Introducing HNMCS’ Elite Artists
Holy Name of Mary College School is committed to fuelling the aspirations of passionate athletes and artists. We understand the additional commitment of time and energy required to perform at an elite level while also maintaining the stability of academic excellence. Towards that end students enrolled in the Elite Artist programme are supported as they strive for excellence in their athletic and artistic passions.
Pilar Bianchini is a pre-professional ballet student who is working towards becoming professional ballerina. She trains 25 to 30 hours, six days a week. Last year, she placed first overall at the En Pointe & Just Dance Competition for both ballet and contemporary. She has twice received the Ashley Medina Award for most promising pointe dancer. She also placed top 12 at the Youth American Grand Prix. Pilar has auditioned for and been accepted to summer schools at the Royal Ballet in London England, the American Ballet Theatre in NYC, the School of American Ballet in NYC, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, New York and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. This summer 2018, Pilar will be attending the Washington Ballet School Summer Intensive for 5 weeks.
HNMCS is thrilled to support Pilar’s passion. Our Elite Athlete & Artist programme is designed to ensure artists such as Pilar can succeed both academically and in their artistic endeavours.
Links to Ballet solo and contemporary solos:
After winning a silver medal at the World of Tap Championships in Germany in November and on the heels of a successful spring season having one 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall finishes, a top Jazz score and a Judges Choice award in three events with one more to go, Mallory Bond reflects on the tremendous support she has received from the school.
“This year has been especially inspirational for me because, concurrent with my dance, I have been given the opportunity to complete a Personal and Fitness Activities credit in which I am challenged to explore my commitment to dance, health, leadership and life skills.”
Justine Christoff attends a professional training program at Cadence School of Ballet, where she trains between 18 and 25 hours each week. This year Justine competed in regional and international competitions, winning awards both as part of a group and as a solo artist.
At the Canadian National Dance Championships Justine placed first in her age group (11-12 yrs) in classical ballet on pointe and contemporary solo. She also placed first in the overall junior category (11-14 yrs) for classical ballet (Flames of Paris) and second for her contemporary solo (Eyes Shut)
Justine is looking forward to her year-end show where she will perform in Don Quixote at the Al Green theatre in June.
Madison Gorthy has been dancing with the Canadian Dance Company for 10 years. For the last seven years she has been a competitive dancer in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Tap, training at the studio more than 20 hours each week. In order to balance dance, school, friends and home-life, she has committed to a very disciplined routine.
As part of the Senior team Madison has had a successful season, winning top score awards for a number of their routines at multiple competitions. Her experience continues to build confidence as she improves with each competition.
Over the past year, Noemi Lofranco performed at various charity events and festivals, took part in three dance competitions across Canada and has served as choreographer for other dancers. She also appeared on the Family Channel in the TV show ‘We are Savvy’ and was invited to compete for Team Canada in Poland.
Team Canada Dance is includes Canada’s most elite dancers, performers and choreographers who compete on the international stage proudly representing Canada.
Victoria Mloch was invited to join the Pre-Professional Program of the Oakville School of Classical Ballet (OSCB) in September 2017. Her daily training includes Ballet Classes, Pointe and Repertoire, Character Dance, and Contemporary. She is working toward the American Ballet Theatre-National Training Curriculum Level 3 Examination and preparing for the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Examination.
She performed in Oakville Ballet’s The Nutcracker this past December and is currently preparing for a spring showcase later this month. Victoria will perform with her ballet class peers in Sleeping Beauty, and also in a mixed bill of classical and contemporary works.
Payton and Ainsley Rix
Dance has been a huge part of Payton and Ainsley Rix’s lives for the past 12 years as members of the Canadian Dance Company. This season culminated with a very successful Hall of Fame Dance Challenge.
While Ainsley proved her professionalism by dancing with a sprained foot, Payton was in form, scoring 299.5 out of a possible 300 in her solo and winning top honours in a number of categories. She also earned her place as a Hall of Fame inductee. Congratulations to all of the CDC dancers and to the other studios.
Emily Roman dances 25 to 30 hours a week and appreciates her weekly meetings with her advisor. She chose to begin high school at HNMCS. “We wanted to make sure I was going to a school that understands how busy I am,” she says.