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 Russian (Vaganova) method.

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 in Russian (Vaganova) method. 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.


Pre-professional Program

Lacey Smith

Director of Dance

Lacey Smith SRB Assoc. graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA (Hons.) in Performance Dance and is an Associate member of the Society of Russian Ballet. For almost two decades, she has been teaching ballet and contemporary dance and most recently was certified as a Pilates instructor in the Pilates Process Method.

A passionate choreographer, Lacey was one of four Canadian choreographers selected by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, for their First National Choreographic Competition. She also was the recipient of Dance Ontario’s Creative Partnership. In 2011, she founded Dasein Dance to further her choreographic pursuits, as well as co-founding and directing FLUX London Dance Festival. Throughout this time, Lacey has had the pleasure of interpreting works by distinguished choreographers Denise Fujiwara, Robert Desrosiers, D.A. Hoskins, Andrea Nann, Gerry Trentham and Jody Oberfelder.

Over the past ten years, Lacey has worked with Fujiwara Dance Inventions on the Dora nominated production Eunoia and Moving Parts. She is also a Dora Mavor Moore recipient for her role in the ensemble of The Dietrich Group’s, This is a Costume Drama.

Lacey has been teaching at Les Petits Ballets since 2019.


Victoria Ward

Victoria Ward SRB Assoc. is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWB), an Associate member of the Society of Russian 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 close to a decade and has taught for the adult and pre-professional programs at Les Petits Ballets since 2017.



Recreational Programs

Eva Zielinski

Eva Zielinski S.R.B. Adv. 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 Russian 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.


Nancy Cowan

Nancy Cowan 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 children’s program since 1994.


Judy Burns

Judy Burns 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.


Ann Gordon

Ann Gordon studied dance at George Brown College and Ballet Shayda School of Dance. While at Ballet Shayda, a non-profit charitable organization, she performed a repertoire of original works in both classical and contemporary styles. She also holds her Elementary certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Ann has been involved with Les Petits Ballets since 1997 as a parent of a student, attending classes herself, and as a member of the Board of Directors - currently holding the position of Chair. She has been teaching in the adult program since 2015.


Megan Tolmie

Megan Tolmie is a current student in the pre-professional program at Les Petits Ballets. For over 14 years, Megan has been dedicated to taking class and participating as a member of Les Petits Ballets’ performing company. She has also attended summer intensives at Ryerson University and Ballet Jörgen.

Megan has been teaching for the children’s program at Les Petits Ballets since 2020.


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Board of Directors

  • Chair: Ann Gordon
  • Registrar: Genevieve George
  • Secretary: Jennifer DiFruscio
  • Treasurer: Beverley Duff
  • Director: Virginia Grant
  • Director: Joni Woo
  • Director: Elissa Burrows
  • Director: Jasmine vanSchouwen
  • Director: Marie France Theriault
  • Director: Megan Tolmie
  • Director of Dance: Lacey Smith