From a young age, Ms. Sara-Lynne loved to dance! She participated in ballet classes from age four and continued to learn other dance styles as she travelled internationally. Upon returning to Canada, she continued her studies to teach ballet. In 2004, her studio (Ballet Classique Methusela) opened with a vision to provide dance to all who loved the art no matter their ability, age or limitations. Through Ballet Classique Ms. Sara-Lynne strives to create an environment where students are challenged and the highest levels of technical accuracy is maintained without compromising the natural joy of movement and dance. Ms. Sara-Lynne is entering her third year as Calgary co-ordinator and rehearsal instructor for the Moscow Ballet.
Shelby has been teaching with Methusela since 2010 and adores working with the many different students that Methusela trains. Shelby has been trained in the RAD style of ballet and participated in both exams and competitive dance when she was a youth.
Now Shelby is continuing her journey as a dancer through a degree in performance arts at the University of Calgary. Aside from Ballet, Shelby also dabbles in contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and dance education. She believes very strongly in the importance of fun and respect within a classroom and the possibility of using dance to strengthen the dancer both physically and emotionally.
Shelby would also like to thank the parents of dancers for enrolling their children and furthering an appreciation for the arts for yet another generation.
Irene is the owner of the Red Deer School of Ballet. She is also a resident guest at Artist Northern Lights Yukon, and an instructor at Ballet Classique Methusela in Calgary.
In the past, Irene has served as the artistic director for the Conservatory of Ballet at Red Deer College and an instructor at the School of Alberta Ballet. She has choreographed and directed many full length, storyline, theatre ballet performances.
Gemma is a graduate of Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts program in Dance. She is currently a senior undergraduate student in the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Arts Department of Dance, and is studying Irish Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary.
Gemma studied at the school of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and the Wright School of Ballet and was a member of the contemporary dance company SURGE, in Calgary. She has also assisted in coaching gymnastics in addition to her teaching at Ballet Classique Methusela, and is working towards a B.Ed. in teaching upon completing her undergraduate degree in 2012.
Arlene grew up in the City of Calgary where she trained in jazz, tap, ballet and musical theatre. Upon graduating from the Young Canadian’s School of Performing Arts, she trained at the University of Calgary and at Edge Performing Arts Centre in Hollywood. Over the years, Arlene has taught children & adults across Alberta and spent several years instructing at the International School of Bangkok and The Children’s House in Norway. Her passion for dance and children has traveled many miles!
As a child Catriona’s love of dance started with Highland and National Dance but left this style behind to pursue ballet at the Dance School of Scotland (Glasgow). This encompassed training in a wide variety of dance styles (ballet, character, point, tap, modern, jazz, creative movement, contemporary) and performing arts (singing, drama, musical theatre). She then pursued further training in classical Ballet and graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, professional division (2000).
Catriona used the Pilates method during her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to strengthen her technique and prevent injuries. Later she became a certified Pilate’s instructor. She then furthered her career studying to become a Physiotherapist graduating from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland (2006). She now works with the dance population and is the owner of Dance Physiotherapy Ltd.
Catriona has experience teaching private, semi private and group ballet classes to children and adults. She enjoys combining her knowledge as a dancer, Pilate’s instructor and Physiotherapist to help the dancer reach his/her full potential. Catriona is delighted to be teaching this year’s grade 4 and 5 ballet classes along with offering private tuition to 12 year old and up.
Kathy has been teaching dance in Calgary for the past nine years in preschools, dance studios, recreation centres, and in elementary schools, where she taught dance as part of the Physical Education curriculum. She has also choreographed dance routines for numerous school productions. She is a Ballet Member and a Modern Associate of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and an Associate in Ballet and Modern Jazz with the International Dance Teacher’s Association. In addition to her teaching, she performs with a professional dance group. Miss Kathy is keen to share her passion for ballet and looks forward to seeing her students express themselves through dance.