B.A., studied Ballet for ten and ISTD Modern Dance for fifteen years. She holds her RAD Intermediate Ballet Certificate and Advanced Modern Dance Certificate. Micah taught Ballet, Modern and Jazz at the Lindsay Dance Studio before moving to Ottawa where she taught Creative Movement at Dance Educators.

headshots aisel1AISEL WARDALE, Administrator.  Aisel has combined an early education in the Arts with advanced studies in Engineering and Business Administration. She is a graduate of the state music school in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She holds a Bachelor's Degree In Electrical Engineering from Kazakh Technical University, and MBA from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research.  Aisel worked at Schlumberger and Siemens companies. Currently, she works as a Finance Officer in Health Services at Ottawa University, and as the Administrator at Dance Educators.

Consultants and Guest Teachers




  • Kageso Mpala, piano and percussion
  • Angel Araos, percussion
  • Jason Sonier, percussion



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The ballet curriculum begins at the primary level and progresses through


Fall Term 2019,  September 9th to December 21st, 2019 (15 weeks)


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