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Irene Booth

Irene Booth

Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Instructor - RAD Mentor, CDTA Examiner

Irene is a passionate dance instructor and has danced since the young age of three. As a student, she trained on Vancouver Island and in 1991 pursued a post secondary education, in Edmonton, Alberta at the Grant Mac Ewan University. Irene received an honorarium scholarship, a degree in Dance Teacher Training, a Diploma in Dance and graduated with Distinction. Her training included classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Character Dance and Pointe.

Irene is a fully registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and Performing Arts Educators of Canada. With over 30 years of teaching experience she has trained dancers with much success, towards examinations, competitions and performances that has lead them to professional careers as dancers, performers, teachers and studio owners. As a certified mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS program, Irene has been successful in working with young teachers to obtain their certification in teaching.

In 1993, Irene established Tempo Dance Academy in Nanaimo BC, and continues to run the school as the Owner/Founder and Artistic Director. Incorporating a second studio in 2010, known as Rhythm Dance Academy in Ladysmith BC, Irene later sold to one of her mentored students, in 2015. In 2017, Irene and a former pupil and studio owner to Bella Dance Academy announced the opening of their new studio in Langford, BC “Elevate Dance Centre”.

Each year, Irene continues to pursue her dance training and knowledge of new teaching techniques through various workshops, courses and seminars. Her goal is to establish a strong foundation of ballet technique for her students, developing a passion for the love of dance in all its forms and an appreciation of each student's uniqueness and abilities. She focuses her dance teaching in a technique-based class, emphasizing correct posture and placement with creative and fun touches.

Currently, Irene serves as a certified Ballet. Modern, Stage and Acro examiner with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association BC Branch, and is an active member on the Executive Board of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch as the BC CDTA Modern Chairperson.

Irene is a sought after adjudicator for many local, provincial and private festivals across Canada. She enjoys sharing her love of dance through her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance, through dance education, mentoring and creating productions.  In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and travelling as often as possible.

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