Summer Dance Intensive

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Studio A
Andrea Palmer

Bring your dance technique & performance to the next level this summer!


Our summer intensive offers students the chance to strengthen their technique, enhance their artistry and challenge themselves in a dynamic and inspirational setting. This is an exceptional opportunity for motivated young students to train with some of the best professionals in their fields.

Join us for five days of challenging, energetic, and inspiring classes where students can meet others who share the same intensity and passion for dance!

Interested students may register for either the Junior Intensive (ages 10 to 12) or Senior Intensive (ages 13+). Both streams run consecutively in our beautiful waterfront studios at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (370 King St. West, Unit 303) in Kingston, Ontario.

 Classes are offered in a wide variety of dance techniques and styles including:

Ballet Technique (Daily)

Contemporary (Daily)

Jazz (Daily)

Improvisation/ Floor-work



As well as informative seminars on nutrition for dancers, history of dance and dance as a career.

Registration Fee:  $260.00




Stephana Arnold- Ballet

A native Hamilton, Ontario, Stephana Arnold attended the Canada’s National Ballet School where she received the prestigious Peter Dwyer Award and Honours standing on her Intermediate and Advanced Cecchetti Ballet Examinations. Upon graduation, she danced with several small companies before being asked to join the National Ballet of Canada in 1992-1995. In 1996, Stephana joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and quickly rose through the ranks to First Soloist. With her dynamism and dramatic stage presence, she danced a wide and eclectic variety of Principal and Soloist roles in Concerto Barocco , Nutcracker, Queen of Spades, Giselle, Pillar of Fire and Symphony of Songs to name a few. She was also a favourite muse for many choreographers and worked with such names as James Kudelka, Eduoard Lock, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Shawn Hounsell, Septime Webber and Kevin O’Day. Stephana was invited to dance at many Gala evenings such as tributes to Celia Franca, Evelyn Hart and other highly respected dance festivals across Canada. The year 2003 brought her to Ballet British Columbia where she danced a diverse array of Principal roles, from the Woman in Mark Godden’s Conversation Piece, John Alleyne’s Faerie Queen, Kylian’s Petit Mort and lastly, Jean Grand-Maitre’s Carmen to rave reviews in 2007. While still dancing she became Ballet B.C.’s Company Teacher from 2004-2009. In 2010, Stephana came out of retirement to dance in the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Currently she is an Award Winning Choreographer, Resident Choreographer for Catching Art Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Senior Coach at Pro Arte Centre in North Vancouver and is a sought after Guest Teacher, Adjudicator and Personal Trainer.  ( Stephana Arnold joined Fraser Valley Academy of Dance as a guest teacher for classical ballet during our August 2017 Summer Intensives. 


Shawn Hounsell (Contemporary)


Originally from Saskatchewan, Canadian choreographer Shawn Hounsell danced professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal between 1989 and 2003. An award winning choreographer, Shawn has created and staged pieces for numerous Canadian companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Kelowna, Les Jeunes Ballets du Québec and Festival Dance Company. Many of his duets have been performed in galas across the globe including the Prix de Lausanne Gala (Tokyo, Japan) and the Cincinnati International Gala of Ballet Stars (Cincinnati, Ohio).In addition his works have been performed by American companies such as Ballet Pacifica and in Europe by the Ballet of the National Theatre of Prague.


Originaire de la Saskatchewan, le chorégraphe canadien Shawn Hounsell a dansé professionnellement pour le Royal Winnipeg Ballet et Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, de 1989 à 2003. Chorégraphe primé, Shawn Hounsell a créé et monté des œuvres pour de nombreuses compagnies, dont Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Kelowna, Les Jeunes Ballets du Québec et le Festival Dance Company. Bon nombre de ses duos ont été présentés lors de galas internationaux, incluant le Prix de Lausanne (Tokyo, Japon) et le Cincinnati International Gala of Ballet Stars (Cincinnati, Ohio). De plus, ses œuvres ont également été présentées par plusieurs compagnies américaines, notamment Ballet Pacifica et en Europe par le Ballet du Théâtre National de Prague.






Loes Ruizeveld (Floor-work and Improvisation)

Loes Ruizeveld  is a graduate of  the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam,  Netherlands.  She has also earned  diplomas in Ballet and Modern dance from the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich, Germany. In Germany, Loes Ruizeveld performed  with  the Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich , as well as in Chemnitz and Augsburg.Returning back to the Netherlands Loes performed independently in co-productions with the National Ballet and collaborated with many other artist/choreographers including Paul S Norton, Shuzaku, Piet Rogie, Truus Bronkhorst and Gerard Mosterd.

Ruizeveld has performed at many dance festivals throughout the Netherlands, as well as  the Ukraine, Moscow, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Morocco.

As a choreographer, Loes has collaborated  frequently with renowned fashion designer Said Mahrouf  for several  projects/events. Enjoying the exchange of ideas across  artistic milieus  Loes has  choreographed for and with other professional dancers as well as actors throughout her career

Loes Ruizeveld has worked extensively with Teatro Pavana; a renowned street theatre group in Amsterdam, which is internationally acclaimed for its  inventive stilt walking/ dance performances. She gives regular workshops for Les  Transporteurs de Reves (The Dream Circus) a theatrical circus company based in Quebec, and brings her unique creativity and magic to the art of stilt walking in Festivals throughout Quebec and Europe.

Since moving to Canada in 2011, she has focused on  research of  dance improvisation/ creative movement  and authentic movement. Currently she shares her knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance as a teacher and award –winning choreographer at the School of Ballet Ouest, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Tianna Weatherdon (Jazz)

Tianna Weatherdon is 25 years old and was born in Kingston, Ontario. She started dancing at 3 years old at T.K. Danceworx. By age 6, she started competing in dance and would continue to compete through high school and university in a wide range of styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Throughout her competitive dance years, she has accumulated many titles, overall awards, and even represented Canada on the world stage in 2010 for tap, and in 2012 for Jazz/Contemporary. She graduated with a degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University in 2019 after having studied courses such as Exercise Physiology, Psychology, and Sociology; Anatomy, Coaching, and many others that can be applied to dancers as well as other athletes. Tianna’s favourite style is Jazz, but she also enjoys Tap and Acrobatics. Tianna plans on continuing her dance journey whether it be in Kingston teaching or auditioning for dance jobs outside of the city.