The Team

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Irina Lerman

Founder

Ballet, Character, Repertoire, Neoclassical

Graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy and joined the Mariinskiy Ballet in the same year, 2011.

During 7 years of her career, she performed classical, neoclassical, and contemporary repertoire including
G, Balanchine's ballets, M. Petipa's, A. Ratmanskiy's, and Sasha Waltz.   Participated in tours with a Company in Europe, Japan, China, UAE, and America. At the age of 21, Irina made her first choreography production at the Stage of Mariinsky Theatre. named "Minds Games" on music of M. Richter.

She obtained her Master’s Degree as a choreographer in 2016 at Vaganova Ballet Academy and won Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Riga, Latvia. Trained at the Netherlands Dance Theatre Summer Intensive, participated at the Workshops of Wayne McGregor, Edward Clug. Performed at the Closing Ceremony of Olimpic Games in 2014, and the Closing Ceremony of Formula 1 in Monaco in 2018. Made several ballet productions as a choreographer for ballet companies including Mariinskiy Ballet, students of Vaganova Ballet Academy, Brussels International School, Detroit Opera House, and more.

From 2019 to the end of 2020 Lead Soloist at the Atlantic Ballet of Canada, Moncton, NB.
From 2021 freelance artist, teacher and choreographer.

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Jera Wolfe

Contemporary/Choreography

Born in Tkaronto(Toronto), Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage.

 

His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace by Red Sky Performance. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob's Pillow. 

 

He was an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance from 2016-2021. During his time with the company, he choreographed Miigis, Backbone, Trace, and FLOW. His other works include Bare choreographed on Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Arise for Canada's National Ballet School, Embers for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Reliance for Ryerson University’s School of Performance, Begin Again for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and Soul for The National Ballet of Canada. Most recently Jera presented an evening of works titled Reverie at Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur.

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Alena Loboda

Ballet, Repertoire

Alena Loboda found herself enchanted with classical ballet when the art form challenged her to explore the beauty in every emotion, both positive and negative. This lead to her experimentation with choreography as well as a furthering of her education in the Vaganova method abroad at the Perm' State Choreographic College (Perm', Russia), the Kiev State Ballet School (Kiev, Ukraine), and Koltun Ballet Boston (Boston, USA).

 

Alena has danced for Columbia Classical Ballet, (Columbia, SC), Coastal City Ballet (Vancouver, BC) and continues to perform in Toronto, including appearances with Kulkat Dance Entertainment, Medusa Entertainment, MM Entertainment, and Little Pear Garden Dance Company. She also teaches on a part-time basis at many Toronto dance schools including Star Dance Centre and MCFAA.

Currently, in addition to performing, Alena is working towards a Specialist degree in Arts Management at the University of Toronto, and developing her repertoire as a choreographer. Her choreography and performance was recognized with the Audience Choice Award at the Lights Dance Festival 2018.

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Marq Frerichs

Ballet

Marq Frerichs began training at the age of eleven at the George Brown School of Dance. He attended the Professional Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (1982-1985). He then moved to Ulm Germany on offer to work in the Stadt Theatre Ulm under Pierre Wyss. Upon returning to Toronto he joined Desrosiers Dance Theater as a principal dancer. After 5 years he became the company’s ballet master and fulfilled both positions to complete a decade-long role in the company. Marq proceeded to pursue a career as an independent dancer and teacher working with Cas Public in Montreal and the Chimera Project in Toronto; with Cirque Du Soleil throughout North America and Japan, and partnering with Celine Dion on The Colour of My Love, North American tour. In 2013 Marq obtained his teaching diploma and Cecchetti Associate from Canada’s National Ballet School, both awarded with Distinction. In 2017, he obtained his Associate Diploma, and in 2018 Licentiate was awarded. Marq also became a certified instructor in the Progressive Ballet Technique, levels 1-3. He has been a member of the Artistic Staff at Canada’s National Ballet School since graduating, working in both the Professional Ballet Program and Teacher Training Program.  Marq was the Assistant to the Artistic Director/Choreographer with Cas Public and a guest teacher with L’Ecole Supérieure de Ballet du Quebec, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Canadian Dance Company, Youth Ballet, and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan, and the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Currently, he is teaching ballet at Randolph College and as a freelance teacher in Toronto.