Royal Ballet School trained Karin Hobby has many years experience in the dance education field. Her passion for dance is inherent in her teaching, and inspires her students of all ages. She opened the doors of the highly regarded Karin Hobby Dance Academy in 2009, a school consistent with her individual teaching philosophy and expertise, after selling her interest in North London Dance Centre which she founded in 1997. She previously taught in the Western University Dance Program for 17 years as well as at other major London private studios.
She received her teacher training at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, England and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD Teaching Diploma - Distinction) and an Associate with The Cecchetti Society of Ballet (UK and Canada).
Karin is also a licensed physiotherapist with her Masters of Science degree. She has lectured in the under-graduate and graduate program in Physical Therapy at UWO in the field of rheumatology and has published and presented in the area of dance injuries. Most recently she has worked to achieve Certification in Bone Fit Training through Osteoporosis Canada. She has also independently developed the Physiotherapy programs in Rheumatology and Pain at St Joseph's Healthcare London. She has tutored the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies for the Healthy Dancer Module for the past 7 years. Although not all dance injuries are preventable we can strive to reduce the incidence and the impact.
She has attended numerous National Ballet of Canada teacher workshops, studied the Vagonova (Russian) method of training and all levels of the Bonnie Popodopolaus 3, 4 and 5 year old courses through the National Ballet School, Toronto. Additionally she has studied teaching in Vancouver (Richmond Academy), Winnipeg (RWB), New York and Seattle (Pacific Northwest Ballet), and is continuously engaged with the most recent dance events and teacher seminars.
Karin's students have gone on to:
- Canada's National Ballet School
- Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
- Quinte Ballet School
- Alberta Ballet school
- Arts Umbrella BC
- Sheridan College Music Theatre Program
- Ryerson University Dance Program
- The National Ballet of Canada
- Melbourne Ballet
- Deutsche Oper Am Rhein
- Opera Atelier Ballet
- Stratford Festival
- Mirvish Productions