Claire has been a part of Cumbrae for 11 years, and has explored a variety of styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre and tap. For over 5 years, Claire has participated in the Apprentice Program at the school, and is excited to take on her first season teaching under the guidance of her first mentor, Marion Harvie.
Claire successfully completed her Advanced 1 RAD in 2020, has completed all of the RAD higher grades, each with a distinction. Claire has currently also begun her training in the RAD's most recent syllabus addition, 'Discovering Repertoire'. At the moment, Claire is working towards her Advanced 2 and will also train towards the Solo Seal Award.
With the BATD, Claire was about to complete her Advanced certification in modern, though Covid-19 protocols meant that she was unable to sit the exam. She therefore started to focus more on teacher training throughout the spring and summer, and will complete the final portion of her Associate Teacher's in October.
Claire often likes to further her training by attending master classes that are offered throughout the Ottawa area. She has been accepted to attend pre-professional programs at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Goh Ballet, as well as the Alberta Ballet School.
Claire has performed at the National Arts Centre in various productions of The Nutcracker for five consecutive years. Both with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Alberta Ballet, she has played a variety of roles (party child, angel, etc).
At the BATD North American Trixie Hardy Theatre Dance Scholarships, Claire was nominated each year from the age of 10 (ballet, tap, & jazz). She placed top ten in many styles, was a trophy recipient in 2017 & 2018, and in 2019 Claire was the overall North American Senior Jazz/Modern winner.
For two years, Claire has been a senior dancer invited to participate in Dancers Give Back, a charitable event that raises money for youth mental health in the Ottawa area. In 2018 & 2019, Claire participated in the Royal Academy of Dance's Dance Challenge, and was set to attend again in 2020, when the event was canceled due to Covid-19. This year she is preparing for the Youth America Grand Prix, set to be held in Toronto in 2022.