Alexandra Laverdière – Jazz (Teenagers/Adults)
Born in Montreal, Mrs Laverdière started off her teaching career as an assistant at École de Ballet Anjou and continued her training in dance with Les Ballets Renée Tremblay. She then enrolled as a coach for the Salto Gymnastics Club and the Regroupement Élite de Patinage Artistique de Montréal, training young skaters for competition. Since 2008, Mrs Laverdière works as a Paralegal at the CSST. She joined Ballet Coppelia in 2007 as a dancer and teacher.
Christine Paulino – Classical Ballet & jazz (3-4 year-olds/Teenagers)
Born in Montreal, Mrs Paulino started her training in dance at the age of 5 with École de Ballet Anjou to later hone her craft at the Conservatoire de danse de Montréal. More recently, she performed with Concordia University’s Leonardo Project, a program for advanced performance studies. Her teaching experiences include École de ballet Anjou, the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’île and Ballets Renée Tremblay. Mrs Paulino holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters’ degree in Communications. She also works as a journalist and translator.
Heidi Marie Rood – Classical Ballet (Adults)
Mrs Heidi Rood graduated from Indiana University School of Music and College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in Music and an Outside Field, as well as a major in Ballet Performance. She then appeared as a guest artist at the Sawnee Ballet School in 1995 and at the Cincinnati Ballet School in 2000 and 2001. Her dancing career was launched. From 1996 to 2000, she was part of the corps de ballet with the State Ballet of Missouri and the Cincinnati Ballet. Mrs Rood then joined the Grands Ballets Canadiens in 2000 to move up to demi-soloist and soloist from 2001 to 2008. She joined the Ballet Coppelia Staff in 2010.
Liliana Pérez Jaramillo – Classical Ballet (pre-professional program & 6-16 year-olds)
Born in Colombia, Mrs Pérez graduated from Incolballet with a bachelor’s degree in Arts. After studying methodology with Clara Carranco (Ballet National de Cuba), she lands a teaching position at Incolballet and joins Ballet de Cali as a solist, under the care of Alicia Alonso and Gloria Castro. After having worked in France, Cuba and in the United States of America, she enrolled in many international competitions and won the silver medal at Trujillo’s competition in Peru. Once in Canada, she danced with the Alberta Ballet and joined Ballet Coppelia in 2010.
Paola Rodriguez Sterling – Classical Ballet (pre-professional program & adults)
Born in Colombia, Mrs Rodriguez Sterling trained in Classical Ballet at Incolballet (Colombia) where she graduated with honours; she holds a bachelor’s degree in Classical Ballet (Teaching) from The National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance (Mexico). Mrs Rodriguez Sterling performed both in Colombia (Ballet Santiago de Cali) and Mexico (Compania de Danza y Teatro Takla Makan, Compagnia de Ballet Hidalguense, Compania San Juan de Letran, Compania Metropolitana de Danza) where she honed her teaching skills in Classical and Folkoloric dance. After receiving the silver medal in choreography at the Veracruz Competition in 2008, she enrolled in a Master’s program at UQAM where she was offered the FARE Excellence Grant. Mrs Rodriguez Sterling joined Ballet Coppelia in 2011.
Vanessa Quilez – Classical Ballet (3-5 year-olds)
Vanessa Quilez holds a university degree in Communication and dance from Paris – she specialized in contemporary dance as well as classical and jazz ballet. In 1999, she completes a licence in « Arts du spectacle » with option in Modern dance, at Saint-Denis University in Paris. The same year, Ms Quilez chooses l’UQUAM to complete her studies in modern dance. She also joins the professional teacher’s programme in classical dance offered at Ballet Divertimento as well as the training programme in Social and Latin dance at San Tropez dance school where she teaches for 7 years. Her great love for children’s education then leads her to teach the Montessori Method in various schools throughout Montreal (2004-2010). From 2010 to 2012, she joins Caroline Paré Latin dance school and performs in many salsa congresses and festivals. Selected to be part of the « Danse Scream Academy », Vanessa Quilez goes back to dedicating herself to classical ballet as she joins the Ballet Coppelia staff in 2013.
Camélia Letendre – Jazz Ballet (9-12 year-olds/13-15 year-olds)
Ms Camélia Letendre graduates with a DEC in dance from Cégep de Dummondville were is also completes a AEC in teaching dance (2014). She also obtained her Bachelors Degree in Special Education in the Spring of 2018 and she currently practices as a Special Needs Educator. With more than 7 years of experience as a ballet jazz teacher, Ms Letendre has taken part in many productions such as « The Nutcracker » presented by Ballet Ouest (2002-2009) and Eddy Toussaint (2015). She is currently taking part in a Professional Development Program in Contemporary Dance under the supervision of Stéphanie Decourteille. After taking part in a dance stage at Domaine Forget, Ms Camélia Letendre joins the Ballet Coppélia Staff.
Caroline Namts – Classical Ballet (8-13 year-olds)
Born in Montreal, Ms Caroline Namts graduates from Ballet Divertimento’s danse-études and professional teaching programs (ballet & contemporary dance) in 2016. During her training, she works with well known choreographers such as James Gregg, Alex Ursuliak and Hélène Blackburn. In 2016, Ms Namts enters the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal program (2nd year). She works alongside Sarah Dell’Ava, Sophie Corriveau, Andrew Skeels and Harold Rhéaume. After teaching creative dancing and ballet to young students at Ballet Divertimento, Ms Caroline Namts joins the Ballet Coppélia Staff in 2018.