- Three large fully air conditioned studios with viewing window.
- Sprung hardwood floor in one studio
- Harlequin dance floors (same as Canada's National Ballet) in two studios
- Waiting areas for parents on both the upper and lower levels
- Ladies and family change rooms
- Parking on premises
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Free Wifi
- Family friendly and welcoming atmosphere
Judith Coleman emigrated from England to Canada with her family in 1969, moving into Thamesford in 1970. The following year, a group of parents discovered her dance and teaching background and requested that she teach their children. In the Fall of 1971, the School began what would become the Oxford School of Dance with ten children at Thamesford Public School and subsequently at St. Johns Anglican Church. Mrs. Coleman limited the growth of the School while raising her own young family and also to fulfill teaching commitments outside of the school. In 1986, Mrs. Coleman moved to Ingersoll allowing the School to expand with classes in her home on Oxford Street and at St. James Anglican Church.
In 1996, Mrs. Coleman found a more permanent home for the School at the former offices of the Ingersoll Cheese Factory on Victoria Street. Mrs. Coleman influenced many fine students over the years who have related to how the focus, sense of dedication and hard work instilled in them, helped with academic studies leading to their chosen career path. Several of Mrs. Coleman’s former students have gone on to establish dance schools for themselves. Students have danced professionally for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and European companies. Over the many years, students have also attended professional ballet schools including the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg School, Quinte, Alberta Ballet School and the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Mrs Coleman passed on ownership of the school to Victoria Banman (ARAD, RAD RTS) in 2014. The school has been a home to so many dancers over the past 47 years and continues to be renowned for its strong Ballet and high quality dance instruction.
Submitted by Judith Coleman
Owner & Instructor:
Ms. Victoria has an associates degree and teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. She has studied at Canada's National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Quinte Ballet School, and The School of American Ballet. Victoria has attained her Advanced 2 (highest level of Ballet) and studied the Solo Seal Award.
Founder & Instructor:
Ms. Coleman founded Oxford School of Dance in 1971. The school has been successfully training dancers for 45 years. Ms.Coleman is also an RAD supervisor who is responsible for the training and certifying of new graduating RAD teachers.
Ms. Connie has been the receptionist at Oxford School of Dance for 4 years. She is wonderfully organized and very approachable. If you have any questions regarding studio activity, Miss Connie is always available.
Ms. Heather (R.M.T., Dip F.H.P.)
Ms. Heather is a former student of Oxford School of Dance. She did her post secondary dance training at York University. Heather has over 30 years of dance training and over 15 years of teaching experience. Heather has attained her Grade 8 and Intermediate R.A.D. exams.
Ms. Kate (RAD RTS)
Ms. Kate is an accredited and experienced R.A.D. Ballet teacher. She has been a student of classical ballet for 18 years. She studied in advanced R.A.D. levels and has completed her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies through the R.A.D.’s Faculty of Education. Kate also has a degree from the University of Waterloo in therapeutic recreation.
Ms. Bailey (Dip Performing Arts MT)
Ms. Bailey has a Performing Arts Diploma from Randolph Academy. After graduating, she performed with the Randolph Theatre, starred in numerous musicals and plays. Bailey is a BATD Certified Instructor in Stage, Acrobatics, and Freestyle. Bailey is passionate about dance, singing, acting, and is full of love and support for all of her students!
Ms. Danielle (RAD RTS)
Ms. Danielle is a certified RAD ballet teacher. She attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Teacher Training Program for one year and interned with the inclusive dance company, Propeller Dance.
Ms. Kirsten (B.E.S)
Ms. Kirsten grew up training in R.A.D. Ballet up to the advanced levels, as well as training in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro and Lyrical styles. She has over 9 years of experience teaching various dance styles. Kirsten is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies.
Ms. Emma (B.A.)
Ms. Emma has spent many years in a dance studio. She trained in Jazz, Lyrical, and Acro, as well as R.A.D. Ballet up to the advanced levels. Emma has a degree in Childhood and Social Institutions from Western University.
Ms. Téa has been training at Oxford School of Dance for 12 years. She has completed all of her R.A.D. Ballet exams from Pre-Primary – Advanced Foundation and is currently training at the Advanced 1 level. Téa attended the Quinte Ballet School for two summers, dancing in the professional division with professional teachers and choreographers.
Ms. Angela (RAD, RTS)
Ms. Angela is a registered and accredited R.A.D. Ballet educator with 18 years of teaching experience. She has been training and entering students for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams from Pre-Primary to the Gr. 8 Award and Vocational levels.
Ms. Avery has been dancing since the age of 7, specializing in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. She has completed her R.A.D. Advanced Foundation exam and is currently training at the Advanced 1 level. She has also attained her gold medal in B.A.T.D Tap. Avery is thrilled to be joining the OSD teaching staff.
"Raise the Barre”
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - Year End Performance
Join Oxford School of Dance for an inspiring evening of great dancing! This year end performance features all of our 2018-2019 students from ages 3-adult. We are renting out the beautiful theatre at Forest City Community Church for two amazing performances. Tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door! Performance #1 will take place at 4:00pm and Performance #2 at 6:00pm.