Deborah Cameron – Teacher
A.R.A.D Teachers Diploma RTSMentor for the The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)
A coach to teachers, professional dancers, as well as younger students here in the province of British Columbia, who is honoured to share the knowledge and passion of “Teaching a Love of dance that lasts a lifetime“.
1988 – to Present Founder and owner of Cameron Academy of Classical Dance in Langley, BC Canada with training specializing in classical ballet technique. Fully registered and accredited Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England and holds teacher’s diplomas in Children and Pre-professional teaching syllabus attaining Highly commended marks in these examinations. Graduate students are now performing and teaching internationally in many idioms of dance.
1970 – 1988 Former graduate and faculty member of Canadian Dance World Studios.
1971 – 1976 Faculty at Dorothy Hunter’s Lynn Valley School of Dance
1971 – 1973 Teacher for Delta Parks and Recreation
Trained at Canadian Dance World studios, under the tutelage of Josephine Slater A.R.A.D. A.T.C., Ellen Andrews A.R.A.D. A.T.C. and Norbert Vesak. During training prepared and completed all of the RAD ballet examinations in children’s work and Major syllabus. High Marks were attained in all examinations with a Highly commended award in final examination level of
Advanced. Extensive training continued in ballet and contemporary/modern dance with internationally renowned teachers in Canada and USA included working with Norbert Vesak, Albert Reid, Norman Walker in Horton, Limon, Graham and other methods. Received full scholarship studies 1972 – 1974 in Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, East Indian, Jazz and Spanish at Jacob’s Pillow, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Became an assistant teacher in 1965, and opened the Langley studio of Canadian Dance World in 1970. As a faculty member and co-owner of Canadian Dance World studios taught ballet and contemporary classes. Received the award of Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in 1973 for accomplishments in Advanced examination levels.
History of Canadian Dance World Studios: Founded by Josephine Slater A.R.A.D. A.T.C. included co-owners Ellen Andrews A.R.A.D. A.T.C., Norbert Vesak and later Deborah Cameron.
Josephine Slater A.R.A.D. A.T.C. (d 1995 in New Westminster, BC.) was a pioneering dance teacher for the RAD in BC and founder of Lynden Studio of Dance later renamed Canadian Dance World Studios. Through her tutelage her students went on to become respected dancers and teachers throughout North America and Europe.
Ellen Andrews A.R.A.D. A.T.C. faculty member of Lynden Studios and co-owner of Canadian Dance World, became one of Canada’s first dual examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance from Canada. Her students continue to become teachers and dancers throughout the world. She is currently teaching at Linda Jamieson School of Dance in Kanata Ontario.
Norbert Vesak [(b at Port Moody, BC 22 Oct 1936; d at Charlotte, North Carolina 1990) was discovered by Josephine Slater at a local festival, and under her tutelage became both a co-owner of Canadian Dance World and also Resident choreographer at VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE Theatre in 1964 before founding Western Dance Theatre (1969-71) in Vancouver; official
choreographer for the ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET in the 1970s creating- The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1971), What to Do Till the Messiah Comes (1973), whose “Belong” pas de deux was Evelyn Hart’s signature piece which won a gold medal for choreography at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1980, then directed the Metropolitan and San Francisco Opera ballets while creating dances for many companies in Europe and the US.
Professional performances Performed with Vivaldi Concert Dancers, Pillow Dancers, and Ballet Horizons. Commenced Professional Teaching career in 1970.