Adult Dance Intensive

Adult Dance Intensive

Faculty

Wendy Holt

Wendy trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. She holds the Royal Ballet School Teaching Diploma, Registered Teacher and Associate status of the Royal Academy of Dance and also Advanced 2 Ballet in R.A.D., I.S.T.D. and Cecchetti Syllabi.  In addition she also attained Associates in Cecchetti Ballet and National Dance and the Benesh Notation Teaching Diploma. She is currently an Examiner and Tutor of the Royal Academy of Dance and has worked extensively across Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Great Britain. Former students of Wendy have been accepted to the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School.

Alexandra MacDonald

Alexandra MacDonaldAlexandra MacDonald was born in Calgary, Alberta and trained at the International School of Ballet in Calgary, Alberta and Boston Ballet’s Trainee Program in Massachusetts. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2007 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2016.

Recently, Ms. MacDonald made her debut as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Her repertoire includes such roles as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, Principal and First Fairy and Diamond Lady in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle, Choleric in The Four Temperaments and La Vaniteuse in Le Petit Prince. Ms. MacDonald also danced roles in the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté as well as in such ballets as Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée, Hamlet, The Seagull, Pinocchio, The Concert, Symphony in C, Elite Syncopations, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Theme and Variations, The Four Seasons, West Side Story Suite, Glass Pieces, Carousel (A Dance), Emergence, Cacti and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

In 2010, Ms. MacDonald received the Patron Award of Merit. She was a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix and competed in the Prix de Lausanne in 2007. In 2006, Ms. MacDonald received the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award and was a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2017/18 David Tory Award.

Megan Nadain

Megan NadainMegan Nadain, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, for which she received scholarships from the School, the Hnatyshyn Foundation and the BC Arts Council. She is a company member with Dancetheatre David Earle, and has worked independently with Darryl Tracy, inDANCE, Toronto Heritage Dance and Event Horizon Dance. In the summer of 2014, she performed with Dancetheatre David Earle in Dusseldorf, Germany at the tanzmesse dance festival. She is a faculty member at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and she directs the Core Apprentices for the CCDT Company. She also teaches and rehearsal directs at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and teaches in several high schools in Toronto.

Calley Skalnik

Calley Skalnik

Calley Skalnik was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and trained at Tulsa Ballet in Oklahoma and Canada’s National Ballet School. Ms. Skalnik joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2019. 

Recently, Ms. Skalnik made her debut as Calliope in Apollo. She has also danced such roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Russian Princess in Swan Lake and Kitty in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina. She has also danced such roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the Russian Princess in Swan Lake. Her repertoire includes Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Onegin, Pinocchio, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Le Petit Prince, Giselle, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, A Streetcar Named Desire, Manon, La Sylphide, Frame by Frame, The Four Seasons, The Four Temperaments, Genus, Symphony #9, Emergence, Paz de la Jolla and Self and Soul.

In 2016 Ms. Skalnik represented the National Ballet in The Twelfth International Completion for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

Jarrett Siddall

Born in Grande Prairie AB, Jarrett Siddall began his career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet in Edmonton AB. In 2009 he began training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant in contemporary dance in 2010. After graduating in 2012, Jarrett joined Toronto Dance Theatre. Alongside TDT, Jarrett performs with Vazari Dance Projects and in other independent works.

Darryl Tracy

Darryl TracyDarryl Tracy is a Toronto based independent dance artist as well as a physiotherapist. He is a senior faculty member at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and as a dancer has created many roles by most of Canada's leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors and principal dancers of four chambers Dance Projects from 1998-2006. He was part of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for over 4 years dancing and touring in Émard's 'Temps de chien'. He has created over 32 of his own works through commissions and self-produced productions. Most recently, he has choreographed for Connection Dance (NB), L’Ecole de Danse Contemporain du Montreal, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, The School of dance (Ottawa), Park Avenue Dance Company (New York), and L'Espace du Mouvement (Montreal). Darryl teaches across Canada and in the US in performing arts training institutions as well as for professionals. He is a neuro based physiotherapist and works at Physio-Logic as well as University Health Network - Lyndhurst Hospital.

Alejandra Valiente

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