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.


Anne Cass

Gdalit Neuman

Ian Parsons

Phillip Payne

Jillian Peever