Northern Lights: Canadian National Conservatory of Music
Adela Cleverley has been training in ballet and highland dance since the age of 9. She has performed in many shows with the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts, including Dancing for Life and Dancing for Life... Because You Can. Adela is a competitive highland dancer and has been teaching competitive and recreational highland since 2008. In 2012, she became a fully qualified Member of the BATD for highland, and she is now a Member of the SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance). Adela has also been teaching Ballet and Contemporary since 2012, and Adult Dance since 2015. She is currently studying to become a highland dance adjudicator, and working towards her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance).
Adela graduated in 2016 after five years of training in the Dance program at York University in Toronto, having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as a concurrent Bachelor of Education at the Primary-Junior level. At York, Adela studied classical and contemporary ballet, improvisation and Skinner Release Technique, and a range of modern dance techniques including Graham and Limón. She was able to expand and enrich her dance background with studies in choreography, conditioning, dance history, and dance kinesiology, as well as courses in early child development and motor learning for dance. In her time at York University, Adela also had the opportunity to perform twice in the school’s annual production of York Dances, and has been inspired by the countless professional modern dance and ballet shows she was able to attend each year.
Adela has had the pleasure of training under many notable Dance Artists, including Julia Sasso, Carol Anderson, Tracey Norman, and Helen Jones.
Until 2017, Adela taught Highland, Ballet and Contemporary at the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts. Now the Owner and Artistic Director of the new Academy, Adela continues to train dancers in these styles as well as teaching Preschool and Adult Dance. Through her years of training at the OSAPA and York, Adela discovered a real passion for teaching dance and is excited to continue sharing her art with this community.