anastasia hillifer, rad rts, arad, ttp dip (NBS), a.i.s.t.d
Anastasia started dancing at the early age of three. From four to twelve years of age, Anastasia trained and competed in various styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. At the age of thirteen, Anastasia decided to change her focus from competing to pursue the Royal Academy of Dance Vocational levels. Having already completed grades one through five and her Intermediate Foundations, Anastasia began working on her intermediate and grade six. While in high school, Anastasia also became the captain of her high school dance team, where she choreographed and designed costumes. The team was fortunate enough to compete in a few competitions and place in the overalls. When Anastasia graduated from high school she had completed both her Advanced 2 and grade 8 exams with the Royal Academy of Dance for Ballet. Along with this she also completed her Advanced 2 training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for both Modern and Tap. Anastasia was then accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. This is a three year program where she learnt RAD, NBS and Cecchetti Pedagogy, studied the history of dance, art and music. Along with this, Anastasia was also trained in both Character and National dance and as a result she received her Advanced 2 training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in National and her National Associate. While Anastasia continued her education and exploring a deeper understanding of the RAD material, she re-took her Intermediate to Advanced 1 to better her understanding. In Anastasia’s final year at NBS, she was fortunate enough to receive training in regards to teaching adults and seniors. Specifically with Seniors, Anastasia is certified to teach persons with Dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Anastasia is very excited to be a part of the Carousel Dance Center and can not wait to start teaching again.