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“It’s important to build good habits and accurate basic technique in our youngest Prima Star Dancers (3-6 years) and 7-9 year-old Dancers to set them up to succeed in the more advanced technique and skills they will learn as they progress through our dance curriculum. This is why it’s important to me to hire the very best, well trained, qualified, expert dance educators to teach at my studio.” ~ Ms. Stone
Devon Stone is the Owner and Director of Collingwood School of Dance, and has studied classical ballet for over 25 years. Ms. Stone founded CSD in 2007 to fulfill a need in Collingwood and the surrounding area for high quality, expert, certified and award winning dance training. Over the past 11 years CSD has become known as the go to studio for the best dance training in Collingwood. Ms. Stone only hires the very best, well-trained, expert dance educators to teach at CSD. She believes that no matter what a child’s aspirations are as a student at CSD – recreational or competition performance team, they deserve the absolute best dance educators and training. An expert dance educator teaches students how to master dance skills and technique, not just mimic them. Ms. Stone’s ballet exam students often receive high marks in their Cecchetti Ballet Exams, and her competitive students win numerous overall and special awards for their grace and exquisite ballet technique.
Devon Stone is the only Cecchetti Qualified Ballet Teacher in Collingwood that has graduated from a Professional Ballet Teacher Training Program from one of Canada’s Top Professional Ballet Schools – the School of Alberta Ballet.
Ms. Stone has been training in the Cecchetti Ballet Method since she was 6 years old, and has passed every exam with top marks of either Highly Commended or Honours. She has received expert training from world renowned choreographers and Cecchetti Ballet Teachers, including her Teacher Training mentor, Joyce Shietze, Chairman of Cecchetti Canada.
Ms. Stone is the only Cecchetti Qualified Ballet Teacher in Collingwood to train as a professional ballet student from age 13-18 from 3 of Canada’s Top Professional Ballet Schools – The National Ballet of Canada, the Quite Ballet School and The School of Dance.
Miss Stone is certified with the following dance organizations:
The history of Miss. Stone’s dance education:
After dancing recreationally for nine years, Miss. Stone was accepted into the Professional Ballet Training Program at the Quinte Ballet School at the age of thirteen. From there she attended Canada’s National Ballet School, and then The School of Dance in Ottawa, where she graduated from their five-year Professional Ballet Program under the Artistic Direction of Joyce Shietze and Marrilee Hodgins and Co-Artistic Direction of Celia Franca. After graduating from high school Ms. Stone attended the School of Alberta Ballet and graduated from their Professional Ballet Teacher Training Program.
Highlights of Miss. Stone’s dance training and performing experience:
As a student, Ms. Stone was always very successful in her Cecchetti Classical Ballet Examinations only ever receiving top marks of Highly Commended and Honours. In 1998 Miss. Stone received the prestigious Celia Franca Scholarship Award at The School of Dance in Ottawa. In 2000 she was given the honour of performing a solo contemporary piece called Psalmo de Vente, choreographed by Owen Montague for the Happy Birthday Celia Franca Gala, presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In the summer of 2001 Miss. Stone was awarded a solo variation, choreographed by Brian Macdonald, while attending the Dance Training Program at the Banff Performing Arts Centre.
Tammi attained her full C.D.T.A. membership and taught in Ottawa for ten years at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. While there she became an accredited teacher with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), a CFL Cheerleader and spent time performing for various concerts and benefits.
Tammi is a diverse and talented teacher and choreographer, having been invited to be a guest teacher at many studios across Ontario and now calls Simcoe County home. She has had the privilege to adjudicate for Dancezone, Kiwanis and Dance Masters of America, teaching classes for their solo title scholarship competition.
Many of her students have won dancer of the year titles and her choreography has received numerous overall awards. Her students have had great success dancing with various companies, in music videos, on cruise lines, television and on Broadway in New York City. Others have gone on to further their career at the university level and continued their love of dance through teaching.
Tammi believes learning and teaching go hand in hand and continues to further her own training, always pursuing a higher education in dance.
She is looking forward to dancing with the students of Collingwood School of Dance!
Olivia Slat started dancing at the age of 4, and she quickly fell in love.
Ms. Olivia trained as a competitive dancer in jazz, ballet, hip hop, acro and lyrical, and eventually started teaching hip hop, jazz and acro classes.
Ms. Olivia regularly attends dance intensives including The Pulse and VIP dance events to keep her skills and teaching style fresh and up-to-date.
Ms. Olivia has performed as a background dancer on the hit Family television show, The Next Step.
Ms. Olivia’s passion for dance has continued to grow and she brings that joy and passion with her to the studio every day, and she is excited to share her love of dance with the students of Collingwood School of Dance.
Tara Pickford started dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t sat still since. She is committed to teaching young people how to find a passion for theatre and dance at her studio.
Tara received a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, with a major in Mind Sciences, at the University of Calgary. She is a fully certified ADAPT Teacher, Al Gilbert Teacher, and Acrobatic Arts Teacher, and a member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association.
Tara has created award-winning choreography for competitions and exciting recitals for all ages and abilities. Still in the classroom, teaching all types of dance and all ages from age 1 to pre-professional, she has a strong understanding of the hard work and the process dancers, teachers, and parents take on to get to the stage and have a great experience.
When she is not with her studio family, she is at home with her two energetic children – both dancers! She loves living for the day and inspiring her children. Now that both have started their own journeys in the dance world, Tara has a deeper understanding of what families are looking for in a studio.
Rae-Lee is devoted to helping aspiring young dance artists. Her goal is to create healthy and enthusiastic dancers who love art and will positively influence the world of dance. She began her ballet and contemporary training in Alberta at Crossings Dance Studio. Later, she danced for six years in Corps Bara Dance Youth Company traveling around Alberta, Toronto and New York City.
In 2012, she began her training in contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University where she studied modern dance and choreographic composition. Rae-Lee moved to Toronto in 2014 to learn from renowned faculty at Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. During her training at NBS she obtained her teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance.
In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary dance from Simon Fraser and her Teacher Training Diploma. She is excited to be returning to Calgary to begin spreading her the knowledge she has gained while learning from the teachers and students at APA and around the province.
She encourages all dancers to love themselves for who they are and to never give up on their passions in life.