Inspired by my own daughter’s beautiful imagination, I wanted to create a dance school where I could apply all of my experiences and knowledge to create beautifully engaging classes. A starting POINTE for the petite ones, to learn dance skills and grow. As a mother I understand that parents want a quality lesson AND for their child to have fun in a friendly environment. I want our environment to remain warm and approachable. Please feel free to contact me at any time (well… before or after class is best).
Mary Yount – Director
Having had the opportunity to direct three different children’s programs, Mary learned the important balance between a child’s freedom to express and a teacher’s guidance and believes young children who really love their dance classes are those who are allowed to explore their creativity, at their own comfort level, in a happy and gently structured environment. By continuing on with dance, children gain confidence, strength, coordination, flexibility, musicality and concentration skills.
Mary has worked as a teacher, director, examiner, adjudicator, performer and mentor over the last 20 years and has joyfully taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and tap at all age and ability levels. Aside from years of experience, she’s highly qualified. After earning a degree in Science, she received a distinction – the highest mark awarded – on her teacher exams through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2005. She was also awarded teacher qualifications through the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association) in both Jazz and Modern. Over the course of her dance education, she was extremely fortunate to train at many highly regarded ballet schools – The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet, and the Canadian School of Ballet.
Monique Graffeo – Teacher Bio:
Monique began her dance training at ED5 International under the guidance of Elena DeCinque at the age of 3. Through her junior school years she completed the A.T.O.D Jazz & Tap exams and RAD ballet exams. She was lucky enough to perform in many regional competitions and international dance tours: Grand Prix Italia 2008 & USA Disneyland 2011. Throughout junior school she was awarded the I Love Dance Sweetheart of the Year (2009) and the Nicole Fitzsimmons award (2014).
Monique has since graduated Junior school (2014) and completed her Diploma in Performing Arts at ED5 International. Here she worked with many renowned choreographers and mentors such as William A Forsythe, Leslie Bell, Michael Corbett & Shannon O’Shea. She performed at the Annual Premier’s Concert (2016), Carol’s in the Domain (2016), Netball World Cup Opening Ceremony (2016), P&O Vocalist recording (2015). Upon graduating Monique was offered a 13 month contract at Universal Studios Japan where she sang and danced in the Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show, Halloween Parade and Christmas Light Show.
Upon her return home Monique has been working in various parts of the industry. She was featured in a music video (KiNNi – Heel’s To Dance), A featured ballerina in a Korean TV Ad (FM Films), has been teaching singing and dancing at various schools & has completed a Cert IV in Pilates Instructing.
Monique is so excited to be teaching the wonderful students at Pointe Petite . She has learned so much from so many great mentors and hopes to nurture her students and supply them with a wealth of knowledge far beyond just performing.