Owner & Artistic Director
RAD TC, ADAPT
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary
Ricky teaches Classical Ballet and Jazz from beginner to advanced levels. He is a certified instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT).
Manager of Curriculum and Operations
DDTS (Distinction), RAD RTS
Ballet, Jumps & Turns, Dance Conditioning, Modern
Katherine moved to Kingston in 2008 after completing bachelors’ degrees in Political Science, Women’s Studies, French and Ukrainian Language and Literature at the University of Alberta. While living in Edmonton, Katherine studied ballet (Cecchetti and RAD) and modern (Limon). In 2003, she completed her Advanced Cecchetti exam.
Claude Marc Forest
Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary
Claude Marc Forest start dancing at the early age of 7. His love for dance was classical, however he also trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballroom and Latin dance. He began his professional training at the cole de danse Eddy Toussaint, primarily under Camilla Malashenko.
Linda Thomson is a local family Physician whose recreational dancing turned into a partnership with Ricky Beaulieu when they opened the 5678 Dance Studio in September 1988.
Advanced ADAPT, F.A.
Jazz, Tap, Dance Conditioning
A native of Ottawa, Andrea donned her first pair of dance shoes at age 2 and has never looked back. She trained and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Baton, Musical Theatre, Vocal and Modern dance.
ADAPT, BFA (Dance), BEd
Catherine is originally from Smiths Falls, Ontario and has been a part of the 5678 staff for over 16 years. She has watched her students grow and go off into many avenues of dance including professional dance schools, musical theatre, and on international tours.
Contemporary, Hip Hop
Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Charlotte couldn’t be happier to be back in her hometown and teaching at the studio that pushed her to be a dedicated dancer. She has been dancing for over 20 years and has competed just as long in various styles of dance. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her favourite are all of them!
Ballet, Stretching & Flexibility
Amy is looking forward to being back in the ballet studio this fall working with dancers of all ages. She is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and has performed in many productions with Canada’s RWB. She furthered her career in London, England where she had the opportunity to tour and perform while working with world renowned choreographers such as Matthew Bourne, Harold King and Geoffrey Cauley.
Laura Koch has been dancing with 5678 for over 10 years and has completed her ADAPT Intermediate 3 Jazz exam as well as her RAD Advanced Foundations Ballet exam. She is looking forward to returning for another exciting year and seeing all your lovely faces in the studio!
Teachers in Training
Bianca Campbell has been dancing at 5678 Dance Studio for over 10 years. She loves being a part of the wonderful 5678 Dance Studio family. She trains in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics. She has completed RAD Intermediate Ballet and Intermediate 2 Jazz. She has assisted for over two years, helping with Junior Jazz 3 and Pre-Ballet through Primary in ballet. She loves to assist because of the rewarding feeling when the dancers leave radiant, relaxed, and determined. She looks forward to assisting and dancing at 5678 for years to come.
Andie Siemens started dancing at 5678 in 2007 at the age of six and is currently taking classes in jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical and song and dance. She recently completed her Intermediate II jazz exam and her Intermediate ballet exam. This is her first year assisting with the Pre-junior jazz class and enjoys sharing her passion with the young dancers. She hopes to continue with assisting and is very excited to watch the students incorporate dance into their lives.
Dance Assistant’s Program
Part of creating an inviting community lies in relationships between older dancers and younger ones. Our Dance Assistant’s program helps to provide our older dancers with leadership opportunities with younger ones. Dancers wanting to apply for the Dance Assistant’s Program should demonstrate good attendance, a positive attitude towards learning and be at a minimum of an Intermediate level in Ballet or Jazz working towards those exams. As we require a limited number of assistants each year, we ask all interested dancers to apply via email to the desk, indicating their interest to assist. If your child’s class has an assistant, know they are benefiting from highly trained, motivated young dancers who want to give back to their communities!