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Catherine Friesen

Catherine Friesen


Teacher and Choreographer


Born in Ottawa, Catherine was trained in Russian and Cecchetti ballet at National Capital Dance Educators. At the age of 12, she went to the National Ballet School in Toronto; and then two years later, she studied at the School of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Catherine has performed with Ottawa Ballet; Les Jeunes Ballet du Quebec’s tour of France and Switzerland; and with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in their Western Canada and Quebec tour. After doing an apprenticeship with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she started to take an interest in Musical Theatre. She performed in “Hey Mr. Producer,” a Tribute to Bob Fosse as a dancer/singer on a cruise line. She decided to start travelling the world through her dance career! She worked on Crystal Cruise Lines as the Lead Adage couple performing in the Pas de Deux from Carousel Ballet and Romeo & Juliet. Catherine also continued to perform as a dancer/singer in 12 different revue shows. She became the Dance Captain for the last three years of cruising while still performing full-time. Once Catherine decided she wanted to remain on land, she performed in the hit musical Cabaret in Montreal; and then in a touring show called “Best of Broadway.” Catherine still performs with a company in Montreal. While she is not dancing, she is either choreographing or teaching ballet, pointe, pilates or “Family Dance Jam.” Catherine is also a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

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