Professional Ballet Lessons in Winnipeg

The Institute of Dance in Winnipeg is known for excellence in ballet training. We are the only dance studio in Winnipeg that offers ballet instruction at such a high level, and we are proud of that! You would be delighted to know that we’ve trained Manitoba’s first-ever recipient of the Solo Seal Award from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Many of our students have received scholarships from the Manitoba Dance Festival.

Classical  Techniques and  Modern Styles –  Students Aged  Three and  Up

Our experienced ballet instructors Bernadette Shum and Linda Yap teach through the RAD method. Our higher-level classes are accompanied by a live pianist to complement your training. We focus on the classical ballet technique, emphasizing postures, lines, control, and execution through both barre and centre work. If you’re interested in modern styles and character work, we can accommodate that also.

Pointe Classes –  Students Aged  12 and  Up

Along with general ballet classes, we offer pre-pointe classes that focus on core-strengthening exercises and techniques for preparing your feet and ankles for pointe work. Dancing en pointe refers to balancing on the tips of fully extended feet.

Our class sizes are small, and we offer individualized instruction to get the most out of every dancer. From pre-primary up to solo seal, we conduct examinations through the RAD syllabus. If you’d like to learn more, check out our weekly schedule or give us a call at a time of your convenience.

Classical Repertoire

Along with ballet lessons, we also offer Classic Repertoire lessons (new syllabus), and children who are aged 12 and above are eligible for admission. Contact us for more information.

Exams and Assessments

Around 230,000 candidates appear for the RAD dance exams every year. Exams and assessments are used to motivate and reward students, and the candidates who clear the examination would receive a certificate of achievement. The students who successfully clear the exam with flying colours will receive awards and medals.

Our Ballet Instructors

 Bernadette Shum

Bernadette teaches ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method and she has entered thousands of students in ballet examinations since 1980. With both her passion for ballet and her extensive experience, she is the primary ballet teacher at the Institute of Dance.

 Shelly Lo

Shelly has been a valued teacher and examiner with many reputable organizations. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1999. Since 2014, she has been serving as an examiner for Australia Teachers of Dancing. Shelly is trained in the arts of Classical ballet, jazz, Chinese dance, choreography, stage performance, and Pilates. She holds many certifications from Australian Teachers of Dancing Ltd including a Qualified Examiner’s Certificate and jazz teaching diploma. She also is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.

 Ava Nykiforuk

Ava has been dancing for over 15 years. She started at the age of 3 in her hometown of Calgary where she trained at Dance on Edge for 10 years. She danced competitively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. Ava then moved to Winnipeg and continued dancing at Institute of Dance of Manitoba with Ms. Shum as her ballet teacher. Ava completed her RAD Advanced 1 ballet examination as well as continued to dance competitively under Institute of Dance. This is her second year teaching ballet, and her first year teaching jazz and lyrical at Institute of Dance.

Professional Ballet Classes Since 1982

We’ve trained Manitoba’s first-ever recipient of the Solo Seal Award from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

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Institute of Dance

7-1604 St. Mary's Rd
Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3W5


Monday - Thursday 04:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Friday 04:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Sunday 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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