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Adela Cleverley has been training in ballet and highland dance since the age of 9. She has performed in many shows with the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts, including Dancing for Life and Dancing for Life... Because You Can. Adela is a competitive highland dancer and has been teaching competitive and recreational highland since 2008. In 2012, she became a fully qualified Member of the BATD for highland, and she is now a Member of the SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance). Adela has also been teaching Ballet and Contemporary since 2012, and Adult Dance since 2015. She is currently studying to become a highland dance adjudicator, and working towards her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance).
Adela graduated in 2016 after five years of training in the Dance program at York University in Toronto, having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as a concurrent Bachelor of Education at the Primary-Junior level. At York, Adela studied classical and contemporary ballet, improvisation and Skinner Release Technique, and a range of modern dance techniques including Graham and Limón. She was able to expand and enrich her dance background with studies in choreography, conditioning, dance history, and dance kinesiology, as well as courses in early child development and motor learning for dance. In her time at York University, Adela also had the opportunity to perform twice in the school’s annual production of York Dances, and has been inspired by the countless professional modern dance and ballet shows she was able to attend each year.
Adela has had the pleasure of training under many notable Dance Artists, including Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Tracey Norman, and Helen Jones.
Until 2017, Adela taught Highland, Ballet and Contemporary at the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts. Now the Owner and Artistic Director of the new Academy, Adela continues to train dancers in these styles as well as teaching Preschool, Adult Dance, and Parent & Tot. She has put three full dance recitals on stage, including The Nutcracker in 2018. Through her years of training at the OSAPA and York, Adela discovered a real passion for teaching and creating dance and is excited to continue sharing her art with this community.
Ballet, Adult Dance & Cross Training Teacher
Karina McKerroll began dancing at the Sheila Milne School of Dance when she was three years old. She became a competitive highland dancer, travelling throughout Ontario and North America to compete and perform. Karina completed her BATD Highland Dance Medal Tests as well as achieving her Associates’ with the BATD. Karina also began studying RAD (Royal Academy of Dance Ballet), studying under a variety of highly qualified teachers including Nadine Gibney, Theodore Constant, and Elisha Ganz Galotti. Karina fell in love with ballet, and soon completed her RAD Advanced One examination at DanceMakers in Owen Sound. Karina trained in a variety of other styles over the years including Irish, Modern, and Musical Theatre. She also had the opportunity to travel to Scotland and perform with a group called Celtic Accent, led by Ann Milne and a pipe band, The 78th Frasers.
Karina participated in many performances throughout high school, including local productions of Gypsy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Fiddler on the Roof. After high school Karina decided to pursue a career in the performing arts, auditioning for and attending Randolph Academy for the
Performing Arts for two years. There she studied dance, singing, and acting under such inspiring teachers as Faye Rauw, Linda Garneau, Alina Adjemian, Rosanna Saracino, Darlene Spencer, Todd Campbell, Tee and Greg Schneider, Deborah Tennant, Denise Norman, Jeffrey Huard, and David Dunbar, as well as George Randolph himself. Karina went on to work on a few short films in the GTA, and began teaching ballet, lyrical, tap, and highland in the Toronto Beaches. She also had the opportunity to co-create a Christmas show, and an Easter Parade.
Karina later went back to school to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ryerson University, and she continued taking dance classes and teaching at studios in Toronto. Soon she joined a company called Nexx Level and performed throughout the GTA. Karina can’t wait to contribute, choreograph, and continue along her performance, teaching, and mentoring journey. She believes in creating space for children to learn, grow, and develop their problem solving-skills, through movement. She has a passion for following her dreams, and leads by example. Karina has thoroughly enjoyed helping to teach and inspire young dancers throughout the years and she can’t wait to be back on a big stage, continuing to teach and inspire other dancers along the way.
Highland & Ballet Teacher
Siobhan Lehtovaara has been dancing since the age of 4 and has trained in highland, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. As a championship highland dancer, she has had the opportunity to dance all around North America as well as in Scotland.
Siobhan has completed her pre-professional exams with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and the SDTA (Scottish Dancers Teachers Alliance). She has also been nominated for North American Highland Dance Scholarships for the past 4 years. Siobhan successfully completed her Associates' exam to become a certified teacher with the SDTA in the spring of 2019.
Over the years Siobhan has assisted with many Highland and Ballet classes and began teaching her own classes in 2018. She has also participated in many performances put on by the Owen Sound Dance Academy and the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts, including Just Delete, a musical about cyber bullying by the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts. Siobhan is excited to expand her teaching repertoire and cannot wait to share her love and knowledge of dance with students of the Academy this year.
Karina Rodgers has been dancing since the age of 5, and has trained across many disciplines including highland, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern and musical theatre. Karina competed in highland dance for more than 13 years, participating in numerous competitions and workshops across Canada, the United States and Scotland. Karina was accepted to Canada’s National Ballet Summer School and the Quinte Ballet School. She has participated in many productions with the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts such as Dancing for Life and Dancing for Life... Because You Can, which combined raised over $80,000 for local charities. She also performed in the production Just Delete, which was in partnership with bullying support groups such as, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Wes for Youth.
Karina received the rating of Highly Commended for her Highland Associates' exam with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing). She has taught Highland and Ballet to several different age groups at the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts. For several years she was honoured and rewarded with the opportunity to volunteer weekly with Community Living to share her passion for dance while helping instruct dance classes. She also taught Highland to students at the University of Guelph, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in Human Kinetics in the spring of 2019. Karina is very excited to return to teach at the Owen Sound Dance Academy this upcoming season.