ESTHER AMÉRICA CARON
BABYWEARING LATIN DANCE, BALLET & PARENTS-TODDLERS DANCE CLASS INSTRUCTOR & OWNER
Esther América is a professionally trained dancer and instructor. A former dancer for Montreal’s world renowned Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she has been teaching dance for over a decade in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Esther graduated from L'École Supérieure du Ballet du Québec and has received many honours, prizes and special distinctions. She is a certified associate of the Cecchetti Society of Canada in classical ballet. Esther has also studied Spanish Dance at an early age and was part of a Spanish Dance troupe called Alegria de España. Esther is currently a dance teacher for The School of dance. Since 2007, following the birth of her first child, Esther has been sharing her love of dance with other mothers. She successfully introduced Ottawa-Gatineau region to Latin dance and Ballet classes for moms and babies. She now has four children who all love to dance with her. Esther is certified by the Babywearing Canadian school as level 1 Babywearing Educator.
BABYWEARING Street & LATIN DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Emilie is an experienced dancer and performer, teacher and choreographer with over 15 years of teaching experience; she is also a nationally certified fitness and yoga teacher. She currently teaches dance at seven studios in Ottawa: Ballroom and Latin (Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha and others), as well as Reggaeton, Dancehall, Hip Hop, House, Salsaton and Vogue. She makes learning and dancing fun, motivating, and adapted to her students’ needs, whether adults, teens or kids. She likes to travel regularly to keep herself up to date on new beats, rhythms and dance moves that she brings back to her students. Known for her energy and her smile, Emilie's passion for dance is truly contagious!
BABYWEARING LATIN & Afro DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Bernadeth Betchi is a dancer, choreographer, stage director and artist. Dance has always been part of her life. From a young age, she was already moving to African sound. She competed in Latin Dance and hip hop. She also added Jazz, Dance Hall and Bhangra to her repertoire. She also performed in many local plays. Bernadeth loves and feels at home on a stage. Her passion for art, music and dance is a driving force in her life and she has let it guide and strengthened her as she continues to perfect her craft. What she likes the most about her passion is that she can do if and share it with her kids. Her joyful and energetic attitude is infectious and makes any time with her fun and memorable.
BABYWEARING LATIN DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Julie-Anne has a passion for dance and physical activities. She took jazz, tap and classical ballet classes throughout her childhood and aerobics later on. She is very active and is always looking for new and exciting ways to stay in shape. When she heard about dancing Salsa with babies she immediately knew it was perfect for her. Julie-Anne is an elementary teacher and the mother of six children. She is also a certified Babywearing instructor.