Dance Instructors


Portia Wade | Ballet


Portia WadePortia has spent the past twenty years focused on classical ballet training, from attending Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Programme to receiving her Royal Academy of Dance [RAD] teaching certificate. Ms. Wade is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the National Training Curriculum. Her unconventional approach to classical ballet resonates with a reverence for the traditions of the past, as she adopts new and innovative techniques that bring a modern flair to her classes.


Portia Wade is Founder and Artistic Director of Urban Ballerina.


Joanne Camilleri | Belly Dance


Joanne Camilleri dancingJoanne’s extensive dance training started at the age of five in ballet, jazz and modern dance. In 1988, she left Canada to explore the cultures of the Middle East where she witnessed firsthand the haunting, spiritual art of “Raks Sharqi” (dance of the stomach). She explored katach and baritnatium widening her scope and understanding of the delicate intricacies of modern tribal fusion belly dance choreography. She continues to inspire audiences with her own unique physical articulation of dance performances and vivacious teaching style.


Joanne Camilleri is Artistic Director of Vivace Studios.