Canada’s National Ballet School’s Adult Ballet instructors' biographies.

Robert McCollum, Adult Ballet Co-ordinator

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 NBS’ Teacher Training Program.
RobertMcCollum, Adult Ballet Co-ordinator

Iain Rowe

Iain Rowe was born and raised in Canada and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Following his graduation, he joined the Royal Danish Ballet, where he performed in a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire including world premiere creations by Jiří Kylián and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Samantha Etzel

Samantha Etzel is a teacher and a dancer from Stoney Creek, Ontario. She received her training in various styles including ballet, jazz, and contemporary at Steps Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton. Etzel is a dance major at York University, Toronto, where she focuses on dance education. Currently, she is completing her final year in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School as a part of York University’s joint diploma program.

Caitlin Marziali

Caitlin Marziali is in her final year of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from York University and a certificate in Dance Performance from George Brown College. She has also spent the last 8 years as a rehearsal director for Ballet Jörgen Canada. Outside of teaching, she has performed nationally and internationally in dance and circus.

Emma Lu Romerein

Emma holds her Registered Teaching Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, a certificate in the Teachers’ Training Program at the National Ballet School, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University’s Theatre/Dance Program and a Diploma of Modern Dance from The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre.
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Sayuri Nagasawa

Sayuri had her first ballet performance at the age of 3. She has then spent her childhood and teenage years training across the globe in the USA, Australia, and Japan. Upon her high school graduation, she trained classical ballet at the London Studio Centre in London, England. She then joined the Cannes Jeune Ballet, and danced professionally in Europe and in Japan. Upon her high school graduation, she trained classical ballet at the London Studio Centre in London, England.

Bronwyn Roberts

Bronwyn started dancing at the age of three in her home province of Prince Edward Island. She trained in RAD ballet, jazz and theatre dance and later moved on to studying contemporary and modern dance at Simon Fraser University. Currently she is a Toronto based dancer and teacher in her third year as a student at Canada's National Ballet School in their Teacher Training program.

Naya Valdellon

Naya started her dance training in Manila, Philippines. She moved to Toronto, where she took ballet exams in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus up to the Advanced foundation level. She also has a Master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is currently in the accelerated Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School and also teaches ballet to young children and teens.

Kailey Sanford

Kailey Sanford is from Middle Sackville Nova Scotia, where she first started dancing at the age of 5 and grew a passion and love for the art form. She has trained in various styles at Maritime Dance Academy and Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, a Private Career College where she graduated with a diploma in their teacher training program. There she became certified in the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

Sarah Stratford

Sarah Stratford is a ballet teacher and choreographer from Toronto, Ontario. She is currently in her final year in the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. She trained competitively for years prior to transitioning into teaching as well as directed and choreographer for the Northumberland Players Youth Theatre Program.

Elisabeth Leyds-Holmes

Elisabeth Leyds-Holmes is a graduate of both our Professional Ballet Program and our Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School. She has taught dance throughout Ontario with a focus on preparing students for Cecchetti examinations, and has also spent several summers teaching at The School of Dance in Ottawa.

Michiko Nishimura

Michiko started her dance training at a private ballet school in Japan. Since then, she has danced various roles as a soloist ranging from the traditional classic ballet to contemporary dances. In 2006, to advance her skills, she took a ballet-training course at École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. Michiko went on to teach ballet classes for dancers from 3-years-old to adults.


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