Catherine Taylor is now in her 8th year as Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, having joined the faculty in 2012. Born in Toronto, Catherine received her dance education at the National Ballet School of Canada. Following her graduation, she moved to Winnipeg to study with David Moroni at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Prior to joining the teaching staff of the RWB School, Catherine danced as a member of the RWB corps de ballet, performing in ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, John Neumeier, Kurt Jooss, Oscar Araiz and John Butler. At the invitation of Arnold Spohr, Catherine joined the artistic staff of the RWB. As the Assistant to the Artistic Director, a position that she held for over 20 years, she worked with many international choreographers, such as Van Manen, Van Dantzig, Sir Peter Wright, Jiri Kylian and works by Balanchine. Along with teaching company class she was responsible for staging much of the Company’s repertoire. Catherine also returned to the stage as a character artist in roles, including; Juliet’s Nurse in van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet, Berthe in Sir Wright’s Giselle, Lead Hungarian and Queen Mother in Swan Lake and Queen in Sleeping Beauty.
After moving to Ottawa in 2000 with her family, Catherine continued to work as a guest teacher and rehearsal director with Ballet Jorgen, Ballet British Columbia and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. During this time, she has been a guest faculty member with the RWB’s Professional Summer School and Dance Intensive, Banff Centre’s summer dance program, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver and Cedar Lake Dance, New York. Also during this time she was on the faculty of The School of Dance, Ottawa. Cathy has served as a jury member for Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. She is an alumnus of both the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and National Ballet School.
Gizella Witkowsky – Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Gizella Witkowsky graduated from the National Ballet School and joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1975 and enjoyed an illustrious 20-year career with the company. During that time she performed lead roles in all of the major classical ballets, and has worked with many world renowned choreographers and had the honour of performing with some of the world’s greatest dancers. Ms. Witkowsky also has extensive experience in theatre and dance productions both in Canada and abroad. She has taught master classes at numerous Ontario dance festivals. Ms. Witkowsky continues to help develop and inspire future generations in the world of arts.
Alina Adjemian, A.I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti), T.T.P., P.A.E.C. (Ballet, Pointe, Variations)
Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Pointe, Modern Basic
After dancing professionally for many years with Ottawa Ballet, P.M. Jazz, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Ontario Ballet Theatre and Atlantic Ballet Company, Alina Adjemian transitioned to choreography and teaching through The National Ballet School. An instructor for over 17 years, she taught and acted as Dance Department Head at Toronto’s Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Jaymor School of Dance and High Points Dance Academy. Alina has trained many young professionals that have gone on to join professional ballet companies across Canada and Europe or have joined productions such as Mama Mia, The Producers and Chicago.
Kristina McIntosh trained at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Quinte Ballet School of Canada and dance intensives at Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet School and Princeton Ballet School. Upon graduation, she attended Ryerson University, graduating with a Theatre Diploma and Royal Academy of Dance teaching certificate.
Kristina performed with the Paula Moreno Spanish Dance company before starting her teaching career with the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement and in 2000, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada for both the Professional and Recreation divisions. She also has a teaching certificate from the Cecchetti Society.
Desirée started her professional dance training at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada under the direction of founding Artistic Director, Brian Scott. After graduating from the Professional Training Program, she completed the Cecchetti teacher training program. She has performed with the Cuballet de Vernon in Havana, and Toronto’s Desrosiers Dance Theatre. Desiree has been with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada for over fifteen years as an instructor within both the professional and recreation divisions, and also acts as the Assistant to the Artistic Director for the professional division.
Henning Albrechtsen – Guest Teacher, Ballet
Born in Denmark, Henning Albrechtsen was engaged as dancer at Royal Danish Ballet in 1985. Since 1997, he has been on the faculty at the Royal Danish Ballet School. In his career with RDB he danced a variety of soloist and principal roles in classical and neo-classical repertoire ranging from Bournonville to Balanchine. From 2000 to 2007, he was the Deputy Artistic Director of Royal Danish Ballet. In 2007, he enrolled in the Teachers Training Program for former professional dancers at the National Ballet School of Canada where he completed the one-year educational program and in 2008 was invited back to the Royal Danish Ballet School as a full-time member of the faculty. Henning Albrechtsen has taught at various schools throughout the world including the Paris Opera Ballet School, Royal Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the National Ballet School of Cuba and the National Ballet School of Canada. In addition, he has taught the Bournonville technique in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, and Spain. In the past few years, Henning has travelled to Belleville to instruct the professional dance division in the Bournonville technique, which has been showcased during the past few Spring Showcases.
Emma is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer. A graduate of Dalhousie University andThe School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she teaches in the School’s Young Dancers’ Program and is director of their Summer Dance Camp. She is an instructor at Barreworks, and both teacher and choreographer through the Toronto District School Board. She joined the faculty of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada in 2016. emmakerson.ca
Kareem has been an instructor with QBSC for over several years and is disciplined in Hip Hop, Tap, Street Jazz and Modern. With over 20 years of teaching and choreography experience as well as being a qualified adjudicator across Canada, he is co-owner of Dance with KB and JKS Entertainment. Show credits include Solitude of my Mind, I Can’t Wait, The 4th Creation, Physical Graffiti, Must be the Shoes and Say Something! Kareem has choreographed music videos and made live appearances for shows in Canada, Australia, India and on Rogers Television, YTV and City TV.
Wayne Corinaldi has over 23 years of experience as a Hip Hop dancer and choreographer. He has performed at many venues and events including the Much Music Video Awards, Nathan Phillips Square, and the Millennium Celebration in Niagara Falls. Wayne has been a choreographer for the DLM Dance and Entertainment Company, the Harbourfront Centre, and he is currently choreographer with the PSB Dance Academy, Interplay, and the London School of Dance. He has been a Hip Hop instructor and choreographer with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada for over several years in both the professional and recreation divisions.
Recreation Division – Adult Ballet
Meghan is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Upon graduation, she apprenticed with Ballet Jorgen, performed multiple roles with Ontario Ballet Theatre and OMO Dance Company, and worked as a professional trainer. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, he began ballet at the age of 3, and attended a professional intensive with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at 12, before moving to Belleville at 13 to attend QBSC. Meghan is now an elementary school teacher, but ha has never lost her passion for dance.
Tracy Mitchell, Recreation Division R.A.D. RTS (On Leave)
A graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre Dance program (under the direction of Program Director Nadia Potts, former prima ballerina with National Ballet of Canada), Tracy has taught professionally for over twenty years in London, ON, and is a fully registered RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) instructor, a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor.
Tracy has appeared in several professional dance productions in Toronto before moving to Stuttgart, Germany to join the Pforzheimer Ballet under ballet master, Anthony Sterago. Her performance credits include roles in Coppelia, Cinderella, Die Fledermaus, Kiss Me, Kate, and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as an original ballet/modern dance adaptation of Pink Floyd – The Wall, with the Pforzheimer Ballet.
Madeline Cymbaluk- Recreation Division
Professional Training Program student, Madeline Cymbaluk has been invited by Artistic Director, Catherine Taylor to teach our Junior Lyrical class in the Recreation Program. Madeline joined the PTP in 2018-2019 and is continuing in this direction this year along with her academic studies at Centennial Secondary School. Madeline’s background when dancing in the Peterborough area since the age of 6, makes her a good candidate for teaching Lyrical Dance. She will be mentored by Ms. Botting and Ms. Taylor. We are thrilled that Madeline will share her joy of dance with her students.
Rebecca Funari – Recreation Division
Junior Dance, Primary
Rebecca began her training in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Studio One School of Performing Arts where she discovered her passion and love for dance. At age 11 she won first place in the 11-13 year old Lyrical solo division at the Canadian National Dance Convention. That same year she auditioned for the professional training program at QBSC. At 12 years old, she moved from Winnipeg to Belleville and began her professional training career. In 2014 she had achieved her Advanced 1 in Cecchetti, and a 2nd High School Diploma with an arts certificate. Currently, Rebecca is studying the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) at St. Lawrence College. She is thrilled to be teaching at QBSC, a place that she will always consider home.
Shae Jones- Recreation Division – Tap
Hailing from Nanaimo, BC, Shae joined the Professional Training Program at QBSC 4 years ago. Shae began dancing at age 3 at the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts and dance quickly became her passion as she became more involved with RAD exams, competitions and performances. When Shae was 9, she was invited to join the Kirkwood Youth Company, where she had the exciting experience of performing on Broadway, NY and Disneyland, California. Chosen at the age of 10 to be provincial representative for the BC Performing Arts, competing in all genres, Shae was awarded in both jazz and tap. When she was 11, she placed top 10 in ballet and contemporary at the Youth American Grand Prix in Seattle. Dancing is everything to Shae, and she is very excited to share her love of dance with other young students of dance at the QBSC.
Henning Albrechtsen – Ballet Master Classes, Boys Work, Bournonville Master
Valerie Scannura – Flamenco
Dreda Blow – Ballet, Drama
Drew Berry – Dance Improv
Andrea Nann – Movement, Motivation Workshops
Gioconda Barbuto – Guest Choreographer