Ottawa Crew 2017

Courta Smith

BKin, BA - Injury Prevention, Stretch & Strength, Rehab Therapy

Courta excited to share with participants some skills in learning exercises to prevent injury, treat injuy, strengthen, and stretch. Courta's experience in movement rehab and fitness guides participants in safely gaining flexibility and strength. Courta leads the Adaptive Dance for Teachers, and the end of day cool down and meditation.

Larissa Law

Ballet Tech

Larissa began her dance training at age 13 at Halifax Ballet Theatre. There she studied exclusively under the tutelage of Artistic Director, Clare Bader, for three years before she was accepted on scholarship to The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. Her summers were spent attending the National Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Miami City Ballet School among other prestigious intensive dance programs throughout the United States and Canada. 

 

Upon graduation in 2000, Larissa moved to London, England to attend The London Studio Centre, and the following summer successfully auditioned for The National Ballet of Ireland. In 2002 she was promoted to soloist and principal roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Dracula, and many Mixed Bill and Gala programs. Some of those roles included Kitri in Don Quixote, The Dying Swan, Isolde in Tristan and Isolde, Carrabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, Evangeline in The Song of Evangeline, and she has danced in the world premiers of Alice, The Tempest, and Lady of the Lake. 

 

Larissa received excellent reviews in many publications including The Irish Times, Dance Europe and The Dancing Times. While in Ireland Larissa was asked to join the Ballet Ireland Educational Team teaching in annual summer schools and year round youth/dance outreach programs. Larissa has been fortunate to have been coached and taught by world renowned dancers and choreographers including Dame Alicia Markova, Evelyn Heart, Rex Harrington, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Tallchief, Kyra Nichols, Kevin Mackenzie, David Howard, Edward Vilella, Dame Margaret Barbriari, Cathy Marston, Christopher Hampson, and Wayne Sleep.

 

Larissa has also danced professionally with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Independent Ballet Wales, and Images of Dance London, and as a freelance dancer. 

Brittany Lavigne

Barre Instructor, Industry Dance

Brittany works as a full-time movement instructor in Barrie, ON and the GTA.  Her passion for music and movement are undeniable as she fell in love with dance at a young age. Brittany received most of her formal dance training with The National Ballet School, and most recently George Brown College, graduating  from their triple threat Commercial Dance Program. Brittany has had the privilege to train with some of the industry’s most sought after instructors and choreographers, dancing in music videos, live back up dancing and many more events! Brittany is the founder of BarreEssentials- a pilates, yoga, dance inspired workout. She now enjoys instructing and sharing her knowledge with students at various studios across Ontario, teaching guest workshops as well as regular classes at studios in Barrie and the Toronto area.

Lindsay Parkinson

Make Up Artist

Lindsay studied Make Up Artistry in Florida and specialises in costume make up design. For junior & intermediate levels Linsday shows MBS Workshop participants how to achieve basic stage make up effects. For advanced & teacher levels Linsday shows you how to achieve certain looks, how to apply lashes, and current application techniques. Come with questions!

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Hip Hop Tops With Kids - CBC's Colleen Jones

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Reporter: Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones explores hip hop as a style of dance growing rapidly in popularity. Dance studio directors Alicia Orr MacDonald of Halifax Dance and Courta Smith of Acadia Dance Collective Community share their experiences.

Living Healthy - Rogers TV

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Courta Smith teaches host Dr Phil McAllister how to salsa dance and discusses the benefits of dance as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. 

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