Crystal Lake Conservatory prides itself on hiring only certified, experienced, career instructors. All of our teaching staff have had professional performing careers, as well as post-secondary degrees. All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Staff participate in annual continuing education, and are always expanding the skills they can offer to CLC students.
Our staff hold certifications and registered status with:
Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.)
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.)
Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T.)
Acrobatic Arts (A.A.)
Acrobatic Dance Teachers Association (A.D.T.A)
Society of Russian Ballet - Canada Chapter (S.R.B.)
National Coaching Certificate Program - Gymnastics (N.C.C.P.)
Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.)
Miss Heather-Ami, RAD RTS, AISTD, NBS TTP Dip., BFA Spec. Hons (Dance)
Miss Heather-Ami is Certified dance teacher with over 15 years teaching and coaching experience. She holds a BFA Spec. Hons in Dance from York University, Toronto (specializing in Kinesiology and Dance for the Young Child). After finishing her Bachelor's Degree she went on to Graduate studies at Canada's National Ballet School - Teacher Training Program.
Miss Heather-Ami performed professionally for 10 years in contemporary and classical ballet companies. She has toured Europe, North America, South America, Japan and Israel.
She holds accreditation with high standing with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS), the National Coaching Certificate Program - Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics (NCCP L1; L2), Acrobatic Arts (Module 1: June 2015; Module 2: August 2016; Back-handspring and Aerial Workshop: August 2016; Adjudicators Course: 2020), and the International Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD Associate - National Branch), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teacher (ADAPT).
She has also trained extensively in the Cecchetti Method and Vagonova style of Ballet. She is CPR (First Responder) and First Aid certified. She is proud to hold YPAD certification (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance). Heather-Ami is currently completing the Professional Affiliate status with the Society of Russian Ballet (Canada Chapter)
As a choreographer, she has been won many awards for choreography, costumes, and concepts. Her students have been accepted to: Joffery Ballet, Boston Ballet, Canada's National Ballet School, School of Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ryerson University Dance Department, Youth America Grand Prix, Harvard Law School, Radio City Rockettes Summer Program, Bolshoi Ballet D.C., and Butler University Dance. She is a certified competitive adjudicator with both Acrobatic Arts, and A.D.T.A., and judges across Canada.
Miss Heather has been operating Crystal Lake Conservatory (formerly Jo-Ann Adams School of Dance 1993-2018) since 2018.