"Look at life all around; everything is growing, everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend... keeping in touch with life and with art."
Alina Ballerina is the only dance program in Kingston recognized and certified by the Society of Russian Ballet. The focus of the program is exclusively on classical ballet following the Society of Russian Ballet Syllabus. Traditions of the Russian Ballet are offered by teaching the Vaganova method. To ensure each of the young dancers receive personal attention and quality instruction, Ms. Alina limits the number of students per class.
WHAT is exactly that makes the Vaganova method unique? Vaganova training is the purest form of teaching classical ballet, it is a thorough and methodical technique which allows the dancer to learn proper use of muscles to move with control, strength and grace without introducing tension or overuse of the wrong muscles.
WHY choose the Vaganova method? Vaganova graduates are arguably more ready for the rigours of professional dancing. While there is debate over which system is the best, RAD, Cechetti, Vaganova simply put most of the world's finest dancers of the last and current century.
Meet Ms. Alina
"No one is born a dancer. You have to want it more than anything."
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 Russian Ballet. She loves to share her passion for technique and artistry through the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus and exam work.
She can’t wait to pass on her knowledge, professional experience and passion for dance to new generations of young, aspiring dancers.