Chelsea Wainwright

Chelsea Wainwright

Founder / Artistic Director

Certified Ballet Instructor - BBA Vaganova Elementary Level
Certified Pilates Instructor - LindaFit Pilates NYC

Mrs. Chelsea Wainwright is certified by Bolshoi Ballet Academy Vaganova Method Elementary Level under the direction of Vera Kulikova Head of Classical Ballet at Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher Yevgenia Kazeeva. Bolshoi Ballet is one of the worlds oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training. Chelsea is a certified pilates instructor under LindaFit Pilates NYC. Chelsea also attended The School of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto Canada, she brings her knowledge of nutrition to her students.

Director and Choreographer of "The Nutcracker" Chelsea thrives on bringing the Ballet Dancers of Niagara the best in training and performance opportunities.

Chelsea was the Ballet Director at EDC Dancers inc since 2012. Guiding students to reach technical excellence. Chelsea studied as a full time student at Canada's National Ballet School. Chelsea has danced alongside some of the worlds most esteemed Ballet companies including The Kiev Ballet, The National Ballet de Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso, Ballet Ouest of Montreal and Neglia Ballet Artists. Chelsea is trained in RAD Ballet (Royal Academy of Dancing) holding her Intermediate Certificate, she is also trained in Cecchetti and Russian Vaganova Ballet methods. Chelsea spent three years performing as a Dancer/Illusionist Assistant in the show "Imagine" and "Beyond Belief" at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls and Television appearances in New York City. Chelsea has trained with and been the protege of Stelio Calagias former owner of Metro Movement in Toronto, Ont. working intensely under his wing. Chelsea's students have been accepted into several professional ballet schools such as; Canada's National Ballet School,Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Royal Danish Ballet School, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Tivoli Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, School of Alberta Ballet, Quinte Ballet School, Martha Graham Contemporary School NYC and The Juilliard school. Chelsea is known for her in depth outlook on the technical elements when training young dancers and prides herself on allowing her students to reach their fullest and greatest potential.

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Alice Burke

Alice Burke was born in London, England. Raised by an eclectic bunch of musicians, hippies, film actors and authors, Alice was destined for the Arts.

Alice is a passionate teacher and loves to promote the technique and discipline it takes to become a true professional dancer. While pushing boundaries and keeping a sense of humour, Alice hopes to constantly engage and inspire her students. She may run around the room, making funny faces while yelling loudly however there is a method to her madness. Past students are now flourishing in careers in Ballet and Contemporary companies, Music Videos, TV and Film and London’s West End, to mention a few.

Her extensive career began at Harlow Ballet School. Leo Kersley, principal of Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (first husband of Celia Franca) took Alice under his wing. This ensured a unique insight into the professional and traditional world of Classical Ballet. After training in mainly Cecchetti and Bournonville technique Alice also trained with The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate. Alice went on to graduate on a full scholarship from the 'London Studio of Performing Arts' studying ballet, jazz, contemporary and voice winning the ‘Triple Threat’ Award. There, Alice trained under such icons as Dame Alicia Markova and Dame Beryl Grey and went on to guest with several dance companies including 'London City Ballet’ and 'The Scottish Ballet'.

Alice has since enjoyed a diverse and successful career as a professional dancer, singer, actress and choreographer performing on stage and screen all over the Globe. From Dance captain and Production Singer for Carnival Cruise Lines to Lead dancer, Lead Adage and rehearsal Director for Bodywork Dance Co (Tours included Germany/The Netherlands/Thailand/Ireland/England). T.A for Pineapple Dance Studio London. Television credits include Front Row and Timmy Mallet (ITV England) as a Lead Dancer and Backing Singer for ‘Nigel Planer’and ‘The Dooleys’.

Theatre Credits include : Cassie - West End Tour of Chorus Line. Janet - Rocky Horror. Mungo Jerry – Cats. Donna Marie – Blood Brothers, Guest Artist Niagara Dance Co.. As a choreographer Alice has created works for several Dance Companies, Dance Schools and Theatre Companies (including Narnia, Blood Brothers, Musical of Musicals the Musical). Alice has also been selected as adjudicator for several Dance Competitions in Ontario, and has enjoyed a long teaching career.

Inspired to connect with our community through the Arts, Alice also works passionately with The United Way, RAFT and Gillian’s Place to provide and facilitate Dance and Yoga (as a certified Yoga Instructor) for vulnerable children and women throughout Niagara.

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Jeremy Ransom

CURRICULUM VITAE
Jeremy Ransom is a Canadian, a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, and a former faculty member of Canada’s National Ballet School.

AS A TEACHER
2017, March, Yokohama Ballet Intensive
, Yokohama, Japan: taught class; coached
variations
2010-2013 Teacher, Full Time Staff, Canada’s National Ballet School, Mavis Staines AD/CEO: Post-secondary Program (PSP) daily ballet class, Variations, Pointe Work, Boys Gr 7 & 8 Allegro
February 2013 Guest Teacher, Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen/The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Assis Carreiro AD: taught company class
2005-2010 Guest Teacher, Canada’s National Ballet School, Mavis Staines AD/ CEO: taught a variety of levels and classes in the upper school including Gr 9 Girls, Ballet; Gr 9 Boys, Ballet; Variations/pointe work; PSP Repertoire
2008 Guest Teacher, The Royal Conservatory, Wim Broekx AD, The Hague, Netherlands: taught senior school students; pre-professional
2005-2008 Guest Teacher, The National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain AD: taught company class

REHEARSAL CO-DIRECTOR
With Ana Jojic: set, coached and rehearsed a new production of Erik Bruhn’s Here We Come for NBS’s Spring Showcase in May 2012 and May 2013.This production was also given during the Assemblé Internationale at NBS, where 18 of the world’s best ballet and dance schools visited NBS and took part in an ideas exchange and a series of classes and performances.

DANCER
1980 joined The National Ballet of Canada under Artistic Director Alexander Grant; promoted to Demi-soloist/ Soloist by Erik Bruhn; promoted to Principal Dancer by Reid Anderson.
1982 chosen by Peter Schaufuss to dance the lead role of Gennaro in his full length production of Napoli, while in the corps de ballet.

Siegfried in Erik Bruhn’s Swan Lake
James in Erik Bruhn’s La Sylphide
Albrecht in Peter Wright’s Giselle
Lensky in John Cranko’s Onegin; on stage and for televison The Prince in Celia Franca’s The Nutcracker
Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton’s
The Dream
Colas in Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée
Ashton’s Monotones
Melancholic and Sanguinic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments;
Allegro and 5th Variation in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15; 1st and 3rd movements in Balanchine’s Symphony in C; Principal Man in Harald Lander’s Études;
The Messenger of Death in Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Song of the Earth
Friday Night in McMillan’s Elite Syncopations;
roles in Jiri Kylian’s Dream Dances,Transfigured Night, and Forgotten Land;
created the role of Uncle Nikolai in James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker.
1994 danced at the 66th Academy Awards telecast in Los Angeles
1986/87 joined The Zurich Ballet under the direction of choreographer Uwe Scholz making debuts in The Firebird
and Octet

AWARDS
1986 awarded the Bronze Medal in the Senior Men’s Division at the 3rd International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi

EDUCATION
Currently pursuing a MA in Dance at York University, Toronto 2016, St. John’s Adult Learning Centre, St. Catharines
1971-1980 Canada’s National Ballet School
Teachers, including: Judy Edwards, Betty Oliphant, Glenn Gilmour, Daniel Seillier, Erik Bruhn, Susanna Jansen

PRESS
DierdreKelly,TheGlobeandMail:
re.GlenTetley’sAlice wrote:“(A performance) amplified through toss-away gestures and flickering details in whirling hands and twitching feet.”WilliamLittler,TheTorontoStar:“TheactualityofJeremyRansom’sMercutio,fullof provoking wit and sharp-edged movement, continues to be one of the production’s major assets.”
Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times called his performance in Tetley’s Alice a “tour de force.”
AnnaKissegoff,TheNewYorkTimesinherreviewofOneginwrote:Ransom “projected the right youthful innocence coupled with dance as clean purity.”

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Liana Bellissimo

Liana Bellissimo is a professional dance artist based out of Toronto. She began her training with The Society of Russian Ballet and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. In 2014, Liana graduated with honours from Ryerson University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. Since graduating, she has gone on to perform professionally with the Canadian Opera Company, ProArteDanza Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Creole, Alysa Pires Dance Projects and Creativiva. She was also a cast dancer in Season 3 and 4 of the hit TV series Reign, in the Hallmark Channel film A Nutcracker Christmas, and most recently, Star Trek: Discovery. She has appeared in music videos for artists such as Feist, The Tenors, Scott Helman and Andrew Briol. Most recently, Liana co-founded ACE Dance Theatre- a professional contemporary dance company based out of Toronto and The Ballet Lab- a comprehensive summer training program devoted to technical excellence. Furthermore, Liana is a certified teacher of the ballet fitness program The Extension Method, as well as JOGA- a yoga program designed specifically for professional athletes. She holds her teaching certification with The Society of Russian Ballet and is an in-demand ballet teacher throughout the GTA.

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Cate Giannouspoulos

Cate Moore is an author, senior sales professional, & entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in health & wellness and medical marketing.
Cate holds a degree in Biology & Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario as well as 7 CCPE designations in multiple areas including Healthcare In Canada, Psychiatry, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Neurology, Respiratory, and Pain Management.
She has held CanFitPro Fitness Certifications and is currently studying martial arts as a First Degree Black Belt. She is the past president and founder of Tru Vitality Clinic, a medical spa with an iconoclastic business model as well as a holistic approach to living fully and aging gracefully.
Cate has her own consulting business and often presents on courageously authoring our own stories, health & wellness, and the success that comes from living authentically in life, love, and business.