- fully air conditioned
- sprung hardwood floors
- 2 mirrored studios fully equipped with barres
- warm-up studio
- 13 foot ceilings (upper floor)
- light main floor studio with large windows
- waiting area for parents
- fully equipped kitchen
- parking on premises
- change rooms and family bathroom
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 July 2014. The school has been a home to so many dancers over the past 45 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. 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. Sarah has 13 years of experience training in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She has attained her Advanced Foundation Ballet Examination, and is currently training at the Advanced 1 level. Sarah has also been studying music with Conservatory Canada for 12 years. She has her Gr. 8 piano and various other musical accolades.
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 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, DSW,Dip)
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. Vanessa grew up in Sault Ste. Marie where she received 20 years of dance training. She later attended Brock University where she was an instructor for the university’s dance club. Vanessa is also an Ontario Certified Teacher and is a teacher with TVDSB. She has been a dance instructor in Sault Ste. Marie for the last 3 years and loves working with the little ones. Vanessa is so excited to join the OSD family!
Ms. Megan has studied dance as a student for 15 years, training in R.A.D. and Russian Ballet technique. She has also trained in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Breakdance. Megan has been a teacher at Oxford School of Dance for two years.
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. She graduated with a degree in Childhood and Social Institutions from Western University in 2016. Emma is very excited about joining the Oxford School of Dance teaching staff.
Ms. Allison has trained in many dance styles, as well as R.A.D. Ballet up to the Advanced 2 level. Allison studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in their Summer Professional Division. Allison has also been active in the world of Musical Theatre. She performed in the Grand Theatre production of Legally Blond, The Adams Family, and Hello Dolly, in which she played the lead role. Allison worked as the Grand Theatre’s head choreographer and dance captain.
Ms. Danielle has been dancing since she was 4 years old and is trained in many different disciplines. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and her Bachelor of Education degree from York University, as well as her BATD Associates in Stage. She has performed with various Theatre production companies and has taught dance for the last 9 years. She is currently with the TVDSB and is looking forward to joining the OSD team.
Ms. Connie has been a studio Mom at Oxford School of Dance for 12 years. She has three dancing daughters all of whom started at a very young age. Connie is kind, approachable, and ready to answer your questions.
Ms. Julie has been the office manger for 21 years. She is wonderfully organized and very approachable. If you have any questions regarding studio activity, Miss Julie is always available.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Year End Recital
Join Oxford School of Dance for a grand celebration of dance! This year end performance features all of our 2016-2017 students from ages 4-adult. We are renting out the beautiful theatre at Forest City Community for both a junior and senior performance. These family friendly shows features Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre, and Breakdance! The Junior Show will take place at 4:00pm and the Senior Show will take place at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door!