Founded in 1976 Les Petits Ballets is a ballet school and performing company offering high quality, affordable dance education for all ages, abilities and interests in a positive and encouraging environment.
Ballet training is based on the Vaganova style.
We recognize the importance of performing as a vital part of training for aspiring dance students and provide a unique opportunity for students to perform on stage with Les Petits Ballets' performing company.
Classes are offered at the bright, spacious studios of the newly renovated Nepean Creative Arts Centre.
Les Petits Ballets is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are a non-competitive ballet school and do not participate in competitions.
Les Petits Ballets is dedicated to providing high quality ballet instruction to children and adults. Our teaching method builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.
The Child Program provides an opportunity for young students to experience the joy of movement and music in a positive and encouraging environment. We offer Creative Dance and Ballet classes for students, ages three and up.
The Pre-professional program offers progressive ballet training for aspiring young dancers based on the Vaganova style. The program is designed to prepare students for annual examinations and to participate in our full-length story ballet productions. Acceptance into the Pre-professional program is by audition.
The Adult program is designed for individuals who want to experience the joy of movement through dance. We offer classes in the afternoons, evenings and on weekends for adults of all fitness levels and dance experience.
Victoria Ward SCBVM Assoc. - Artistic Director is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB), an Associate member of the Society of Classical Ballet and a former Les Petits Ballets student.
Victoria trained in the Professional Ballet Academic Program at the RWB with the intention of transitioning to a career in professional dance. After sustaining an injury that led to a change of direction, she completed their Teacher Training Program, studying the Vaganova style, as well as the Cecchetti Method. During her time in the Teacher Training Program, she taught in both the professional and recreational programs at the RWB.
Victoria has been teaching dance for a decade and has taught for the pre-professional and adult programs at Les Petits Ballets since 2017.
Olesya Egorov - Choreographer was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and began her training at 7 years old in rhythmic gymnastics and later joined the Ballet Academy.
Ms. Egorov graduated from the Ballet Academy in Russia in 2002. She performed soloist roles with the Krasnoyarsk Theater Opera and Ballet, and some of her credentials include dancing Pas de Trois, Big Swans, Mazurka, Spanish dance (Swan Lake), Kitri's Friends (Don Quixote), Nurida Shahriar's wife (1001 night), Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila) and more. In 2010, Ms. Egorov moved to Israel to teach and dance with Ballet Israeli. In 2013, Ms. Egorov retired from dancing to begin teaching and choreographing classical ballet and modern pieces in Israel for dance & rhythmic gymnastic schools. In 2016, Ms. Egorov was certified as a Classical Pilates instructor, which enabled her to continue exploring the human body and learn more about proper muscle functions. In 2019, she moved to Winnipeg and in 2020 she entered the Teacher Training Program with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She graduated in 2022 with her Associate qualification from Cecchetti Canada.
Ms. Egorov joined the RWB Professional Division faculty in 2021 teaching ballet and character dance. She has been the resident choreographer with Les Petits Ballets since 2023.
Eva Zielinski SCBVM Adv. - Former Director of Dance, Ballet Teacher is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Poland. She earned her Master’s Degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certificate with the Society of Classical Ballet. Eva is also a former examiner of the Society.
Eva danced professionally with Baltic State Opera and Ballet Company in Gdansk, Grand Theatre in Lodz, and Polish Folk Dance Ensemble 'Mazowsze'. She also taught classical ballet at the National Ballet School in Gdansk before moving to Canada in 1982.
Eva has been teaching for Les Petits Ballets since 1986. She retired from the position of Director of Dance in 2020 and is excited to continue sharing her passion for ballet with adult dancers.
Judy Burns - Ballet Teacher trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, completing all of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams including the Advanced level.
Judy has been a valued teacher at Les Petits Ballets for our children’s program since 1985.
Nancy Cowan - Ballet Teacher is a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. She also holds her ballroom dance licentiate membership with the Canadian DanceSport Federation and has competed professionally in ballroom dance. Furthermore, she has completed Level 2 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for rhythmic gymnastics.
Nancy has been a valued teacher at Les Petits Ballets for our adult and children’s program since 1994.
Janie Lacelle SCBVM Assoc. - Ballet Teacher is an Associate member with the The Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova method) and an active member of the Growth and Development Committee for SCBVM.
She brings over 20 years of performance, teaching, and choreography experience and is a former Les Petits Ballets student and guest dancer. In that time she has taken on many responsibilities such as assuming the Managing Director position for a growing ballet program at an Ottawa dance studio and had the pleasure of working with Ballet Jörgen as Rehearsal Master for ‘The Nutcracker’. With a degree in Child and Youth Work Ms. Janie has valuable knowledge of children and youth development which allows her to tailor her teaching approaches to various learning needs.
She has trained many dancers towards a professional career either as dancers or educators and looks forward to working with the next generation. She has taught for the pre-professional program at Les Petits Ballets since 2021.
Megan Tolmie - Studio Manager, Ballet Teacher is a graduate of the pre-professional program at Les Petits Ballets and has been dancing with the company for over 16 years.
Megan has been with Les Petits Ballets’ performing company as both a student and guest dancer since 2009, most notably as Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’, the Monkey in ‘Aladdin’, and Drosselmeyer in ‘The Nutcracker’. She has completed up to the Elementary level examination through the Society of Classical Ballet, Vaganova Method and has attended summer intensives at Ryerson University & Ballet Jörgen.
Megan has been teaching for the children’s and pre-professional program at Les Petits Ballets since 2020.
Brooke Collier - Rehearsal Director is a former pre-professional student at Les Petits Ballets and has been a dedicated dancer with the company for over 19 years.
Brooke has completed up to the Elementary level examination through the Society of Classical Ballet, Vaganova Method. Brooke has been a part of LPB’s performing company since 2006. She has attended summer intensive programs at École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She is thrilled to continue her involvement in the show as the Rehearsal Director for the Nutcracker and the Wizard of Oz.
Brooke has taught for the pre-professional and repertory program at Les Petits Ballets since 2022.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Jennifer DiFruscio
- Registrar: Genevieve George
- Secretary: Jasmine vanSchouwen
- Treasurer: Beverley Duff
- Director: Virginia Grant
- Director: Joni Woo
- Director: Meg Fraser
- Director: vacant
- Director: vacant
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