About Ms. Alina
Originally from Constanta, Romania, Ms. Alina has been dancing her entire life while traveling the globe (55 different countries!).
She studied at the National College of Arts “Regina Maria” in Constanta and graduated with her Certificate of Vocational Proficiency as a Professional Dancer acquiring choreography knowledge. In Romania she was taught and trained to teach the Russian Vaganova Ballet method. After completing her studies, Alina started her professional dancing career at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet “Oleg Danovski” and performed in various operas and ballet performances such as Traviata, Aida, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and La Fille Mal Gardee. She then branched out to take her talents all over the globe.
Starting in 2000, Alina performed different styles of dance at the Huis Ten Bosch – Amusement Park in Japan. From there she was contracted by the National Theatre of Operetta and Musical “Ion Dacian” where she toured both Germany and Austria. Furthermore, Alina spent quite some time on various luxury cruise ships such as The Queen Mary II, Carnival Fantasy, and Carnival Inspiration where she performed and taught a variety of different dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, Broadway, and ballroom.
Alina now calls Kingston home and resides here with her husband Mat and her daughter (and tiny dancer) Caleesi.
Alina is proud to say she has become an Affiliate Teacher of the Society of Classical Ballet. She loves to share her passion for technique and artistry through the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus. She has been awarded certification to bring into classes another well known program, Progressing Ballet Technique.
She can’t wait to pass on her knowledge, professional experience and passion for dance to new generations of young, aspiring dancers.
Meet the Instructors
Kathryn began dancing at the age of 7 and quickly fell in love with the art form. She trained exclusively in Jazz, Tap and Ballet and began assisting dance at age 13 and teaching dance at age 16.
Kathryn pursued dance through her higher education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
She went on to dance abroad in Italy with a contemporary study abroad program and then spent 2 seasons as a Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader before moving to New York City where she lived and trained for a year.
Upon her return to Toronto, always eager to further her dance education, Kathryn received her teacher’s certification in Jazz and Tap through ADAPT, in acro through Acrobatic Arts and became certified as an Affiliate Teacher with the Society of Classical Ballet.
Kathryn opened her own dance studio just outside of Toronto in 2008 and operated it for 12 years. Here she trained and prepared numerous students who successfully participated in and passed their SRB Ballet exams from the pre-primary through to Intermediate levels.
After welcoming her daughter in 2019 and moving to Kingston in 2021, Kathryn is now very excited to resume her original passion, teaching dance at Alina Ballerina and introducing the joy, beauty, and numerous benefits of the art of ballet to a new generation of children.
Kennedy started dancing at the age of 4 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She danced many styles, including tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and Russian ballet. Kennedy has traveled around Canada, to the US and even to Paris, France for competitions and master classes. Kennedy has participated in master classes, learning from choreographers such as Alexa Moffett, Victor Smalley, Mia Michaels, Sonya Teyah, Les Twins, and Stacy Tookey. Most meaningful to Kennedy, she won many special awards for her natural performance and passion for dance that radiated from Kennedy in class and on stage.
Kennedy started assisting when she was 12 years old and teaching at the age of 15. Kennedy continued to teach dance at her home studio and danced on her university’s competitive dance team throughout her undergraduate degree, a BSc. in Neuroscience, atDalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kennedy just completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. During this time, she continued to dance as a member of the Queen’s Dance Club in the styles of lyrical, contemporary and hip hop to keep up with her passion, technique and to maintain a work-life balance.
With her experience in neuroscience and as an Occupational Therapist, Kennedy believes that everyone should have the chance to dance and a safe place to express themselves. In her classes, Kennedy applies a strong focus on proper technique; however, ensures the environment is safe for her students’ passion and confidence to grow. Kennedy has fallen in love with the City of Kingston and is extremely excited to start teaching at Alina Ballerina!
Sarah started dancing when she was 6 years old and trained in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and hip hop. Sarah started teaching when she was 16 and enjoyed choreographing dance pieces for completions and her studio’s year end recitals. Sarah joined her university dance team during her first year, then continued to teach dance for her home studio, summer camps and for a community musical theatre company.
Since moving to Kingston to complete her Master’s in occupational therapy at Queens, Sarah has continued to take dance classes through Queen’s Dance Club and Kingston School of Dance.
Sarah has a passion for teaching children which she brings when teaching dance. She is excited to teach at Alina Ballerina and share her love of dance!
At Alina Ballerina we value B.A.L.L.E.T.
Ballet is all about the beauty and harmony in your technique. Our commitment is supported by professional practices and a unique approach in taking your needs into account and enhance the beauty of your character along with technique.
We head towards greatness in every perspective by passing on outstanding worth, exquisite artistry, and constantly surpassing the bar on our training.
We strive to help our students learn, leading them to be successful dancers.
We take immense pride in inspiring our students to power their dreams, build strong friendships along the way and stay committed to practice achieving goals collectively.
Ballet requires harmony not only among your body but between your heart and your body. Once you achieve that perfect spot, everything lines up towards that exquisite technique that you dream about.
Building our student’s technique results in fewer injuries, more flexibility, and control which powers our students to reach their best potential.