YRDSB Certified teacher
YRDSB Certified teacher
Jurgita Dronina, Principal Ballerina with National Ballet of Canada and English National Ballet.
Jurgita Dronina was born in Saratov, Russia and trained at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Lithuania and Munich International Ballet Academy in Germany.
Ms.Dronina was a Principal Dancer with Royal Swedish Ballet (2005 - 2010) and Het Nationale Ballet (2010 - 2015)
Jurgita joined The National Ballet of Canada as Principal Dancer
She is also a Lead Principal Ballerina with English National Ballet since 2017 , but remains Principal with National Ballet of Canada.
Jurgita has danced the entire classical repertoire as well as contemporary works and performed worldwide as a International Guest Ballerina with Teatro San Carlo, Arena di'Verona, Opera dell’Roma , Royal Danish Ballet, Norwegian Ballet , Hong Kong Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, performed on the world’s biggest stages in London, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Tokyo, Milan, Turin, New York, Washington - just to name a few.
Winner of Many international Ballet competitions: Gold in France
Silver in Moscow (2005),
Silver in Helsinki (2005),
Silver in Jackson (2006) .
Winner of Prestigious Alexandra Radius Prize “Dancer of the Year” 2014
Winner of Prestigious Zwaan Award, for the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty 2011 Winner of “Rotary International” Award 2008
Winner of the “Theatre Award’s “ for the “Best Performance of the Year” in Toronto, for the role of Hermoine in Ch.Wheeldon’s “Winter’s Tale” 2016
Awarded “Order of Merit, Cross of The Knight” , and “Baltic Assembly award” , for distinguished merits to Lithuania in Arts and Culture 2018
Nominee of “National Dance Critic’s Award” for the best female
classical dancer of the Year 2018
Nominee of “Benois de la Danse Prize” for the roles of Sylphide and Juliet , in 2018
Greta Hodgkinson, OOnt
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at The National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada, where she has been a Principal Dancer since 1996. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world renowned choreographers and has worked closely with such icons as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka and Crystal Pite.
As a guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet and Teatro Comunale di Firenze. She has also performed at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and Europe. Ms. Hodgkinson has also worked extensively in film and has been featured in numerous dance and fashion magazines.
In 2000, Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. In 2017, Ms. Hodgkinson was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their fields have left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond. Ms. Hodgkinson has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States.
Ms. Hodgkinson is an inspirational teacher and coach, working with professional dancers and students. In 2020, after an extraordinary 30 years as a ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, Ms. Hodgkinson was appointed to Artist in Residence with the company.
TDSB Certified teacher
TCDSB Certified Teacher
Jason Ambrose started dancing at age 16, with formal ballet training beginning a year later. He is an alumnus of the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where he was mentored by former San Francisco Ballet Soloist Edward Ellison. Ambrose was personally invited by St. Petersburg Conservatory Dean Oleg Vinogradov, as the first African American to enroll in their Ballet Master and Choreographers Degree Program and to dance with the Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Jason travels the country, and internationally, as a guest ballet teacher and classical and contemporary choreographer. He has choreographed for and coached numerous Top Three winners in the YAGP Contemporary and Classical Solo Categories as well as the 2020 Prix de Lausanne Second Prize Winner. Jason received the 2020 WBAC Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award. Ambrose has served as the Resident Choreographer for Ellison Ballet, NYC, and Ballet Master at Elite Classical Coaching in Frisco, Texas. He is currently Artist in Residence at Elite Classical Coaching and a Full Time Men’s Teacher at the San Francisco Ballet School.
Lauren was first exposed to meditation as part of her figure skating training as a child and she has used conscious relaxation and visualization techniques ever since. As the Mindfulness and Meditation Programming Coordinator for the University of Toronto she leads meditations within and beyond the classroom for students and staff. She has also taught mindfulness and yoga in the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and through numerous yoga studios. Lauren is a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist (U of T) with over 1000 hours of teaching experience. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education at the University of Toronto where she studies well-being and meditation in higher education.