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 at the 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 Recreational 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.
Teachers and Staff
Eva Zielinski S.R.B. Adv. is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Poland. She danced professionally with Baltic State Opera and Ballet Company in Gdansk, Grand Theatre in Lodz, Poland and Polish Folk Dance Ensemble "Mazowsze".
Eva earned her Master Degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and taught classical ballet at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland before moving to Canada in 1982. She holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and is a former examiner of the Society.
Eva has been teaching for Les Petits Ballets since 1986.
Born and raised in Ottawa Canada, Joanna Hughes began her dance training at the age of four. By the time she was nine, she appeared at the National Arts Center performing with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in the Nutcracker. Continuing her studies under the strict discipline at Les Petits Ballets, Joanna completed her advanced ballet exams with distinction. Although ballet was her foundation, Joanna also studied Jazz dance at Le Jazz Hot, as well as Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. At the age of 18 she left home to work aboard the Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Joanna returned to NY to further her professional dance and acting studies at Dance Space and HB Studios. During her time in NY, she continued her career in performing arts, working as a model, dancer and actress. She appeared in TV, film and commercials. She successfully opened her own performing arts company, choreographing and producing full length productions from concept to stage.
Joanna has worked as the choreographer with Les Petits Ballets since September 2012. Her past performances include Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Sleeping Beauty.
Victoria Ward S.R.B. Assoc. is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She trained for almost a decade in the pre-professional program at Les Petits Ballets, completing her advanced ballet exams and becoming a recipient of the Society of Russian Ballet’s Nesta Toumine Memorial Award. She then went on to study in the Ballet Academic Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After her time training professionally, Victoria decided to dedicate herself to teaching others her passion. She graduated from the Teacher Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2016, studying both the Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet. During her time in the program, she had the opportunity to teach for both the professional and recreational divisions of the school. Victoria is excited to return to Ottawa and to teach for the school that initially sparked her passion for dance.
Ballet Teacher and Office Administrator
Donna Caron began her ballet training in Montreal, Quebec under the direction of Midge Small. She began teaching ballet at Scarcella School of Dance in 1979 after training with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. While attending University in Toronto she danced at Ryerson University and Toronto Dance Theatre. Following a career in Dietetics, she resumed teaching in 1999 at Classical Ballet Academy where she taught for six years. Miss Donna taught with Les Petits Ballets from 2006-2016.
Donna has been Les Petits Ballets’ Office Administrator since 2008.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Ann Gordon
- Registrar: Marta Perucchi
- Secretary: Jennifer DiFruscio
- Treasurer: Beverley Duff
- Director: Karen Brunner Gilmore
- Director: Rosa Gan
- Director: Virginia Grant
- Director: Ashton Hughes
- Director: Monika Kobeticova
- Director: Jasmine van Schouwen
- Director: Elissa Burrows
- Director of Dance: Eva Zielinski