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

Canada’s National Ballet School Ballet staff bring a love of dance, years of experience and expert training honed through professional dance experience and/or continuing professional development to their teaching. All Ballet teachers are graduates of the Teacher Training Program at NBS and many have taught at the School for over 25 years. 

Mavis Staines

Visionary dance educator Mavis Staines has revolutionized the way dance is taught, performed, witnessed and shared across Canada and around the world. Over her 30-year tenure as Artistic Director of Canada’s National Ballet School, she has cemented the School’s reputation as the leading champion of excellence, access, and inclusion in dance.

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 is the Developer of Creative Resources and Ballet Historian at Canada’s National Ballet School. In this capacity, her responsibilities include teaching the History of Dance in both the Professional Ballet and Teacher Training Programs and co-coordinating Career Planning for the senior students.
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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.

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.

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.

Deborah Hess

Deborah Hess trained in New York at the American Ballet Theater School with Valentina Pereyaslavec and subsequently with Kathleen Crofton before dancing with American Classical Ballet, Ballet de Wallonie in Belgium, Ballet Gulbenkian in Portugal and the New London Ballet in England. In her performance career she danced a wide range of roles from the classical, such as Odette in Swan Lake to soloist roles in contemporary works by such renowned choreographers as Lar Lubovitch.

Young Joo Lee

Young Joo Lee received her early dance training at the Sun Hwa Dance Academy in Seoul, Korea. She has an extensive dance education and holds a BA and M.P.E. in dance, both from Ewha Womans University. From 1995 to 1996, she studied the Vaganova teaching method at the Universal Ballet Academy also in Seoul, and in September 2004, joined the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada's National Ballet School.
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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.

Kristen Mason

Kristen Mason is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program. Following graduation, she spent three years teaching ballet abroad in Scotland, where she gained expanded insight and fresh approaches to teaching.

Talar Margarosyan

Talar Margarosyan started her ballet training at the Istanbul State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey, and then joined the full-time ballet program offered at Istanbul State University. She later went on to complete two years of intensive ballet study at the Istanbul University Ballet Department, where she received a Master's degree.

Robert McCollum

Robert McCollum (Ballet Bob) trained in New York City and went on to dance professionally in both the US and Canada. Acclaimed for his expertise in teaching adults, Robert holds a Cecchetti Associate teaching qualification (with Distinction) and is a graduate of our Teacher Training Program.

Ashleigh Powell

Ashleigh Powell is teacher in the Professional Ballet Academic Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). As Head of Community Dance Programs, Ashleigh works with partner across the education, community programming and sport sectors to bring the widespread benefits of dance to all Canadians.

Teresa Randall

Teresa Randall hails from England and was a scholarship ballet student of the Royal Academy of Dance, London UK. Today she is an Examiner for the RAD and tutors new ballet teachers through the RAD Faculty of Education.

Anuschka Roes

Anuschka Roes has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She teaches classical ballet, national/character dance, Benesh Movement Notation and pedagogy. Roes has been particularly active in promoting the study and use of the Benesh Movement Notation throughout Canada, and she has produced a series of informational training videos about the concept that can be viewed on YouTube.

Angie Seto

Angie Seto is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Teacher Training Program and has also studied dance at Ryerson and York Universities. She joined the NBS faculty in 2005 and is the Manager of Community Dance Programs for Seniors. Angie is an integral member of NBS’ Community Initiatives team.

Raymond Smith

Born in Scotland, Raymond Smith began his dance training at the age of 11 in London, Ontario. He was admitted to Canada's National Ballet School two years later, where he completed the rest of his training. In 1975, Raymond joined the National Ballet of Canada and was promoted to principal dancer in 1980.

Sergiu Stefanschi

A graduate of St. Petersburg's Vaganova Academy, Sergiu Stefanschi won the silver medal at the first International Ballet Competition at Varna, Bulgaria, in 1964. He was a principal dancer with the Bucharest Opera House, le Théâtre Français de la Danse, and the National Ballet of Canada. Sergiu has been a full-time teacher at NBS since 1979, and has been a major influence in the development of the School's approach to classical ballet training.