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.
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.
Evelyn started dancing competitively at the age of 9 and completely fell in love! Her passion for jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and tap excelled as she danced several times a week. She continued to compete until she was 18, when she graduated from her studio in Toronto. Evelyn has won scholarships from Jump and NUVO Dance Conventions and modelled costumes in a fashion show for Dance Attack. Evelyn started assisting classes at the age of 12 and teaching at 14. At 17, Evelyn began choreographing competitive routines and genuinely fostered a love for teaching others her passion for dance.
Evelyn believes everyone should feel safe and comfortable while dancing and expressing their emotions through movement. Her teaching style is creative with technical foundations relating to real-world aspects - such as pretending to leap over puddles and grabbing clouds while on tippy toes, drawing colourful lines with pointed toes and stirring cupcake batter with strong arms! Her approach intrigues young dancers and incorporates a fun experience while learning the basic foundations of ballet and jazz. Evelyn is in her first year at Queen’s University, pursuing a bachelor of General Arts. She is always eager to continue learning and excited to be a part of the dance environment at Alina Ballerina!
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.