Clara Gutauskas

Instructor

Clara has trained at the competitive level in various dance styles (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Tap, and Hip Hop) from a young age. She studied at York University, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in Dance and a double major with her Bachelor of Education. Clara studied at the Pavlova International Ballet School in Bergamo Italy on scholarship for a summer and took classes in LA with choreographers such as Stacey Tookey. She has trained and completed examinations in both RAD and Cecchetti ballet syllabi.

Clara has many years of performance and choreography experience. She toured with ballet company, Ballet Jorgen Canada for three years, playing the lead role Klara in their version of the Nutcracker. Clara participated in dance competitions and showcases with her dance studio and high school dance program. She has both performed in, and choreographed various dance pieces throughout her studies at York University- primarily contemporary and modern. Clara is currently training/performing and guest teaching at O.N.E. Hip Hop Studio in various styles of hip hop, jazz funk, and contemporary.

Clara is very passionate about dance education in Ontario schools and co-created a school program providing dance workshops from kindergarten to grade 8 that support expectations and requirements of the dance curriculum. She is a committee member for the Pulse Ontario Dance Conference which is held bi-annually that aims to support dance education in Ontario schools.

Clara has taught hip-hop recreation classes and programs over the past seven years across Richmond Hill, Mississauga, London, and Brampton. She has guest taught at studios and school dance programs in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz technique and choreography. Clara is very excited to join the En Avant Dance faculty and is looking forward to help shape the young dancers and find joy in both hip hop and contemporary dance.