“Anuschka Roes has set up such a lovely program about acknowledging that we as teachers should still be students. The program is an opportunity for us to open our minds and learn together.”
– Ballet Bob

 
 

 
Position:   Coordinator of the Adult Ballet Program
Number of years teaching: I have been teaching for 36 years in total, and this is my 20th year at Canada’s National Ballet School.
Dance Background: I was a professional dancer in contemporary and ballet. I danced all over Canada and the United States.
Favourite exercise to teach: I really enjoy teaching Waltz combinations. I love the rhythm of ¾ time.
 
Strengths as a dance teacher:
 
Merging technique and movement and therefore helping students express themselves more while dancing.
 
Something unique you bring to this program:
 
Having a different experience in my dance training (starting training later in life at age 19), I bring a lot of outside information. I bring a unique moving philosophy and try to help teachers think outside of the box.
 
Something we may not know about you:
 
I teach at the George Brown Theatre School. I am the Resident Choreographer for their shows. I teach a wide range of styles from Ballet to Hip-Hop.
 
Someone who influenced you growing up:
 
Carina Bomers. She inspired me to get my teaching certificate.
 
Describe your dance classes in three words:
 
Hard (but fun), Dancey (but challenging), and Musical
 
Favourite aspect about being a teacher:
 
I love when my students realize they really can move, and that sense of wonder they get when they find their inner dancer.
 
Most memorable moment(s) as a dance teacher:
 
One of my adult students was visiting with family who she hadn’t seen in a while, and they told her “she looked taller and more elegant.” It was an incredible feeling to see her embrace her length and feel more comfortable in her body. I love being able to help my dancers be more in tune and comfortable with their bodies.
Favourite part about the Ideas Exchange program: Anuschka Roes has set up such a lovely program about acknowledging that we as teachers should still be students. The program is an opportunity for us to open our minds and learn together. Every year, I have always taken away something amazing that I then pass along to my students.