Today was my first day taking virtual contortion and handstand press classes with KY Dance. I found my instructor (Victoria K) over Instagram and after following her for some months, I decided to give her classes a try. I'm an adult learner, so I was curious about how well a virtual session would go. I liked that the class size was small, and the instructor gave feedback evenly to each student. Even though there were students on different levels, there was always an adaptable skill for each level, so no one was left out. The classes were well-balanced with strengthening, technique work, and skills, so you never got bored. I'm very excited about continuing classes, and how far I can progress in these courses!
Victoria Ellingham’s dance educator career began when she became an assistant teacher at the age of fifteen while living in the UK. Growing up Victoria studied both in Canada and the UK in the dance styles of ballet, tap, lyrical, gymnastics, hip-hop, and character, with a primary focus and interest on jazz.
Victoria continued her studies beyond high school into college, and after graduating from the dance program at George Brown in Toronto, Victoria continued her studies in England at the Cambridge Performing Arts College, graduating in 2009 with a National Diploma in Professional Dance. Victoria has also obtained her BA Hons from Middlesex University and her teacher’s certification from Acrobatics Arts.
Victoria is a certified Alixa Flexibility instructor and 200-hour yoga teacher. She has obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Dance Teaching) through the Royal Academy of Dance and University of Bath, and continues to expand her knowledge in dance and fitness while working on her 500-hour yoga teacher certification.
Victoria continues to perform and teach various dance styles around Canada and internationally, including Ukrainian folk dance ensemble, Kalyna Performing Arts. Victoria has won awards for her work in Ukrainian folk dance, such as being a recent recipient of Ukrainian Dance World magazine’s photo competition for her solo in Kalyna’s “Kozachok”. Victoria has also participated in The Dance Current’s “Emerging Art Critics Programme”, producing two published articles with them. In Victoria’s spare time, she participates in circus classes such as Acrobatics, aerials (silks and hoops), and hand balancing.