Elizabeth Smailes

Certifications

  • is a Fellow member, in the Standard discipline and Licentiate member, in both Standard and Latin disciplines, with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA). There are four levels of membership within the CDTA, each denoting a greater degree of experience and knowledge. Fellow is the top level and Licentiate is second from the top.
  • Elizabeth has obtained CDTA amateur medal tests up to Silver level (second from the top) and participation in amateur ballroom dance competitions, until the decision to turn professional (no longer eligible to participate in amateur programs).
  • Elizabeth ensures that all members of the E & R Ballroom Dance teaching team uphold the high standards set by the CDTA through periodic training sessions and mentorship.

Experience

Elizabeth Smailes has been active in the ballroom dance community since 1989, and instructing professionally since 1995. Past experience includes:

  • Assistant in numerous group dance classes and was the “student” in private dance lessons with a highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructor, Reg Rossin, who is a Fellowship member of the CDTA, examiner for the CDTA and judge at world class competitions. Reg Rossin is Elizabeth’s mentor and professional coach as she continues her own professional development.
  • Contracts to teach ballroom dance aboard cruise ships
  • Attendance at several DanceVision Ballroom Dance Camps taught by world class ballroom dance professionals.
  • Has instructed numerous ballroom dance classes to thousands of students, in both International and American ballroom dance styles, and many other forms of non-ballroom social partner dancing
  • Has conducted numerous private dance lessons to hundreds of students, in particular a great deal of wedding preparation.
  • Has coached dozens of students to success in their own amateur ballroom dance exams.
  • Full Time employment income from actively teaching professionally since 1995 for the
    • Victoria Ballroom Dance Society
    • The following recreation centres: Panorama Leisure Centre, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Oak Bay Parks & Recreation, Westshore Parks & Recreation, Esquimalt Parks & Recreation.

 Ron Smailes

Certifications

  • is a highly accomplished amateur ballroom dancer of approximately twenty years, with an extensive background in competition, and now uses the thousands of hours of competition preparation and training, to instruct ballroom dance classes for E & R Ballroom Dance.
  • Ron’s amateur Competition placements
    2001
    3rd - Newcomer Standard- Dance Pacifica Competition
    2002
    3rd - Silver Waltz -April 20 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2008
    3rd - Open Jive- December 13 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open West Coast Swing - December 13 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2009
    1st - Senior Silver Latin - Dance Pacifica Competition
    1st - Open Jive -April 18 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open West Coast Swing -April 18 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open West Coast Swing -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open Jive -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open Rumba -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2nd - Senior Silver Latin - Gala Ball Competition2nd - Adult Pre-Bronze - Snow Ball Classic Competition
    2nd - Senior Bronze Standard - Dance Pacifica Competition
    2nd - Senior Bronze Latin - Dance Pacifica Competition
    2nd - Open Quick Step -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2nd - Open Rumba -April 18 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2nd - Open Viennese Waltz -April 18 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2nd - Senior Silver Latin - Island Fantasy Ball Competition
    3rd - Senior Bronze Latin - Island Fantasy Ball Competition
    3rd - Senior Silver Standard - Dance Pacifica Competition
    3rd - Adult Bronze Latin - Dance Pacifica Competition
    3rd - Senior Pre-Bronze - Snow Ball Classic Competition
    3rd - Open Slow Foxtrot -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    3rd - Open Viennese Waltz -December 12 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    3rd - Adult Silver Latin - Dance Pacifica Competition
    2010
    1st - Open West Coast Swing -April 10 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    1st - Open Jive -April 10 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2nd - Open Rumba -April 10 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition
    2rd - Open Quick Step - April 10 - Victoria Clubs Closed Competition

Experience

  • Instructed numerous ballroom line dance workshops for 10+ years
  • Assisted with numerous social ballroom group dance classes with highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructors for 8+ years
  • Assisted with numerous youth group dance classes with highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructor for 4+ years
  • Instructed numerous private dance lessons for social dancing including wedding preparation over the last 3 years
  • Full Time employment income from actively instructing numerous Social Ballroom dance lessons for Recreation Centres for the past 3 years, including; Saanich Commonwealth Place, Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Panorama Leisure Centre, Oak Bay Parks & Recreation, Esquimalt Parks & Recreation, Kerry Park in Mill Bay 

David and Pennie Scott

Certifications

  • began their ballroom dance lessons with the then McGregor Dance Studio in 2007, and have been part of the E & R Ballroom Dance Team since the fall of 2014.
  • David is a certified adult educator with about 15 years experience in creating and facilitating adult learning.

Experience

  • Assisted with numerous social ballroom group dance classes with highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructor for 4+ years
  • Instructed numerous private dance lessons for social dancing including wedding preparation over the last 3 years
  • Instructed numerous Social Ballroom dance lessons for Recreation Centres for the past 3 years, including; Panorama Leisure Centre, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Westshore Parks & Recreation, and the Cowichan Valley Regional District (Shawnigan Lake, Kerry Park in Mill Bay, Island Savings Centre in Duncan, and Lake Cowichan)

Mark Collins and Gillian Collins

Certifications

  • Mark began his ballroom dance lessons in Blackpool, England in 1976 and continued them with McGregor Dance Studio in 1997.
  • Mark has achieved his Bronze Medals in both Standard and Latin disciplines.
  • Mark has been part of the E & R Ballroom Dance Team, intermittently, since 1998, as he moved away from Victoria for several years, returning in 2014.
  • Gillian began her dance lessons with McGregor Dance Studio in 2000, which is where she and Mark met.
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Experience

  • Assisted with numerous social ballroom group dance classes with highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructor for 4+ years
  • Instructed numerous Social Ballroom dance lessons for Recreation Centres for the past 3 years, including; Oak Bay Parks & Recreation, Westshore Parks & Recreation, Esquimalt Parks & Recreation, Edward Milne School Society in Sooke.

Tara Stephenson

Certifications

  • has been dancing with E & R Ballroom Dance for 19 years, and has been part of the E & R Ballroom Dance Team, intermittently, since 2001, as she moved away from Victoria for a few years, returning in 2011.
  • She has achieved her Bronze Medals in both Standard and Latin disciplines.
  • Tara has a Bachelor of Education and many years of teaching experience in education and business.

Experience

  • Assisted with numerous social ballroom group dance classes with highly-qualified and experienced ballroom dance instructor for 4+ years
  • Instructed Social Ballroom dance lessons for Recreation Centres for the past 3 years, including; Westshore Parks & Recreation and City of Victoria Crystal Pool.

 

E & R Ballroom Team:

Elizabeth instructs the higher level classes personally, specifically Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Beyond Bronze & Silver.

Ron assists Elizabeth in her higher level classes, and occasionally substitutes for her, and also teaches Levels 1, 2 and 3 and some of the mini-courses.

David & Pennie Scott, Mark & Gillian Collins & Tara Stephenson instruct beginner level classes from level 1 through 3 and some mini-courses. They have all been selected to be part of the E & R Ballroom Dance team, having proved themselves to have good people skills, having acquired good dance skills and an understanding of the technique and a desire and ability to share that knowledge with students. We receive nothing but positive comments and rave reviews from our students about all of our assistant dance instructors. Their continuing professional development is overseen by Elizabeth Smailes to ensure they uphold our high standards

 

NOTES:

  • Page Last Update: May 2017
  • All stated years above refer to lastupdate date.