Our Faculty

MR. DAVID C. BEALES, M.A. Bolshoi Ballet Academy TCP, Society of Russian Ballet Advanced, A.R.A.D.
Mr. David Beales is a teacher of classical ballet specializing in the Russian ballet methods. He is internationally recognized and respected for his expertise in the Vaganova technique and method, and the Bolshoi Academy teaching method. His students are accepted into and participate in many prestigious international programs such as the Open World Dance Foundation Intensives in NYC and Latvia, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensives in NYC, and many others. Since 2007, he has taught numerous master classes, workshops, and seminars throughout British Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and the United States.  Mr. Beales is currently the only instructor in Canada with both Vaganova Ballet Academy Faculty and Bolshoi Ballet Academy credentials.  Mr. Beales is also an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB) and is fully qualified to teach the SRB Examination Syllabus.



Accompanist and Music Theory Instructor

Mrs. Tkatchenko comes from Russian, where she spent most of her childhood and early adult years studying piano through a specialized music school, college and Khakov Conservatory in Ukraine.  Upon graduation from university, she began teaching piano, music theory and music history.  In 1999, Ms. Tkatchenko came to Canada and shortly thereafter, became a piano accompanist and music adjudicator in festivals in Vancouver.  Ms. Tkatchenko received certification through the Canadian Music Teacher Association.  In 2012, she moved to Victoria where she has been the pianist for Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet.





IVANA MATOVINA, BFA, TTP Dip. (NBS), LCSC-CICB (Cecchetti), A.I.S.T.D. (National)
Youth Program and Character Instructor

Raised in Toronto but now proud to be on the West Coast, Ms. Matovina aims to positively engage her students by sharing her passion for dance through the artistry and physicality of dance. Ms. Matovina graduated from the joint degree/diploma program between York University and Canada’s National Ballet School. Her dance training and experience spans many years in a variety of disciplines including, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Cecchetti, Russian ballet styles, National (folk) dance, and Modern (Graham and Limon) / Contemporary dance.

She has performed and toured with the Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre to Dusseldorf, Germany, and with many other groups throughout Canada.  Ms. Matovina has also taught ballet, tap, jazz and creative dance at various International schools in Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Matovina is the current B.C. representative for the Cecchetti Society of Canada, which oversees the organization of ballet workshops, competitions, and exams for local students and teachers.



CLARE GILLESE, Society of Russian Ballet  Student-Teacher-in-Training, OWDF Certificate
Adult Ballet Program Instructor

Clare teaches primarily classical Russian ballet as well as stretching and conditioning. She has taught children to adults in a variety of styles and levels. She holds her teaching certificates through the Open World Dance Foundation and her Student-Teacher-In-Training through the Society of Russian Ballet. Clare started her dancing career at Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet in 2014 under the guidance of David Beales. Since then, she has had the opportunity to dance in Riga (Latvia), Prague (Czech Republic) and New York City (US), studying under world renowned teachers such as: Irina Kolpakova (ABT, Mariinsky), Irina Trofimova (pupil of Agrippina Vaganova), Evgenia Obratzova (Bolshoi, Mariinski) and Daria Klimentova (English National Ballet). Clare enjoys fostering each student's potential and above all believes that dance should be fun and accessible to everyone. 


Brianne Evason

BRIANNE EVASON, B.F.A. Dance & Choreography, Contemporary Dance Instructor

Brianne is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography, with a strong emphasis in modern and contemporary dance. While completing her four-year study in this rigorous program, she received training and performance experience in the technical, as well as the creative and compositional aspects of dance under the direction of Christian Von Howard, Scott Putman, and Autumn Proctor Waddell. Brianne has taught in Virginia (US)  and Alberta (Canada) before recently moving to British Columbia.