Evelyn Finlayson-Kelly (Artistic Director)
Fellow CSC-CICB, Maestro Cecchetti Diploma
ARAD, CDTA, DMC (Jazz, Tap, Acro), RYT-200 (Yoga)
Evelyn began her study of Ballet at the age of 7 at a private school in her hometown of Richmond Hill, Ontario. She completed Ryerson University’s Dance Program, obtaining advanced and professional teaching credentials in both RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and National methods. Evelyn toured and danced with the critically acclaimed Les Ballets-Jazz de Montreal (bjm danse) after which she performed in numerous CBC television and stage productions as a freelance artist.
In 1986(to present) Evelyn founded The Bracebridge School of Ballet and concurrently studied for The Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and Fellowship exams at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Many of Evelyn’s students have established professional dance careers across Canada and the United States.
As Artistic Director of a thriving studio for more than three decades, holding CSC, CDTA and DMC active memberships, Evelyn enjoys many guest teaching and choreographic engagements. She is the Past Secretary for The Cecchetti Society of Canada’s Ontario Branch was part of the planning committee to organize the Cecchetti National Summer Conference ‘13 at The National Ballet School in Toronto. Her motto is "Never stop moving!"
DMC (Jazz, Tap, Acro) Graduate BBS entire curriculum
Shannon Morrison has been dancing with the Bracebridge School of Ballet since the age of 4. She started assisting in classes when she was 14-years-old and quickly realized her affinity for teaching. Under the wing of her mentor, Artistic Director Evelyn Finlayson-Kelly, she began teaching in 2007 and has been on our teaching staff full-time since then. She enjoys guest teaching in Muskoka and surrounding areas, but her heart lies here with us in Bracebridge! In 2013 Shannon won the YWCA's Young Woman of Distinction award after being nominated by two students of BSB Dance Arts. She is currently certified with DMC (Dance Masters of Canada) in Jazz, Tap and Acro and is looking forward certifying with Acrobatic Arts in November 2017. Shannon loves to teach dance because she loves being able to watch the students grow and progress in all areas: confidence, style, artistic abilities, attitude and performance and how that carries over into their everyday lives outside the studio. As the Assistant to the Artistic Director, you'll see her face at the front desk often. Shannon looks forward to watching our returning students grow and meeting many new faces this season!
Edelisa Palileo has studied dance for over 25 years. She graduated from the dance program at MayfieldSchool of the Arts, continued her dance education at York and Ryerson Universities, andlater, attended the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2005 she received her certificate in ADAPT syllabus - 3 year, Teachers Training Program (TTS) in Tap & Jazz. Through her years of training, she has had wonderful opportunities to learn from many influential choreographers such asPeggy Baker, Danny Grossman and Desrosier. She has a solid background in ballet and modern, and enjoyed learning many other dance styles through out her training, such as belly dancing, salsa, and flamenco. Edelisa has been part of the staff at the Bracebridge School of Ballet since 2006 . She is inspired to share her love of dance's kinesthetics, artistry and musicality with such spirited students. Edelisa is also a Registered Massage Therapist and practices in Bracebridge.
Marq Frerichs began training at the age of eleven at the George Brown School of Dance. He attended the Professional Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (1982-1985). He then moved to Ulm Germany on offer to work in the Stadt Theatre Ulm under Pierre Wyss. For two seasons he worked with the ballet, opera and theater companies, honing his theatrical skills. Ulm incited his understanding of the diversity of the stage and the vast outreach of dance and the arts.Upon returning to Toronto he joined Desrosiers Dance Theater as a principal dancer. After 5 years he became the company’s ballet master and fulfilled both positions to complete a decade long role in the company. Desrosiers toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia. As ballet master he taught master classes for Desrosiers, notably at the Aspen Dance Festival and at SUNY Purchase. Marq proceeded to pursue a career as an independent dancer and teacher working with Cas Public in Montreal and the Chimera Project in Toronto; with Cirque Du Soleil throughout North America and Japan, and partnering with Celine Dion on The Colour of My Love North American tour. He has also performed in various film and television productions. Throughout this, Marq sashayed at the Globe and Mail as the in-house wardrobe stylist where he brought his theatrical flare to the designs on the pages of the weekend Style section.
In 2010 Marq obtained his teaching diploma and Cecchetti Associate from Canada’s National Ballet School, both awarded with Distinction. From 2013-2014 Marq was the Head of Ballet at Gotta Dance Studio in Toronto.
He is a member of the artistic staff at Canada’s National Ballet School, Guest Teacher at the Quinte School of Ballet and a freelance dance teacher in Toronto.
Rebecca’s training began at the age of 10 at The Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s professional dance program. She completed the Cechetti Adv. 2 exam with honours and went on to graduate the QBSC program. In 2003, she went on to dance with the Cuban National Ballet Company. She furthered her dancing career in 2005 by attending The Rock School in Philadelphia and The Banff Centre’s professional dance company in Alberta. Rebecca has since retired her ballet career to pursue a professional career in Nursing, which allows her to help people daily. With her love of ballet and dance she now returns to teaching to help future students pursue their dance aspirations.