Mia Metcalfe (Mrs. Metcalfe)
Studio Owner & Director of Operations
Born into a family of entrepreneurs, Mrs. Metcalfe has followed her parents’ passion in owning and operating small businesses. Mrs. Metcalfe has always had a deep passion for the arts and culture.
A graduate of The University of Toronto (Sociology) and The University of San Pablo, Spain (Masters in Broadcasting), Mrs. Metcalfe’s first venture into business was co-owning and operating a private high school called University Learning Academy (ULA) in Toronto. It was at this time, that her passion for children’s education was first inspired.
A mother of four children, Mrs. Metcalfe settled into Whitby in hopes of creating a new business in the Durham region. Upon hearing that Prima, a vital dance institution in the Brooklin community, was closing as a result of the pandemic, she was moved to intervene and determined to keep the ballet school open. From this philanthropic spirit, she is taking over as the owner and managing director of Prima.
Not only is Mrs. Metcalfe over-joyed to be part of Prima’s long history, she is honoured to continue to nurture the joy of ballet, dance and theatre performance within our community.
Angie Stone (Mrs. Stone)
Program Director & Teacher
Professional Dance Educator & Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
TTP Dip. (NBS), ARAD, CFT (ISSA), SRB Affiliate Member
Angie’s passion for life is exhibited through her love of dance, which she shares with those she teaches. She first began to exhibit a love of the art at the age of two and over the last decades has been afforded the privilege to share her passion through teaching dance and ballet for kids.
Her experience has provided a strong foundation in many of forms of dance, with training in ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, tap and gymnastics. In addition, Mrs Stone has trained as a dancer at L’École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montréal, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Canada’s National Ballet School.
- Graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS)
- Affiliate Member with the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB)
- Honours Graduate from the Department of Dance at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts
Angie’s life goal is to inspire tomorrow’s young artists to develop confidence, ability and passion for dance and ballet.
Theresa Lee (Ms. Lee)
Artist in Residence, Ballet Teacher
Ms. Lee is thrilled to be a part of the re-opening of Prima Ballet School. Her ballet journey began as a five-year old girl in Seoul, Korea. By the age of ten, her parents moved to Canada where she was accepted directly in Canada’s National Ballet School. It was in her six years with the National Ballet program that not only did her passion for dancing grow but so too did her dream of dancing professionally. Her dream became realized when, at the age of eighteen, she returned to Korea as the youngest performer for the Korean National Ballet Company. During this time, she performed in the Korean National Ballet’s productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Symphony C among other classics. From there, Ms. Lee turned towards her education receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul Korea. After graduation, she re-directed her passion for ballet to instructing at both the Seoul Tanz Station and later the La Danse Ballet Academy in Seoul, Korea. It is here her love and passion for teaching blossomed. With great fortune, her journey came full-circle as Ms. Lee returned to Canada in 2019. Even more fortuitous that she decided to settle in Whitby and was presented with the opportunity to join the Prima Ballet School team. She did not hesitate in doing so; Ms. Lee is honoured to do bring her love, skill and creativity to the Brooklin community.
Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto 1997-2002
Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Exchange Summer Program), Seattle 2001
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Selected and attended as a guest student), Monte-Carlo 2002
Korean National Ballet Company, Seoul 2002-2004
Ewha Womans University, Seoul 2004-2008 (DANCE/BALLET)
The 5th Korean Ballet Concour (Gold Award), Seoul 2007
Seoul Tanz Station (Ballet Instructor), Seoul 2012-2014
La Danse Ballet Academy (Ballet Instructor), Seoul 2013-2015
The Nutcracker by National Ballet of Canada- Hummingbird Center, Toronto
Dream Dance: Loosin Yelov in Night of the Stars- Princess of Whales Theater, Toronto
Ellas Riddle in Annual General Meeting- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto
Pyrrhic Dance in Spring Showcase- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto
Les Sylphides in Spring Showcase- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto
Symphony in C by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Swan Lake by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
The Nutcracker by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
La fille mal Gardée by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Giselle by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Tracy Smith (Ms Smith)
Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Tracy started dancing at the age of two in her hometown of Brighton in the UK. Her love for dance and performance grew quickly whilst studying at the Jacqueline Storey Theatre School and performing in musicals such as Annie (Molly and Duffy), The Sound Of Music (Gretl), The King And I (Siamese Twin) and Wind In The Willows (Portly Otter).
She studied all styles of dance, including Contemporary, Jazz, ISTD National and Greek, and was a finalist in many award competitions. At the age of 14, she was ranked one of the Top 7 tappers in the UK.
- Graduate of the highly regarded 3-year Dance Diploma Program at Laine Theatre Arts
- Honours in ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern
- Solo Seal RAD and ISTD Associate with Distinction in Ballet, Tap and Modern
Tracy’s love for teaching emerged during her time at Laine while working as a teacher’s assistant for children’s classes. Tracy went on to work for Carnival Cruise Lines as a performer, featured soloist, adage and magician’s assistant and kept her love for teaching alive in the role of Dance Captain. Upon her return from the sea, she joined Toronto’s “The Dance Company” as a senior dancer and performed at many trade shows, award ceremonies and private functions.
Tracy is excited to be teaching and hopes to pass on her love for dance to the next generation.
Catherine Kourkounakis (Mrs. K)
RAD Vocational Coach
Professional Dance Educator Specializing in Ballet and Character Dance
RAD RTS, AISTD (National Dance), CID UNESCO, BA(HON) DANCE EDUCATION
Catherine Kourkounakis brings a wealth of theatre and dance experience as well as over 30 years of teaching expertise in the Metro Toronto region. Catherine teaches the Pre-Primary levels and up. Her students over the past years consistently receive excellent exam results. As the Artistic Director of Prima Ballet School, Catherine’s passion is creating opportunities for ensemble work for students to develop their dancing and performing talents.
Her credits for production and choreography include a 2005 reproduction of Bournonville’s A Folk Tale, Award winning Festival choreography, co-producer/co-choreographer of Cinderella, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and yearly productions of The Nutcracker. In the fall of 2009, she debuted her chamber ballet, Life is a Dream, choreographing this intimate ballet and co-producing it with Belcanto Studios’ musical director, Gordon Brown and talented singers and dancers from the Toronto area.
- Honours Associate Graduate of National Dance at the National Ballet School of Canada (NBS)
- Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
- BA (Hons) Dance Education majoring in Community Dance Practice and Curriculum Design
- Affiliate Member with the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB)
Catherine has also worked with two other dance schools to create and develop the dance curriculum for ages 3- 6 years old and has mentored many junior teachers. In addition, she has been a mentor for RAD’s Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program.
Catherine has also designed and implemented Durham Dance for Parkinson’s which offers classes in Brooklin, Whitby & Port Hope.
Catherine’s passion is visible in the creation of Prima’s Nutcracker and encourages every student to look within themselves to give with gratitude from the heart.
Stephanie Landry (Ms. Stephanie)
Private Coaching, Ensemble
Stephanie Landry, native of Montreal, Quebec, moved to Toronto Ontario at the early age of ten to pursue her classical training at the National Ballet School. She then joined The National Ballet of Canada where she enjoyed a 15-year dance career. As well as performing in Toronto with the regular seasons, she traveled annually to eastern and western Canada, United States, Mexico and frequently to Europe.
The National Ballet of Canada’s rich repertoire offered Stephanie a wide variety of roles, from corps de ballet to soloist, as well as Principal Character works: to name a few, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Onegin, Coppelia and especially the Balanchine Ballets.
- 15 year dance career with The National Ballet of Canada
- Certified Pilates Instructor
Stephanie retired with Canada’s National Ballet Company in 1991 and began teaching. She brought to the training, the added skill of conditioning and injury-prevention technique called Pilates. She has given countless dance workshops, has successfully brought students to professional competitive performances, and has adjudicated herself in Ontario and Western Canada. Stephanie looks forward to sharing her years of experiences and knowledge with up and coming students.
Stephanie’s passion is seeing students bring their very best to the art form and wants them to succeed every step of the way.