L’Arabesque Ballet Program
Is directed and taught by former principal dancer Laetitia Clément.
Following the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi (RAD), it 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 is 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.
From a physical standpoint, the isometric techniques employed across ballet study allows students of all ages to build elongated yet strong arms and legs and develop great body awareness.
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 and become more fun and more fulfilling -- and far less intimidating -- with practice. 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 professions.
Program Director and Ballet Teacher
Originally from France, Mrs Laetitia Clément graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Supérieur de Danse du Québec, where she studied under the guidance of 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, first under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen and subsequently under the artistic direction of Jean Grand Maître.
After starting as a corps de ballet , Mrs Clement moved up to soloist to eventually become a principal dancer in 2001.
Her repertoire includes many works from Georges Balanchine such as Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Four Temperaments and Who Cares as well as classics such as the Nutcraker, A Midsummer Night’s dream and Sleeping Beauty.
Mrs Clement favorite roles include the title role in Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, Emilia in Othello, The Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum in the Nutcraker, Michaela in Carmen and The Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
She was part of the original cast of nationally acclaimed contemporary works such as The Fiddle and the Drum or Love Lives Bleeding from famous Canadian choreographer and artistic director Jean-Grand Maître.
Mrs Clement has performed and toured extensively in France, China, Japan, USA and Canada . Her final performance took place in Vancouver while dancing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympique Winter Games.
After 15 years as a professional ballerina, Mrs Clement retired from the stage to be more dedicated to her family. She also brings 16 years of teaching experience as she's always kept teaching while performing.
Soon after leaving the stage, Mrs Clement was invited to teach in the Professional Division of the School of Alberta Ballet, under the artistic direction of Mr. and Mrs. Kilgour, senior pedagogues from the Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
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.
Recently in 2019, Ms Clement was invited to become a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO. This admission distinguishes teachers as leading professionals on International level.
Mrs Clement is known to bring the best out of her students in a joyful, inspiring and positive manner.
As a very athletic dancer herself, Mrs Clement has 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 for ballet technique. Her passion for performing is contagious and she is looking forward to sharing it with young dancers of all ages !
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.