Artistic Director

Rukshana Elavia

Rukshana Maya Elavia

Born in Vancouver, Academy Director, Rukshana Engineer holds teaching qualifications with The National Ballet School, The Royal Academy of Dancing, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, (Cecchetti International) and The Canadian Dance Teacher's Association. In addition to receiving her respective teaching credentials with 'Distinction', Ms. Engineer was the recipient of a major Canada Council grant based on her teaching calibre, and holds certificates from The Beijing Dance Academy and London's Benesh Institute of Choreology.

A gifted teacher, appreciated for her innovative, "dancey" classes, Ms. Engineer has taught beginners through professionals and has also coached serious skating, gymnastics and Latin dance competitors. She also has the rare distinction of having entered students into four different examination syllabi: Cecchetti International, RAD, CDTA and Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Exams with excellent results; and has also coached students to first place standings in festivals in Ontario and BC. Her desire to keep expanding her knowledge has included a major study tour of some of the world's most respected ballet institutions in North America, western Europe, Russia and Cuba. Although she was offered a position at a major company ballet school, she opted to stay in Vancouver to nurture her vision of unique school of dance.

In addition to her love for ballet, Ms. Engineer has an extensive background in other dance arts including ballroom and latin, flamenco, bharata natyam and Chinese dance. She has used her knowledge of diverse styles to create balletic, ethnic and fusion choreographies of beauty and flair.

"Rukshana has a wonderful talent to convey and teach what dance is all about.  Her students are lucky to have such an elegant example of
Vanessa Harwood, Former Principal Ballerina, The National Ballet of Canada;  O.C. (Order of Canada)

The Academy of International Dance Arts

Telephone: 604-327-9313

808 East 50th Ave
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5X 1B5