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Online Performance Classes by Peterborough/Nogojiwanong Artists

Mithila Ballal:

Mithila Ballal dancesMithila Ballal has always had the interest in helping people in need and this lead her to become a Registered Psychotherapist and a Dance/Movement Therapist. She has worked for the last 10 years with children, adolescents and adults with mental health issues in India, United States and Canada. She completed her Masters in Dance/Movement therapy and Mental Health Counselling from Lesley University, Massachusetts in 2012. She moved to Canada in 2013 and continued to volunteer for different organizations and then began working with seniors diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s as a Recreation Therapist. Currently, she works as a Psychotherapist in Peterborough and Whitby. She is trained in Indian Classical Dance (Bharathanatyam) since the age of 4. Her love and passion for dance helped her start a dance school-Ukti-Centre for Movement and Arts in Peterborough where she teaches Indian Classical and Bollywood dancesto various populations.

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Mithila teaches at Ukti – Centre for Movement and ArtsOpens New Window. For class schedules email

Dreda Blow:

Photo of Dreda BlowDreda graduated from The National Ballet School of Canada in 2003 before continuing her training in The Hague, Netherlands at the Koninklijk Conservatorium. She danced classical and contemporary work in the corps and small solo roles with Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam for three years. In 2007, she joined Northern Ballet in Leeds, UK and toured narrative dance-theatre productions for the past eleven years. She rose through the ranks and became a principal dancer, performing many wonderful roles like Jane Eyre, Cinderella and Juliet (her favourite!). Dreda is passionate about the powerful and poetic way that dance can tell stories. In the past few years, she has studied physical theatre with D’ell Arte International in California, Punch Drunk and Siti Company. She trained in Arts Education with Young People’s Theatre in Toronto and began teaching drama to ballet students in the UK. Dreda also has a CanFitPro certification in Barre Fitness. She is delighted to be returning to Peterborough with her husband, Bruno, and joining the team at 505!

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Dreda teaches with Studio 505. Contact Studio 505 for more information about online classesOpens New Window

Jennifer Elchuk (Opal)

Photo of Opal ElchukJennifer Elchuk (Opal) currently manages the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts(PACA), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and creating circus arts locally. She has been part of PACA since it was founded in 2014 instructing youth and adults, performing, and producing shows. Holding degrees in both Fine Arts and Education, Elchuk is also a graduate of Circus Instructor training at the National Circus School. She performs aerial arts, fire dancing and stilt walking with Trellis Arts and Entertainment and Uncommon Entertainment. Her background includes practices of contact improv dance, yoga, visual arts and teaching environmental education and wilderness adventure.

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Linda Kash

Photo of Linda KashLinda Kash began her professional career at the Second City in Toronto. She was a series regular cast member in The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, Rick Mercer Report, The Ron James Show in Canada and She TV, Minor Adjustments, Style and Substance and most recently FARGO Season III opposite Ewan McGregor.  Linda has been a guest on Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Monk, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen and Sabrina. She performed in “At the Hotel” (Gemini Award), Hatching, Matching & Dispatching with Mary Walsh, “Sex Life'” for HBO and played Mrs Barry in Anne of Green Gables. Her list of films include the cult hits Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show both directed by Christopher Guest, the multi nominated Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard, Man of the Year directed by Barry Levinson and Are We Done Yet starring Ice Cube. She also played Molly Brown in a BBC mini-series about the Titanic. Linda is primarily  known as Canada’s beloved Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel, which became one of Canadian advertising’s most successful campaigns. It ran for 16 years.

Linda has also taught sketch writing and improvisation for Humber and Fleming Colleges and in 2007 founded The Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts with her late great husband, actor Paul O’Sullivan. She runs drama camps in the summer.

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Sarah Rudnicki

Photo of Sarah Rudnicki dancingFounder of Bellydance with Sarah, Phoenix Bellydance, and Studio Sanctom. Professional belly dancer, teacher, Performer, theatre artist, Choreographer,  and movement practitioner,  a  yogi, yoga teacher. She is committed to a life of movement, arts, expression and connection.   Teaching for over 10 years. working with students in various mediums to connect with their bodies through music, movement and openness.  Her classes are invigorating, both mentally and physically, and as a result benefiting her students in their everyday lives.

Sarah Rudnicki is a professional belly dance teacher certified in the internationally recognized Journey Through Egypt, a program on the historical and culturally accurate folklore and history of Middle Eastern dance.  Sarah studied under Yasmina Ramzy (Founder of Arabesque, Toronto) as well as Mahmoud Reda (Egypt),  Sahra Saeeda (California/ Egypt), April Rose (Bellydance Superstars), Zahra Zohair (New York).  Sarah founded Phoenix Bellydance in 2008, Moving to Peterborough in 2012.

Sarah teaches students from beginner to advance, and performance level. To connect with their bodies through music, movement and openness.  Her classes are invigorating, both mentally and physically, and as a result benefiting her students in their everyday lives.  She teaches public and private programs.

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Lindsay Storms


Lindsay has spent well over a decade educating dancers in studios across Southern Ontario, in both competitive and non-competitive settings, specializing in a wide range of dance styles including Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop. Lindsay began her dancing career at the age of three in Toronto under the tutelage of Cynthia Fisher, and moved to the Kawartha area at the age of 13, where she continued her studies in R.A.D. Ballet, I.S.T.D. Modern, and Jazz with the Lindsay Dance Studio. After three years of study in languages and anthropology at Trent University, Lindsay returned to the Lindsay Dance Studio, to pursue her I.S.T.D. Associate for Modern and Jazz. Lindsay has since also acquired her R.A.D. Intermediate ballet and her Associate Diploma with the Modern Theatre branch of the I.S.T.D. After many years of study, Lindsay received her Licentiate status in the Modern Theatre branch of the I.S.T.D. and was awarded the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, under the guidance of mentor Beverley. Over the years, Lindsay has also had the wonderful opportunity to teach students at many different elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. Lindsay has been entering candidates for I.S.T.D. Modern and Jazz exams for over a decade, and more recently R.A.D. Graded and Vocational exams, all of whom have been successful. Most recently, Lindsay has received certification to teach the revolutionary Progressing Ballet Technique Program. Lindsay has enjoyed, being rehearsal master for Ballet Jorgen’s local production of the Nutcracker twice now. Many of Lindsay’s students have gone on to work and study professionally at such schools as The National Ballet of Canada, York University and George Brown College, as well as holding featuring roles in television series such as Degrassi and The Next Step. ​ Lindsay continues her passion for arts and education by taking courses with world-renowned examiners and choreographers covering various dance disciplines such as hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary, and looks forward to growing these programs within Studio 505. ​

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