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Ellen Andrews

A.R.A.D. A.T.C.

Ellen Andrews, Master Teacher and Dual Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance for 33 years, was granted the Advanced Teacher's Certificate of the R.A.D in 1966. In 1969, she was elected to the Board of Children's Examiners and in 1977 was elected to the board of Major Examiners for the Royal Academy of Dance. Since that time she traveled extensively throughout the world conducting examinations, workshops and courses to both teachers and students alike.

As a dancer, Miss Andrews performed in Ballet and Contemporary Dance productions both as a soloist and as the partner of Norbert Vesak, the world renowned Choreographer. He received a Gold Medal in 1979 at the World Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, for his most famous ballet Pas de Deux "Belong". It was also at this competition that Canada's Prima Ballerina, Evelyn Hart, won the Gold Medal for her performance of Mr. Vesak's choreography. While still performing, Miss Andrews opened a Branch School of the Lynden Studio which later became Canadian Dance World where she taught for forty years.

Miss Andrews began studying ballet and tap dancing in her home town of New Westminster, B.C. at the Lynden Studio of Dancing under the direction of Josephine Slater. She was also taught by Mara McBirney, the teacher sent from England to introduce and teach the Royal Academy Syllabus work to teachers in British Columbia. Miss Andrews' studies were enriched with Professional Workshops and Summer Programs with famous guest teachers such as Alexandra Danilova - Ballet, Ted Shawn - Modern Dance, Joy Camden - Character Dance and Shivaram - Kathakali East Indian Dance.

Many of Miss Andrews' students have gone on to dance professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet Company, Stuttgart Ballet Company, Dusseldorf Ballet Company and the New York City "Rockets". She has coached students who have received the coveted Solo Seal award, the highest level of achievement granted by the Royal Academy of Dance, as well, her students have also been successful at the prestigious International Ballet Competition, the Phyllis Bedells Bursary held in London, England. In North American competitions, her students have won over 500 trophies and awards for their outstanding performances. Her inspiration has led a great number of her students to become teachers of dance throughout Canada.

Miss Andrews has been a full time faculty member with the Linda Jamieson School of Dance for the past ten years, teaching Pre-Primary to Advanced classes, choreographing dances for competitions, assisting with the school's production of the full- length Ballet "Nutcracker". Miss Andrews has also directed, and choreographed the school's Spring Ballet Productions of "Giselle" and "Copellia".

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