Children's March Break Dance Intensive
Dance with us in person, this March. Dance students will enjoy ballet, contemporary, and hip hop classes all in The National Ballet of Canada’s beautiful studios, led by our talented and experienced teachers.
Dates: Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, 2023
Times: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Age and Requirements: Dance students ages 8 – 11, with at least two years of dance training.
Classes Offered: Ballet, Repertoire, Contemporary and Hip Hop
Fee: Early Bird Rate until February 1 $425.00. February 1 and onwards, $525
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A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Kate Kernaghan received her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher’s Certificate, as well as her Associate from the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing. She is also a Fletcher Pilates Licensed provider as well as a CanFit Pro Personal Trainer. Having had former students go onto Canada's National Ballet School, The Ailey School, the School of Alberta Ballet and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ms. Kernaghan’s dedication to teaching and to her students never goes unnoticed.Ms. Kernaghan’s wealth of teaching experience in both the dance and fitness community lend to her confident, dynamic yet caring teaching style.
Alejandra Valiente is a professional performer, instructor, adjudicator and choreographer who specializes in Ballet, Floor Barre and Competitive Ballet Choreography. With 35 years of extensive experience performing and teaching, Ms. Valiente graduated from The National Ballet School in Mexico City and went on to receive her teaching certificates from The Royal Academy of Dance, Vaganova, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Associated, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and Cecchetti. She has worked as a performer in classical and neo-classical ballet, folklore European and musical theatre and as a choreographer for TV shows as Sesame Street. She worked as Creative Director for Conexion en Movimiento in Mexico and worked on events such as the Para Pan Games Guadalajara 2011 and the presentation of the mascot at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ms. Valiente is committed to sharing her knowledge to help all generations of dancers to understand the value of ballet technique through their dance journey.
Shavar "Caution" Blackwood has had the opportunity to work with choreographers and performers such as Allen Kaeja, Luther Brown, Sean Cheeseman, Siona Jackson, Mandy Moore and Bill T. Jones.
His passion for dance lets him take his ideas of the Hip Hop culture to the next level by fusing it with different forms of dance such as Contemporary, House, Vogue, Popping and Krump. These principles led Mr. Blackwood to achieve a Top 14 spot on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and to perform in the Lifetime movie Aaliyah The Princess of R&B, Family Channel’s Naturally Sadie and with artists such as Cascada, Mcfly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown and Jacksoul.
Mr. Blackwood has taught for many institutions such as Canada’s National Ballet School, City Dance Corps, OIP Dance Centre, among others. He has choreographed for events with SickKids Canada, Toronto’s Choreographers’ Ball, Bazaar, Fever, TDSB Martin Luther King Remembrance Day celebration at Roy Thompson Hall and was the winner of Manifesto Dance Competition.
Yui Ugai was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She majored in drama at high school and studied dance and music at Kobe University. Yui obtained professional ballet RAD training and she was awarded a prize for excellence in dance by Dance Dance Dance Magazine in 2008. Yui also holds a BFA and a MFA degree in Dance and a graduate diploma in Asian Studies at York University. She is a certified C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery) teacher and has danced and toured with Limitless Productions, The Parahumans, The Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Ballet Creole, Kashe Dance Company, The Toronto Blue Jays, Anima Inc. (Mexico/Peru) and more. She has taught at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Citadel+Compagnie, Ballet Creole/NuDance, Annex Dance Academy, Beach Dance School, and Leaside Dance School. In Japan, she produced the annual dance event, “Dance Kotoen” sponsored by Nishinomiya City in order to support youth dance artists, the community and the cultural dance exchange between Japan and Canada since 2011.