Following the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi (RAD), our program offers classes from Primary to Advanced Levels.
The classes are kept small to ensure that adequate attention can be given to each child. Establishing the foundation of classical ballet through proper alignment is an important part of the class but equal attention and time are also given allowing students to move across the floor through sets of jumping combinations. This builds up stamina, strengthens the bones and keeps the passion for dancing alive. Creative expression is highly encouraged as ballet is an art form that requires both technique and artistry.
In addition to developing a strong technique and musicality, students will also gain self-confidence and self-esteem through performance opportunities. Presentation skills are ones that develop over time.
While learning self-discipline and commitment, ballet students understand the satisfaction of reaching long-term goals. Those personal and group presentation skills that ballet students acquire over time follow them later on in life and become great assets to any profession.
Founder & Director
Originally from France, Mrs. Laetitia Clément graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Supérieur de Danse du Québec, where she studied under Mr. Daniel Seillier from the Paris Opera. At the age of 18, she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadians as an apprentice. She then worked as a guest with the National Ballet of Maryland and at the Banff Center for the Arts. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Clement was offered a company position with the Alberta Ballet in Calgary.
Mrs. Clement has performed and toured extensively in France, China, Japan, the USA and Canada. Her final performance took place in Vancouver while dancing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympique Winter Games.
Mrs. Clement is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher (Levels 1 to 8) and holds her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti diplomas (with Honors). She owns the International Dance Teacher Associate Ballet qualifications (IDTA) and she is a Mutually Recognized Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is also part of the Dance Faculty at Georges Brown College and a company teacher for the Ballet Jorgen of Canada.
Founder & Director
In 2019, Mrs. Clement was invited to become a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO. This admission distinguishes teachers as leading professionals on the International level. Mrs. Clement is known to bring the best out of her students in a joyful, inspiring and positive manner. Having developed an acute eye for stylistic and technical detail, she understands the physicality of ballet and can explain it in a way that makes it clear for the students to understand the muscular work required. Her passion for performing is contagious and she is looking forward to sharing it with her students!
Juliana is an emerging dance artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Born and raised in Brazil with a background strongly rooted in classical ballet, she trained in the RAD method and has completed her Advanced 2 exam.
In 2015, Juliana came to Canada to continue her studies. She has trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and graduated from George Dance in April 2017, where she continued to develop her ballet, jazz and modern technique. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for helping young dancers grow, Juliana is thrilled to be teaching and helping students discover the joy of dance.
Sierra grew up dancing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan under the direction of Hazel-Ann Stark, Linda Erickson, and Heather Myers. She trained in various genres and performed at provincial competitions, while also completing RAD Ballet and CDTA Tap exams. Over the years she attended several summer intensives, including Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Goh Ballet, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company summer intensive. In 2018 she graduated from the Dance Performance program at George Brown College. Following her graduation, Sierra joined Canada’s Ballet Jörgen as a mentorship student for their 2018-19 season, appearing in productions of Coppélia: A Comedy with Love, The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition and an original work by Alysa Pires entitled THAW. Sierra was also a collaborator and artist featured in Moving Forward: Untitled, the premiere show of the Lofty Goal Project Arts Collective.
She is thrilled to be teaching at L'Arabesque Ballet for a second consecutive year and loves her students as much as they love her !