Helen Gagné Dip. RBS (TTC), ARAD, RAD RTS began her full-time vocational training at the age of 8, at The Arts Educational School in Tring Park, England, where she received an intensive arts & academic education for 9 years. She then went on to attend & graduate from London's prestigious Royal Ballet School, gaining her Teachers' Training Course Diploma, in addition to achieving many advanced qualifications as both a dancer & teacher.
After teaching in & around London, she made the move to Canada in 1992, to join the teaching faculty at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance in Nepean. Since then, Helen has had the joy & privilege of training, coaching & serving numerous dancers & their families, within Ottawa’s dance community. 28 years on, she continues to share her love & passion for Classical Ballet, teaching at several venues across the city.
With a teaching career spanning over three decades, Mrs. Gagné continues to learn & grow as a teacher! Most recently, she utilized her time away from the studio, during the COVID-related closures, to further expand the scope & breadth of her knowledge & qualifications in dance- & teaching-related subjects. During this time, Helen successfully acquired two Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Certifications (in both Self-Care & Caring for Others); completed the RAD's Mentoring training course; participated in the 2020 on-line series of The Royal Ballet School's (RBS) Teachers' Training Webinars; attended the RBS Online Summer Intensive lectures & interviews, and took part in numerous Zoom presentations & discussions, with dance professionals from across the world!
Helen has been a member of the RAD since 1984, is a Registered RAD teacher, and holds her Teaching Certificate in Benesh Movement Notation. She currently specializes in training RAD Vocational students, successfully entering them for examinations at all levels, including Solo Seal. In the studio, Mrs. Gagné is commited to providing a positive, encouraging & focused learning environment for all participants. She upholds the RBS core teaching values of Trust-Compassion-Humanity, and strives to inspire, challenge & motivate her students towards achieving their full potential. In doing so, she hopes to help nurture an intellectually engaged, & artistically dynamic, generation of performers!