Biographies of Ballet staff at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Mavis Staines

Mavis Staines was born in Quebec's Eastern Townships and received her ballet training at Canada's National Ballet School. Upon graduation from NBS in 1972 Staines became a First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and then danced with The Dutch National Ballet until an injury cut short her performance career. She subsequently returned to Canada and enrolled in NBS' Teacher Training Program, joining NBS' Artistic Faculty in 1982. She was appointed Artistic Director in 1989.

Peggy Baker

Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, performing internationally in the work of Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris (with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project), Doug Varone, Tere O’Connor, Molissa Fenley, and Charles Moulton (NYC); and with Fortier Danse-Creation (Montreal); Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre.

Cheryl Belkin Epstein

Cheryl Belkin Epstein trained in ballet in Winnipeg and danced with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers and Les Feux-Follets of Montreal. On retiring from dance, she returned to school and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981. She practiced corporate law at McCarthy & McCarthy in Toronto until 1983 and later, while living abroad, worked in the Legal Department of the Bank of Israel and did freelance legal editing and writing in Morocco and France.
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Johanna Bergfelt

Johanna Bergfelt, a native of Sweden, graduated from The Royal Swedish Ballet School in 1989. She has an extensive performance background beginning with Östgötabaletten, where she worked for six years, and later joined Norrdans, and the Barents Dance Ensemble.

Carina Bomers

A graduate of the Professional Ballet/Academic Program at NBS, Carina Bomers went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Ballet Y's. Over the course of her performance career, she has toured across Canada, Europe and the United States, working with numerous astounding dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Veronica Tennant, Karen Kain, Erik Bruhn and Celia Franca.

Deborah Bowes

A Graduate of NBS’s Professional Ballet Program, Deborah Bowes trained as a teacher under Betty Oliphant, NBS’s founding principal, and has had the privilege of instructing young dancers at NBS for the past 45 years.

Rosalie Deligioridis

Rosalie Deligioridis trained at NBS under Betty Oliphant, graduating in 1969. She joined the School's Artistic Staff in 1975, having danced with the Prologue to the Performing Arts as well as in various productions with the Canadian Opera Company and the CBC.

Evelina Krasnova-Ganina

Evelina Krasnova-Granina began her career as a professional dancer in 1976, after graduating with honours from the Academy of Classical and Character Dance in Voronez, Russia. Her impeccable technique, grace and artistic expression have been recognized on the most prestigious stages around the world in such countries as Russia, Germany, Cuba, Spain, Korea, India and more.

Aimee Geldard

Distinguished by her energetic and creative approach, Aimee Geldard is credited for being highly musical with a knack for detail. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program, Aimee graduated with distinction and received the Betty Oliphant Award honouring the most promising graduate in the field of teaching.

Alexander Gorbatsevich

Alexander Gorbatsevich received his ballet training at the Novosibirsk State School of Ballet. In 1973, having completed his study with distinction, Gorbatsevich joined the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre as a soloist and subsequently joined the Moscow Classical Ballet Company as a Principal Dancer in 1977.