About Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz
Established in 1979 by Patricia McLeod, RCSB follows the RAD syllabus for ballet, ISTD for Modern Jazz and Acrobatic Arts and ADTA for Acro. (See links on our Home page for these organizations).
We have a serious, but non-competitive attitude in our approach to the teaching of dance. Progress only flourishes in a disciplined, yet positive and cheerful atmosphere.
Careers after RCSB. Students from RCSB have gone on to programs at NBS and subsequently the company, RWB school, Dutch National Ballet, Quinte Ballet School, Italia Conti Theatre in England, University of Windsor Theatre, Ryerson University, York University, George Brown Sheridan and more. Others have performed leading roles in major theatres, TV series and independent movies, or pursued careers as dance teachers, dance company administration and physiotherapy.
Many younger students have performed with Ballet Jorgen’s youth touring and local casts and in RCMPI musical productions.
Why choose Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz?
Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz is a well-established experienced dance school - 40 years and counting!
Teachers are mature and experienced - Students assist only in classes, they do not teach the classes.
A full-scale Performance is held every three years enabling RCSB to focus on the learning of the art form of dance.
Opportunities for dance examinations with organizations holding a high world-wide standard.
Age-appropriate dance movements, music attire and costumes.
Live pianist accompaniment.
Dance at RCSB is a drop-off activity so that students are not distracted by the presence of parents or siblings.
Parents are invited to observe classes twice yearly during the three week Open Houses in December and May/June. In a Performance year, the Performance supplants the Open House.
DIRECTOR RAD-RTS, A.I.S.T.D., Acrobatic Arts Certified (AAC2)
Miss Matheson holds registered teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dancing. Registered Teachers follow a voluntary Code of Professional Conduct endorsed by the Council for Dance Education and Training (UK) and other leading dance organizations. She is also a registered teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, having attained Associate status and has achieved her Advanced executant exam with Distinction in the Modern Theatre Dance Branch. Both the R.A.D. and the I.S.T.D. offer a well-regulated high international standard of training. She is a certified (Level Two) Acrobatic Arts teacher and is NCCP trained.
Miss Matheson continues her professional development, attending seminars, workshops and Teacher’s Professional Development courses at the National Ballet School as well as the professional associations with which she is affiliated. (See Home Page for links to these organizations).
Founder of Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz
Mrs. McLeod founded Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz in 1979. She received her dance training in London, England at the Bush Davies Theatre School. She has her Solo Seal from the R.A.D. of which organization she is a Life Member. She has Associate status with the I.S.T.D in Modern Theatre, Cecchetti ballet and Imperial ballet.
Mrs. McLeod has choreographed and done workshops for GCVI, JF Ross, Bishop MacDonnell, Guelph Little Theatre, and the Guelph Spring Festival, as well as is a founding member of RCMPI for which she has both choreographed and directed productions. She is a former Board member of the Guelph Arts Council. She was
honoured by the nomination to be on the Wall of Fame at the GYC for her work with young people in Guelph and other communities.
Other Instructors & Support Staff
Leilani Bowry - Dance Teacher
Meghan Peters - Dance Teacher
Tonny Bulionis - Pianist
Gregson Lodge - Pianist
Grace Peters - Pianist
Hannah Brown - Reception
Rowen McBride-Pilon - Reception
Christena Jones - Reception