Lea Labelle-McKinley, A.R.A.D., R.T.S.
Lea is a passionate teacher striving to give each student the tools they need to reach their potential as dancers. She has attended professional development courses at Canada’s National Ballet School, JUMP, 24Seven, Nuvo, The Dance Awards and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Lea believes that continuous learning allows her to give students the most current information and present old techniques in a new light. Her students have said that her energetic and patient teaching style makes them feel encouraged and supported while pushing them to reach and surpass their own goals by matching her passion for dance.
Lea is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance holding Associate status for having successfully completed her Advanced 2 ballet exam (formerly Advanced). She has prepared students for examinations from Pre-Primary through Advanced levels.
As a dancer, Lea has been a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders, the Hamilton TigerCat Cheerleaders, the Canadian team winning Gold at the World Tap Dance Championship in Riesa, Germany and the commercial dance company, BluSteel Groove. As a teacher, her students have been very successful on Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and have received many overall awards at local competitions. She also received Distinction on her R.A.D. teaching exam with an impressive mark of 92%..