Alena Loboda is a Toronto-based ballerina, choreographer, and poet. She found herself enchanted with classical ballet when the art form challenged her to explore the beauty in every emotion, both positive and negative. This lead to her experimentation with choreography as well as a furthering of her education in the Vaganova method abroad at the Perm State Choreographic College (Perm', Russia), the Kiev State Ballet School (Kiev, Ukraine), and Koltun Ballet Boston (Boston, USA).
Alena is currently studying poetry and creative writing at the University of Toronto, while working towards a specialist degree in Arts Management.
Alena has danced for Columbia Classical Ballet, (Columbia, SC), Coastal City Ballet (Vancouver, BC) and currently performs with Kulkat Dance Entertainment, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, as well as taking on freelance projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Her recent choreography and performance was recognized with the Audience Choice Award at the Lights Dance Festival 2018.
Stephanie Serio | Pre-dance, Ballet & Jazz
Stephanie was born and raised in North York, ON where she took her first dance class when she was 3 and since then has developed a lifelong passion and love of the arts. She has since been dancing for 19 years, training in a variety of styles including ballet, lyrical, pointe, contemporary and jazz. She was a part of an award-winning competitive program for 6 years, attending competitions across the GTA including Dance Odyssey, En Pointe, Bedazzled, and Rhythm Dance. Stephanie then went on to be a part of the Varsity Blues POM team and Only Human Dance Collective at the University of Toronto, where she has been a proud member for the past 5 years. Through her involvement she has performed and participated in various community events and showcases including the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Light the Night Walk, Breakfast Television, the Scotiabank marathon, NBA All-Star Weekend, OUA football, basketball, hockey and volleyball games, as well as competing at provincial cheer competitions. Her extensive training and study in RAD ballet at both the graded and vocational level, led her to complete both Intermediate and Advanced RAD ballet. Along with assistant teaching, she developed a love of helping students grow and learn. She began teaching 3 years ago, in a variety of styles including lyrical, creative dance & movement, ballet and jazz. Stephanie is now proud to be a member of La Pirouette’s teaching staff helping young dancers find their own passion for dance and the arts. Through energetic classes, she hopes to use her passion and knowledge to inspire other students through movement and rhythm.
Madison Burgess is a graduate from York University with a BFA in Dance specializing in performance and choreography. During her undergraduate degree, Madison participated in an exchange program in 2014/2015 studying at Chichester University located in Chichester, England where she performed in Lîla Dance’s show, The Deluge, choreographed by Abi Mortimer and Carrie Whittaker. Once returning to Toronto, Madison worked with the York Dance ensemble in 2015/2016, performing works by renowned choreographers including Carol Anderson, Susan Lee, Allison McCaughey, and Kiera Shaw. Since graduation, Madison has performed in works choreographed by Suzanne Liska, Jasmyn Fyffe, Victoria Gubiani, Bianca Trulli and Emily Rapley. Most recently Madison performed in the remount of Twelve Girls in a Divine Comedy choreographed by Krista Newey premiering in December 2018 through The Garage. Madison is also currently self-producing and choreographing a full-length show to be premiered in February 2019.