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.
EmmaLu Romerein

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.

Ava  Phenix-Ng

Ava is entering her third year of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Growing up in Toronto, she discovered her love of dance as she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary, while completing her Advanced 2 ballet exam with the Royal Academy of Dance. Her goal is to support all dancers in deriving the most benefit from their dance classes.
Ava Phenix-Ng

Mayu Omi

Mayu started her dance training in Saitama, Japan. She performed regularly in recitals and in the city’s annual Dance Festival. In 2017, she performed in a professionally staged production by The Japan Ballet Society entitled Coppélia. Her interest in teaching led her to take the “Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages” course

Nicole Prefontaine

Nicole Prefontaine was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She trained in various styles of ballet, contemporary and character since the age of 9. At age 14, she received a scholarship to train at the San Francisco Ballet School in the USA, under the direction of Patrick Armand.

Elysse Chennette

Elysse began dancing ballet at age 6 in her hometown of Stittsville, Ontario. She trained and competed in ballet, jazz, and Irish stepdancing for 5 years before moving to Kingston, Ontario. In Kingston she completed her Bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education, and began teaching at a local studio.

Gdalit Neumen

Gdalit Neuman (BFA, MA, NBS TTP dip., AISTD) is a proud graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, where she trained with Ballet Bob! Since graduating she has taught ballet and dance pedadogy at Canada’s National Ballet School and York University's Department of Dance.

Emily Tench


Anne Cass

Ian Parsons

Phillip Payne

Jillian Peever