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.
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.
Emily Rudenberg studied Ballet in Ottawa in the Royal Academy of Dance technique, working her way through the advanced vocational exams in her last few years of training. She spent three summers studying at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson Mississippi, where she trained in Russian and contemporary technique. During her years as a student, she had the opportunity to teach and choreograph in Ottawa and Wakefield.
In 2014 she moved to Chicago to dance with Ballet 5:8, where she had the opportunity to tour and perform in original neoclassical, classical and modern works. She was also brought in to instruct and rehearse the professional division of the school. Upon her return to Ottawa, she began coaching young dancers with professional aspirations, for auditions, variations and exams.
She is excited to join Les Petits Ballets as the Choreographer and share her love of movement with the students.
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
Lacey Smith S.R.B. Assoc. graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA (Hons.) in Performance Dance. 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 seven 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 Deitrich Group’s, This is a Costume Drama.
Lacey was the recipient of Dance Ontario’s Creative Partnership and was one of four Canadian choreographers selected by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal for their First National Choreographic Competition. In 2011, she founded Dasein Dance to further her choreographic pursuits. Lacey co-founded and directed FLUX London Dance Festival and has produced a number of shows featuring notable Canadian choreographers in addition to her own work.
For over a decade Lacey has been teaching ballet and contemporary dance, successfully entering students into their Society of Russian Ballet exams. Most recently she became a certified Pilates instructor in the Pilates Process Method. Lacey looks forward to starting a new chapter here in the Ottawa Valley and with Les Petits Ballets.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Ann Gordon
- Registrar: Marta Perucchi
- Secretary: Jennifer DiFruscio
- Treasurer: Beverley Duff
- Director: Rosa Gan
- Director: Virginia Grant
- Director: Darren Hodder
- Director: Monika Kobeticova
- Director: Joni Woo
- Director: Elissa Burrows
- Director of Dance: Eva Zielinski