Balletomane Inc.



The aim of BALLETOMANE is to offer excellence in dance education by providing a learning environment that extends beyond our local community. Our fully accredited Artistic Faculty ensures that each student is offered the highest level of instruction whether it is to foster their appreciation for dance or to facilitate their pursuit of a professional career in the performing arts. As such, our dancers will develop a sense of self-discipline, focus, and a strong work ethic.


BALLETOMANE offers the Children’s Syllabus of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance, and Tap. These programs are based on the ISTD set syllabus to ensure that a high standard of instruction is consistently maintained. We also follow the Professional Syllabus in Classical Ballet of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In addition, classes are offered in Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, and Musical Theatre & Stage.





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* Saturday, June 7th, 2014 - 11:30AM at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

* Tickets go on sale Monday, May 5th, 2014 (Box Office: 905.815.2021 or Web:

*CLICK ON THIS LINK to Download the Junior Show Handbook!






* June 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2014 - 7:00PM at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

* Tickets go on sale Monday, May 5th, 2014 (Box Office: 905.815.2021 or Web:

*CLICK ON THIS LINK to Download the Senior Show Handbook!









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.


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.


Frances Brown

Biography to be uploaded shortly


Annie Chen

Annie is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Following her graduation, Annie has had the privilege to work as a dancer in both theatre and the commercial industry. Select credits include Dance Ontario Weekend with contemporary choreographer Siona Jackson, The Choreographer’s Ball, Bravo film Unseen Spaces, and working with Christopher House (the artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre) and Allen and Karen Kaeja (Kaeja d’Dance). Annie has also choreographed and danced in the opening number for T-Pain’s concert in Toronto and performed with Lady Gaga at the 2011 MMVAs. Some of her T.V. appearances include Much Music’s New Music Live and various music videos including Candy Coated Killahz, Kid Famous, and Degrassi’s Corey Lee and Victoria Duffield.


Laetitia Clément

Laetitia graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Supérieur du Québec where she studied under the guidance of Mr. Daniel Seillier (Paris Opera). She then joined Les Grands Ballets as an apprentice and worked as a guest with the National Ballet of Maryland. Soon thereafter, Laetitia was offered a company position with the Alberta Ballet, first under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen, and subsequently under the artistic direction of Jean Grand Maître. Laetitia became a principal dancer in 2001 and has spent the past 10 years working with choreographers including; Christopher Wheldon, Kirk Peterson, Wen Wei, and Margie Gillis. Laetitia has performed on many occasions in France, China, Japan, USA and Canada.


Laetitia recently retired from the stage to raise her family while teaching in the Professional Division of the School of Alberta Ballet, under the artistic direction of Mr. and Mrs. Kilgour, senior pedagogues from the Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Additionally, Laetitia is a certified yoga instructor, an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher (Levels 1 to 8), and holds her Intermediate and Advanced cecchetti diplomas (with Honors).


Alison Epstein


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).


Kayla Hanson

Biography to be uploaded shortly


Sharon Harvey

Sharon's passion for dance has led her to focus on the development of conditioning-specific programs at the professional and pre-professional level which promote strength and longevity of a dancer's instrument. Sharon's primary goal is to develop dancers who are not only strong technically, but possess a strong dance acumen.


Marnie Kersten


A multi‐instrumentalist as well a musical theatre performer, Marnie holds both a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Queen’s University and a Triple‐Threat Diploma from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. A sought‐after instructor, accompanist, adjudicator and clinician, Marnie runs a thriving private voice studio, and serves on faculty at Stage It Performing Arts, Balletomane and the Sheridan College Prep Program. She has also taught at the Randolph Academy College Program, Ovation Performing Arts, the Oakville Academy for the Arts, the Stirling Festival Theatre, and Appleby College. Marnie performs professionally in musical theatre across Canada. Select credits include keyboards/vocals in Jersey Boys (Toronto) and Hairspray (Port Hope), Mary Lou Sokoloff in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Charlottetown, Calgary & Port Hope), and Annie Edson Taylor in the Canadian musical Queen of the Mist (Ontario/Quebec Tour).

Nicole Nigro

BFA (Hons)

Nicole is a contemporary dance artist. She is a performer, educator, workshop facilitator and choreographer. Nicole began her dance training in Edmonton, Alberta and has since graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and obtained an BFA (Hons) in Dance from York University. She has had the privilege of dancing with The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dance Theatre David Earle, Event Horizon Dance, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Toronto Dance Theatre and various independent choreographers. Nicole is currently on faculty at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Marcelle Spadafora


Marcelle is an intensive dance teacher, technician and choreographer based out of the Toronto area. Marcelle began her dance her training at a young age and continued to further her education and dance excellence by becoming a certified and an affiliated exam member of the prestigious Acrobatic Arts. Select choreographic awards and recognitions for various works include; Professional Choice Choreography Award, Out-Of-The-Box Choreography, Fierce Choreography Award, the Choreography Excellence Award.

In 2008, Marcelle had the privilege of choreographing Chicago for the Canadian Sears Festival. Marcelle’s recognition as a choreographer and intensive teacher allowed her the opportunity to be a part of a Saskatchewan Arts Tour as the department head of dance, where she travelled to various studios and professional dance companies choreographing and teaching intensive classes to dancers of various ages and skill levels. Marcelle is currently working on her submission of works to the Hatch, APAP and Young Choreographers Festivals taking place in New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles, respectively. 


Laurie Westman


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.




Dominic Dilorenzo

Dominic developed his classical piano skills at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto and jazz skills at York University. He taught young artists and entered them into RCM examinations. Dominic accompanied vocal contestants at Kiwanis Music Festivals, toured with bands in Ontario, Quebec, and the North Eastern USA, and was Musical Director for Toronto's Second City Touring Company before moving to Oakville in 1996. Dominic has been playing for Ballet and Tap classes and examinations for the past 15 years.


Trevor Hewer

Biography to be uploaded shortly


Stich Wynston

Stich is a drummer, composer, bandleader and sideman born and based in Toronto, Canada. He attended York University fromwhere he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in music including studies in jazz with John Gittens and Lorne Lofsky, South Indian classical music with Trichy Sancharan and 20th-century classical music with James Tenney. Stich also was accepted to the world-renowned Banff School of Fine Arts summer jazz music program for three years. Stich is also one of the co-founders of the legendary 'Shuffle Demons' and has also worked with many prominent artists in more commercial settings including: Jane Siberry, Tom Cochrane, Alex Lifeson, Big Sugar, The Sidemen, Da and Abolengo.




Balletomane Office Hours - May and June 2014


Monday: 12Noon to 5:30PM

Tuesday: 12Noon to 8PM

Wednesday: 12Noon to 8PM

Thursday: 12Noon to 6:30PM

Saturday: 8:30AM to 3PM


379 Davis Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 2X2 - 905.844.9555 - - 2014 Balletomane Inc. All Rights Reserved. Website Design: Acecomp Plus. - Photographs: Brigitte Elise Photography



To register online for Balletomane's 2014/15 Dance Season (commencing in September 2014), please fill in the following REGISTRATION FORM (click on the link). Please fill in all of the required information and send the completed formvia email to (please ensure credit card information and authorization is provided). Alternatively, you may drop off completed and any post-dated cheques at the Balletomane Office at 379 Davis Road.


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