Martha Nicholson ARAD ATD RTS, Director

Martha began her early training at the age of 8 in Charlottetown, PEI. She began her professional dance training at Ryerson, graduating from the dance program in 1976. After Ryerson she continued her training at the Banff School of Fine Arts and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional division. In 1977 Ms. Nicholson began teaching at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and remained with the organization until moving to Charlottetown in 1993 when she established the Island Dance Academy. She holds her Advanced 2 RAD executant certificate, ISTD Advanced 2 Modern and National certificates, as well as the Advanced Teachers Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance.As well as RAD she has also trained in Cecchetti and Vaganova styles of ballet and Graham and Limon modern Her students have gone on to train and perform with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Ryerson, Juilliard and Confederation Centre’s Young Company. In 1998 she was appointed to the Board of Tutors of the RAD. As a Tutor Ms. Nicholson trains teachers across North America as part of the RAD's teaching program. Ms. Nicholson is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Ms. Nicholson will be teaching ballet and pointe.


Shannon White RTS RAD

Shannon WhiteMrs. White is a graduate of the Royal Academy's Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) and is a registered teacher with the RAD. She holds her Advanced 1 certificate from the RAD.She is a graduate of the Island Dance Academy and has studied RAD, Cecchetti, and Vaganova styles of ballet as well as modern, jazz and lyrcal.

She has performed with the Charlottetown Festival(Anne) and the PEI symphony (Nutcracker) as well as numerous trade shows and conferences with Tourism PEI. She has performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Canada Games. Her choreograpghy  for students has won top awards in many competitions.

Mrs. White has developed the IDA"S cirriculum for the jazz, lyrical and broadway programs.  

Mrs. White will be teaching ballet, pointe, jazz., broadway and conditioninng.


Katelyne Ross

Katelyne RossKatelyne is a graduate of the Island Dance Acadmey and holds her Advanced 1 Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance. She has attended George Brown's dance program and has performed with Ballet Jorgen in their outreach porgram.

Miss. Katelyne is currently enrolled on the CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) with the RAD and will be teaching the creative Movement programs as well as the junior jazz classes. 


Yvonne Li

Yvonne LiMiss Yvonne began her early training in Chonqing, China at the age of 6. She holds her Level 7 examination with the Bejing Dance Academy. While in China she created a dance club at Guangya IB School and taught there from 2008 - 2010. In 2010 Miss Yvonne moved to PEI to attend UPEI where she optained her BA.

Miss Yvonne holds her Advanced 1 certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance and is currently in her 2nd year of the RAD's Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. 

Miss Yvonne will be teaching the junior ballet classes.