Our Expert Faculty :
Angie Stone (Mrs. Stone)
Studio Owner & Managing Director
Professional Dance Educator & Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
TTP Dip. (NBS), ARAD, RTS RAD, CFT (ISSA)
Angie’s passion for life is exhibited through her love of dance, which she shares with those she teaches. She first began to exhibit a love of the art at the age of two and over the last decades has being afforded the privilege to share her passion through teaching dance and ballet for kids.
Mrs. Stone is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is an Honours Graduate from the Department of Dance at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts and her experience has provided a strong foundation in many of forms of dance, with training in ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, tap and gymnastics. In addition, Mrs Stone has trained as a dancer at L’École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montréal, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Canada’s National Ballet School. Angie’s life goal is to inspire tomorrow’s young artists to develop confidence, ability and passion for dance.
Catherine Kourkounakis (Mrs. K)
Studio Co-Owner & Artistic Director
Professional Dance Educator Specializing in Ballet and Character Dance
RAD RTS, AISTD (National Dance), CID UNESCO, BA(HON) DANCE EDUCATION
Catherine Kourkounakis brings a wealth of theatre and dance experience as well as over 30 years of teaching expertise in the Metro Toronto region. Catherine teaches the Pre-Primary levels and up. Her students over the past years consistently get excellent exam results. Her credits for production and choreography include a 2005 reproduction of Bournonville’s A Folk Tale, Award winning Festival choreography, co-producer/co-choreographer of Cinderella, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and yearly productions of The Nutcracker. In the fall of 2009, she debuted her chamber ballet, Life is a Dream, choreographing this intimate ballet and co-producing it with Belcanto Studios’ musical director, Gordon Brown and talented singers and dancers from the Toronto area. Catherine hopes to continue to work with Prima Dance Academy in the Brooklin and north Whitby/Durham area where she can establish a Youth Dance Ensemble that will perform yearly ballet and dance productions. Catherine is the Artistic Director of Prima Dance Ensemble and has begun creating a youth ensemble for Prima Dance Academy students to develop their dancing and performing talents. Her additional areas of expertise include Honours Associate teaching qualifications in National dance earned at the National Ballet School of Canada. Catherine has also worked with two other dance schools to create and develop the dance curriculum for ages 3- 6 years old and has mentored many junior teachers. In addition, she is currently on contract with the Royal Academy of Dance as approved mentor for student teachers in the RAD’s Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program.