Director, In Studio
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.
Johanna Bergfeldt was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten in Sweden where she worked for six years. She later joined Norrdans, and Barents Dance Ensemble. She came to Canada in 2000 and was a dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre for six years. She has worked with numerous choreographers and companies including Kate Alton, Louis Laberge-Côté and ProArteDanza to name a few. Ms. Bergfeldt has been nominated three times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. She teaches regularly at Canada’s National Ballet School, Dance-teq, GMD, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as teaching Pilates at Riverdale Pilates.
Argentinian born Mercedes Bernardez had an international performing career as a Principal Dancer and as Ballet Mistress in several ballet companies in Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Ms. Bernardez was Artistic Director at Quinte Ballet School from 1997 to 2003, before moving to Calgary to become Ballet Mistress at Alberta Ballet. Ms. Bernardez has been a guest teacher for Richmond Academy of Dance and Dance Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ms. Bernardez now teaches company class for both The National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jörgen Canada.
Annemarie danced with the Dutch National Ballet, in the Netherlands, and later in Vancouver, Canada, with Judith Marcuse Contemporary Co. and the independent scene of the 90’s. Annemarie is a guest teacher across Canada including training teachers in Brain-Compatible Dance. Each summer Annemarie returns to the dance school she founded in Victoria BC and is thrilled to work since 2010 as artist educator and choreographer with novice movers in the education department of The National Ballet of Canada.
Giorgio Galli was born in Carate Brianza, Italy. He trained at La Scala Ballet School in Milan and The Royal Ballet School in London. Mr. Galli joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2009 and joined the Corps de Ballet in 2010. Mr. Galli's repertoire includes the roles of Laertes and Horatio in Hamlet, Diamond Man in The Sleeping Beauty and Fox and Icicle in The Nutcracker. His repertoire also includes Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Onegin, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Seagull, La Fille mal gardée, Elite Syncopations, The Four Seasons, Theme and Variations, the second detail, West Side Story Suite, Emergence and Chroma. Recently, Mr. Galli danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier.
With over twenty years of training in various forms of dance, Rachelle has achieved notable credits in film, television, theatre and choreography. Her professional resume includes a certificate in musical theatre from The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Throughout her endeavours, fitness has always been an important element in her life. As a result, Rachelle has become a certified Body Conditioning By Dancers instructor, Personal Trainer, Program Developer and Fitness Competitor. Rachelle believes in helping and encouraging others to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives; socially, mentally and physically. With this in mind, she promotes freedom of movement and expression as well as active and healthy living.
Candice received her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division, and Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. She has Fellowship standing with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, and has an extensive background in music. Candice has also worked as a ballet accompanist and teaches Music for Dancers and Teachers. Her classes are considered to be technique-based and fast-paced, with a strong musical focus. Teaching credits include York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto’s Hart House, Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and Metro Movement. Candice also regularly teaches children’s classes and is invited to adjudicate and guest teach across Canada.
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.
Sarah Koekkoek is an independent dance artist, educator and choreographer. She was born in Burlington, Ontario and trained in the Professional Division at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has danced with The Washington Ballet, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Chimera Project as well as participating in several dance residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts. Sarah is also a Licensed Provider of the Fletchers Pilates Method.
Katie Park is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, graduating with Distinction. While training at NBS, Katie achieved her Cecchetti Associate teaching qualification with Distinction. Prior to joining the Teacher Training Program at NBS, she received her American Ballet Theatre teaching qualifications, and achieved affiliate teacher status. Former students of Katie have been accepted to Canada’s National Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet, and Orlando Ballet School. Katie is also qualified in the Barre Life method, as well as the Essentrics method. With a knack for musicality and attention to technical detail, Katie offers a positive environment for all her students.
Jonathan Renna was born in Ottawa, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1997, leaving in 2000 to dance with Northern Ballet Theatre in England and Alberta Ballet. Mr. Renna re-joined the National Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2015. Recently, Mr. Renna performed the role of Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale. Mr. Renna’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Don José in Carmen, Hilarion in Giselle, Petruschka in Nijinsky and Prince Gremin in Onegin. His repertoire also includes roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Seagull, Manon, A Month in the Country, Hamlet, West Side Story Suite, Chroma, Russian Seasons, The Man in Black, Pur ti Miro and Emergence. He has been a guest teacher with many companies including Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London, England and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Ms Robledo graduated with Distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and was honoured with the Betty Oliphant Award, which pays tribute to the most promising graduate in the field of teaching. She began her career as professional dancer with the National Ballet of Mexico in 1991, where she worked under the direction of such renowned Ballet Masters as Fernando Alonso and David Howard. Katya has been teaching young dancers, adult beginners and professional dancers for nearly 25 years. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from the University of Ottawa, which has led her to venture into research, cultural promotion and production of spectacles. But, what she enjoys the most is sharing her love of dance and promoting the overall well-being of her students.
Iain Rowe, M.F.A.
Iain Rowe was born and raised in Canada and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Following his graduation in 2004 he went on to join the Royal Danish Ballet where he performed in a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire including world premiere's by Jiří Kylián and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. An increasing interest in both choreography and teaching brought him to New York City in 2010. It was here that he attained his Master's Degree in theatre performance with focus on choreographic studies from New York University. Since returning to Canada he has worked with a number of arts organizations including The National Ballet of Canada,The Canada Council for the Arts, Ballet Jörgen and Ryerson University.
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.
Tatiana Tchernova is a faculty member at Canada's National Ballet School, and company class teacher at The National Ballet of Canada. She was a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet Company of Uzbekistan where she performed lead roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and many others. Ms. Tchernova completed a master’s degree at the Moscow Institute of Dramatic and Fine Arts and attended the Paris Opéra Ballet School programme at New York University. As a Guest Teacher, Ms. Tchernova has worked with the National Ballet of Korea, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Finnish National Ballet, among others. She has been a faculty member of the Jackson Mississippi International Ballet Competition since 1989.