Loretta comes with over 45 years of teaching experience. Loretta received her teacher’s training in London, England at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated with a Diploma in Teaching of Dance as well as becoming a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, an honor given only to those who have graduated from the Academy. Upon graduation, she taught in London for a year then moved home to Canada to teach in Edmonton for the next 11 years as Ballet Director of Castle Downs School of Dance. She staged many ballet productions including Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hansel and Gretel, The Pied Piper, Beauty and the Beast, and many others. Her production of Beauty and the Beast was invited to Romania for a Canadian-Romanian student exchange performance in Bucharest. She was then invited back to teach a summer course in Bucharest. Loretta has had the opportunity to travel twice to St. Petersburg, Russia to study in the Russian Vaganova Ballet technique with some of the best instructors of the Kirov Ballet. She now incorporates this style into her open ballet classes.
Loretta moved to Kelowna in 1995 where she became co-owner of The Pacific Interior School of Dance. During this time, she staged several more productions including the full-length Ballets of La Sylphide, The Tin Soldier, and Coppelia. In 2003, Loretta took over Stage Door Dance Studios which she ran for 3 years. She now freelance instructs and guest teaches in Canada, the USA, and Europe.
Loretta is also a BCRPA group fitness instructor, weight trainer, and personal trainer. She has also added “social dance” to her credits teaching everything from country 2-step to salsa. Loretta is now on the panel of 230 worldwide RAD Examiners and is enjoying the opportunity of seeing the world while working. Many of Loretta’s students are dancing professionally or teaching but what she is most proud of is her two children, Josh and Chelsea, who are both very successful in the dance world. Chelsea as a teacher and Josh as a world-renowned dancer/choreographer and Artistic Director of Move, the Company.
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