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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.
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.