Biography

Gina Sinclair Davis ARAD AISTD CDTA Licentiate

Royal Academy of Dance RTS (Registered Teacher Status) ARAD  Associate (Adv. Cert.) Mentor. Registered Teacher.
Life Time Member and Life Time Teaching Member.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing AISTD
Associate in Ballet, Modern and National. Grade/Medal exams in Greek, Tap and Ballroom.

Canadian Dance Teachers Association
Licentiate in Ballet, Modern and Multicultural Divisions

  • Sutton School Performing Arts UK
  • Brighton and Hove Stage Educational School. UK
  • Royal Ballet School UK
  • Arts Educational UK
  • London Festival Ballet UK
  • Professional dancer in both Ballet and Modern Dance Companies
  • Norbert Vesak
  • Jack Card
  • Chief Dan George
  • Academy de Ballet de Torreon
  • Danczas y Tradiciones Mexicana
  • Local Rehearsal ballet mistress for Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and other ballets for: Alberta Ballet Company, Ballet BC, Moscow Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet etc.

Gina grew up in the south of England and this is where she started her dance training at the age of 7.

She performed in her first London West End show at the age of 8, in the musical Carousel playing the youngest child of the Snow Family. From that moment on, Gina has continued to spend her life learning and sharing her passion for the theatre, musical theatre, and ballet.  Gina’s early years were spent at Stage Schools, where she blended academic school with the study of Ballet, Modern, National (ethnic dance) and many other forms of dance, acting and voice. With numerous performances of professional summer and winter productions, exams in all forms of dance, acting in movies and working for visiting ballet companies, Gina was fortunate to meet, observe, and learn from an amazing variety of top caliber artists.

At the age of 15 Gina won a full, two year scholarship as a ballet major to attend Arts Educational Trust, a Performing Arts College in the heart of London U.K. affiliated with The Festival Ballet. At Arts Educational Gina continued her studies and exams in RAD, (Royal Academy of Dance) ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Russian Ballet and Pas de Deux, as well as Modern Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, National dance, Vocal training, 18th Century Court dances, Fencing and Acting.  Whilst at Arts Educational Gina continued taking ballet and other dance exams, receiving Teacher Qualifications as well as dancing professionally. Gaining her final Advanced RAD Ballet Exam from Mr. John Marshall, she was the youngest student in the Company class. She was fortunate to have many gifted teachers and mentors helping and guiding her such as Elizabeth Hodgeshon, Anne Hebard, Joyce Mackie, Eve Pettinger and Ben Stevenson.

After several years of dancing professionally in the UK, Gina accepted an opportunity to move to Vancouver Canada, to work and perform with world renowned choreographer Norbert Vesak and his modern dance company. During her many years in Vancouver Gina also performed with Chief Dan George, in many CBC and CTV Television specials, danced in Operas, and for Choreographer Jack Card as part of the opening act for many of the music world headliners of the day. During this time Gina also taught RAD ballet and master classes in Vancouver, and in other Central and Western Canada cities.

Shortly after Norbert Vesak left the west coast Gina through the RAD, had the opportunity to be the acting Artistic Director for a ballet school and touring performing group in Mexico for two very memorable years. Whilst in Mexico she also had the opportunity to participate in the early beginnings of the Cuban Ballet System in Mexico City.

Upon returning to Canada, Gina opened her own school Sinclair Academy of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC.  As the Artistic director and head teacher of the school and choreographer for the touring performing company, Gina was able to gather top faculty and guest artists to compliment the training of her students. This incredible training offered at Sinclair Academy produced many Professional dancers, as well as Provincial and National award winning dancers and choirs.  The Sinclair Academy performing group "The Young Victorians" have appeared many times as guest artists with the Victoria Symphony as well as performing on tour in California, Mexico, Honduras, Hawaii and Alaska.

Many Sinclair Academy alumni are today successful artists in their own right as artistic directors of their own schools, as well as in the music, film, musical theatre, ballet, and modern dance world.  After 23 very successful and very fulfilling years at Sinclair Academy, Gina retired the studio to again pursue her own career as a Guest and Master Teacher, Choreographer, Adjudicator and as a mentor to young pre-professional dancers.  For more than 20 years Gina has been the local rehearsal assistant for ballet companies such as Alberta Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Ballet BC and others, teaching lead roles and supporting roles to dancers for productions of Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and other ballets.

Gina is featured as one of 18 international ballet teaching professionals in Dean Speers' book ‘On Technique’.  Gina has received many awards for her outstanding choreography, as well as nominations and awards in recognition of her long and successful association with the Royal Academy, and within the Arts Community.

Gina’s work with students with disabilities, her mentoring work with young teachers and dancers, and her extensive volunteer work promoting the performing arts has also been recognized.

Gina continues to share her passion and her love of Ballet and the Theatre with a full teaching schedule in the RAD syllabi Graded and Vocational levels, and as a guest Master Teacher and Choreographer. She also enjoys performing on stage in character roles, and feels immensely grateful that she has had so many opportunities to have such an interesting and successful career.

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