MEET THE TEAM
"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 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.
Meredith is trained in ballet and modern dance and also enjoys latin dance. She studied ballet at Dancer’s Academy and at Vince Parrell’s Dance Centre in Toronto where she participated in Royal Academy of Dance examinations annually. She has also studied modern dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
As a performer, she has worked with choreographers Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, and Ebon Gage, among others, and has also performed as part of Older and Reckless at Harbourfront Centre.
Meredith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University, a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King's College, and a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies from Queen's University. She is a founding member of the Kingston Stilters, a stilt-walking troupe that has performed at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Queen’s University, the Kingston Pride Parade and as part of the City of Kingston’s Culture Days, among other events.
She has extensive experience working with the community, including as Chair of the Kingston Arts Council and as a board member at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre.
She has taught in the Young Dancers program at the Kingston School of Dance and with the Queen’s Salsa Club. She is thrilled to start on a new adventure and teach all of the wonderful Preschool Stars at Alina Ballerina.
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!