Seminars & Study

Seminars & Study – For Teachers

This area contains the Society’s latest Annual Seminar updates, including hotel and travel information, schedules and registration forms. We also include seminars offered by organizations and schools that may be of particular interest to our teachers and their students.


Raising The Barre 2022

Annual Teacher Training Webinar
Wednesday August 24th

We invite SCBVM members and guests to join us for our annual Raising the Barre 2022 teacher training webinar on Wednesday, August 24th. We have an interesting and informative line-up of guest speakers and topics for today’s ballet instructor.

This year we are inviting members to create their own “Community Hubs” to gather in-person and to participate in the webinar as a community of SCBVM members and guests. Please complete the registration form below to register for webinar and annual general meeting links.

Later in the fall we will be introducing a subscription series of regional workshops for in-depth looks at pedagogical topics and concepts. These events will be available for participation in-person, via live stream or on our YouTube Channel.


To Register:

  • Please download the registration form below. Send your completed form to the office no later than August 22, 2022. 
  • Form Download: Word / Pages



  • Members – Free for all members. Please note that annual fees will become due on September 1, 2022.
  • Non-Members – $75.00, tax included. Please contact to submit payment.



  • Webinar – Login information will be emailed to all participants prior to the event.
  • Annual General Meeting – Login for the AGM will be sent to members in advance.


Community Hubs:

Below is a list of studios and members hosting community hubs. All members and guests are invited to gather at your local hub for participation in Raising the Barre 2022. We encourage our members to create a hub in your area. If you would like your hub listed contact to be listed on this page. Please notify the contact for each hub before attending in person.

Webinar Schedule & Topics:

All times are Eastern Zone. See below for presentation descriptions and presenter biographies.

10:30-10:50AM            Annual General Meeting for Members. Please use the AGM login to attend.
11:00-1:00PM               Before the Syllabus Starts – Guiding Children Through the Early Years of Dance Education  presented by Michelle Lehman
1:00-1:10PM                 Break
1:10-2:00PM                 Live Vaganova Demonstration Class by Sabina Yapparova & Konstantin Tkachuk
2:00-2:30PM                Lunch Break
2:30-4:30PM                 The Foot & Ankle – Functional Anatomy, Common Injuries & Their Prevention presented by Tirene Padget
4:30-4:40PM                 Break
4:40-5:30PM                 Commonly Misunderstood Steps From The Syllabus presented by Jane Pound


Presentation Descriptions & Presenter Biographies:

Before the Syllabus Starts – Guiding Children Through the Early Years of Dance Education
Presented by Michelle Lehman – SCBVM Assoc., BSc (Hons), MSc(OT), OT Reg. (NS)

The lower levels of the SCBVM syllabus provide the framework for teaching dance to school-aged children, but what about the preschoolers who are eager to jump into the studio? Michelle Lehman, a dance teacher and occupational therapist, will be walking us through the early stages of preschoolers’ cognitive and motor development to help us better understand how to create the most enriching classroom environment for our youngest students.

Michelle Lehman is an Associate member of the Society of Classical Ballet – Vaganova Method, and an occupational therapist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Michelle completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and is now employed as a research occupational therapist at Dalhousie University. Michelle has published multiple academic articles and has recently been accepted to present her work at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy 2022 Congress in Paris.

For over a decade, Michelle has been involved with instruction of the pre-school/primary programming at the Leica Hardy School of Dance. This experience, paired with extensive training in child development as an occupational therapist, have led Michelle to develop a deep understanding of how young children of all abilities should be guided through the early years of their dance education. Michelle is passionate about developing a fun and creative studio space where children are encouraged to challenge themselves while developing a strong sense of self-efficacy and performance mastery.

Live Vaganova Demonstration Class
Presented by Sabina Yapparova & Konstantin Tkachuk

The Foot & Ankle – Functional Anatomy, Common Injuries & Their Prevention
Presented by Tirene Padget – B.A., B.H.K., T.T.D., C.B.T.S.

This course explores the basic functional anatomy of the foot and ankle with respect to ballet technique. Discussion will include healing processes and basic injury prevention. The following dance injuries will be explored: ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and sesamoid injuries. Self-care options will be discussed, as well as when it is advisable to seek care from a professional.

Originally from the Maritimes, Tirene received her first Teacher Training Diploma from the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. She then went on to complete her B.A. in Dance Science and Education at York University, B.H.K. in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, and her second Teacher Training Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently working toward obtaining her Associate Teaching status with the Society of Classical Ballet, Vaganova Method. As a Kinesiologist, her expertise extends into the world of Kinesiology where she practices in a rehabilitation setting and teaches injury prevention and treatment for dancers. It is her belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their optimal abilities, regardless of age and training background.

Commonly Misunderstood Steps From The Syllabus
Presented by Jane Pound – SCBVM Adv., SCBVM Examiner

Examiner Jane Pound will discuss a selection of commonly misunderstood steps from the syllabus. Steps to be discussed will include pas de basque, demi-contretemps, polka with half turns, pas de valse, temps levé in arabesque, entrelacé, character jeté runs and pas de bourrée dessus, dessous, devant and derrière.

Seminars & Study – For Dancers

This area contains information about courses and workshops. Listings for syllabus and non-syllabus courses with a strong focus on ballet instruction are welcome. Listings will be published at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

Contact the Society’s office to submit your listing.


Children who begin to study at the start do exercises at the barre and in the centre only in dry form without any variations.  Variations in time signature avoid monotony. – Agrippina Vaganova from Basic Principles of Classical Ballet p. 11