Elizabeth Ferenc – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of BALLETOMANE

MA, BA(Hons), LRAD, ARAD

Elizabeth began her career in dance at the Alberta Ballet School. In September of 2001, Elizabeth moved to London, England, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Distinction in the Art of Teaching Ballet in the Faculty of Education, holding the highest academic standing in her class at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), University of Durham. During her tenure at the RAD, Elizabeth also received her Associate Status (ARAD) with Distinction, as well as the Licentiate Award (LRAD), which only a few selected individuals in the world have received. In 2005, Elizabeth graduated from the University of Roehampton, London, England, with a Masters of Arts in Ballet Studies with Distinction, again with the highest academic average in her class.

For three seasons, Elizabeth was ‘Head of Ballet Department’ at the Alberta Ballet School / Dance Alberta. Prior to this role, Elizabeth held teaching positions at The Central School of Ballet (London, England) and The Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters (London, England).

Among many professional highlights, Elizabeth has entered successful candidates for the prestigious Phyllis Bedells Bursary in London, England. In 2008, she taught and rehearsed the Johann Strauss debutants in Austrian Folklore Dance for their Annual Ball and is currently studying to be a mentor and tutor for distance learning teachers of the Royal Academy of Dance. Additionally, Elizabeth has adjudicated in many dance festivals and competitions.

Elizabeth is a staunch upholder of the highest standards of dance education and training. She has deep knowledge and extensive experience across a wide range of dance styles and reflects this in her teaching. Elizabeth is known for her artistic integrity, enthusiasm and professionalism and is very eager and keen to be the new Artistic Director of Balletomane Inc.

Megan Arthurs

BFA (Hons)

Megan is an established choreographer, performer, dance educator, and artistic mentor. After graduating from Balletomane in 2011, Megan studied Dance Education and Choreography / Performance at York University. Her artistry has since been shaped by curiosity, inquiry, experimentation and investment in a variety of practices including improvisation, composition, ballet, contemporary movement techniques, body conditioning with imagery, and yoga. Megan has had the opportunity to work with and perform under the direction of Holly Small, Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Michael Greyeyes, John Ottmann, and Gwenyth Dobie. Megan is now in her first year at York University’s Graduate Master Program in Dance, studying the mental side of training and peak performance within the dance and athletic community.

Debra Arlette

B.Comm (Hons), AISTD Diploma

Debra is a graduate of Queen’s University, where she obtained a degree in Commerce. After a brief career as a banker, she returned to dance and taught in Alberta, Ontario and London, England, before finally settling in Oakville. She has trained in Tap, Ballet, Modern Theatre and Jazz, and has some experience in both Irish and Highland Dance. She holds the Associate Diploma teaching designation in Tap as well as the Associate designation in Modern Theatre, both through the ISTD. While teaching in England, Debra completed the ISTD’s new Foundation in Dance Instruction Program and is currently completing the new Certificate of Dance Education Program.

Rachel Brooks

RAD, RTS

Rachel originally trained in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated from the Inchicore College of Further Education in Dance Studies. She is a seasoned teacher in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and lyrical. She holds the Australian Teachers of Dance Jazz Moves Examinations as well as the ATOD Jazz Moves Teacher Training. She has a wealth of experience and training in performance and choreography and we are so pleased to welcome her to the Balletomane Faculty.

Alison Epstein

M.Dip. LCDD, LISTD, MRAD, B Eds (Hons)

From the age of four, Alison trained in England with Elizabeth Harrison (Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD) at the Star School of Dancing. She is a graduate of The London College of Dance and Drama in England, where she studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, and Tap techniques, Composition, Dance History, Philosophy, Labanotation, and Principles in Teaching. Alison won prizes in performance and choreography and obtained a diploma in dance education and dance teacher qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Folk Dance (AISTD).

After college Alison took a teaching post in Israel, continuing to dance and choreograph. She was assistant choreographer for children’s television and stage productions. On returning to England, Alison passed the Licentiate Examination of the ISTD modern branch and ran her own school in London, England, successfully entering children for the examinations of the ISTD. During this period, she also taught for RAD examiner, Brenda Key, and Margaret Howard (FISTD).

Alison came to live in Canada with her family in 2004, and immediately started teaching at Balletomane in Oakville (formerly known as the Fleming School of Dance).

Mandy London

Mandy began her dance journey at Dance Elite at the age of 3 and found her love of musical theatre with the Randolph Young Company in Toronto. She is trained in CDTA Ballet as well as Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Acro, Contemporary and Hip Hop .She received her Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance from St. Clair College in 2012. Mandy has also trained in gymnastics and as a national cheerleader. Mandy has performed in many popular shows such as Cinderella, High School Musical, Footloose, and Grease, where she got the opportunity to work/train closely with So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s Melissa Williams. She has had the opportunity to perform as a Niagara Ice Dogs cheerleader, as well as choreograph and perform in two pieces in Stratford’s Springworks Festival. She is a dedicated teacher and loves to share her passion for performance and dance with her students.

Laurie Westman

RAD LRS, TTP Dip. (NBS)

Laurie is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, holding the R.A.D. Teacher’s Diploma with Distinction. For the past eleven seasons, Laurie was “Head of the RAD Graded Syllabus and Fitness Training Divisions” at the Oakville School of Dance. She taught at Pegasus Studios in Toronto for nine seasons and was the “Head of the Vocational Graded Syllabus” for six seasons.

She has an extensive background in ballet, theatre and modern dance. Laurie was awarded scholarships for study at Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Les Ballet Jazz and the Banff School of Fine Arts. After receiving a Diploma in Dance from George Brown College, she joined the Alberta Ballet School’s Professional Programme. Laurie danced with Alberta Ballet. Her performance experience includes Alberta Ballet’s Firebird, Snow Maiden, Cinderella, Coppélia and the Nutcracker as well as numerous contemporary works.

Laurie is dedicated to art of teaching classical ballet and passionate about working with her students to find the learning style that is best suited to them. Within the process of sharing her knowledge and passion for performance and artistic excellence, Laurie enthusiastically anticipates learning from her students and watching them develop intellectually, physically and artistically.

Trevor Hewer

Trevor is a piano teacher and composer. He has studied music at the University of Toronto, earning both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Composition. During that time, he was also a member of an improvised piano duo that met weekly and produced a recorded Podcast. Creating new music, arranging music, and looking for new ways to combine music with other mediums are still his favourite interests, something he’s been very fortunate to find an outlet for at Balletomane.

  • Balletomane is home to a 20,000 square foot facility with 4 dance studios.
  • Separate changing facilities for students at all levels.
  • Parent lounge / waiting area with complimentary magazines.
  • Student lounge / homework area – sofas, desks, kitchen & refrigerator, television with complimentary DVDs, complimentary WIFI.
  • Classes run from Monday to Saturdays.