Teachers

Anne Sutherland
Studio Director

  • Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Judges Panel, Scotland
  • Fellow, Examiner and Life Member, British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD)
  • Past-President and Independent Member of ScotDance Canada
  • Member Advisory Committee ScotDance Canada
  • Member of the Judges Selection Committee ScotDance Canada
  • Past President and Honorary Life Member ScotDance Ontario
  • Artistic Director Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario
  • BATD Western Ontario Regional Chairman
  • BATD Western Ontario Highland Festival Organizer
  • Charter Member and Professional Advisor, Western Ontario Highland Dancers' Association

Carrie-Ann Craig
Highland

  • Member ScotDance Canada
  • Member BATD Highland and Scottish National Branches
  • 25 Years Highland Dance experience, having trained with Sutherland Studio of Dance
  • Over 20 Championship and Runner-Up Titles Ontario Closed Championship, Canadian Championship, Commonwealth Championship and World Championships at Cowal Highland Gathering, Dunoon Scotland
  • Performed in the 2008 Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland
  • Adult Trophy winner at SDCCS 2009 in Toronto

Ashleigh Vella
Ballet and Highland

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, York University
  • Bachelor of Education (Dance and Family Studies), York University
  • Dance Teacher Thames Valley District School Board, Montcalm SS and Medway SS
  • Choreographer High School Shows
  • Member BATD Highland
  • Highland Dancer since age 5 with Sutherland Studio of Dance
  • Champion Highland Dancer with additional training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballroom, Canadian Step Dancing and Irish Dance
  • Former Member of The Scottish Dance Company of Canada
  • Member of the Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario
  • Performances include The 2003 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Toronto Argonauts Blue Thunder Dance Team, and York University’s York Dances, Dance Innovations, and Repertory from 2004-2008

Ruth Barrett
Ballet Specialist

  • Fellow Member Cecchetti Council of America
  • R.A.D. Registered Teacher
  • Member B.A.T.D. (Ballet, Highland and Scottish Nationals Branches)
  • Vice Chair of B.A.T.D. Western Ontario
  • Vice Chair of Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario

Miss Ruth began her training in the Cecchetti Method as a dance student under Mary Ellen Cooper in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, at the age of five. She completed her Cecchetti Advanced Teacher's Exam in 1995, and later became a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Association of Teachers of Dancing after moving to Canada. She has been teaching ballet in London and the surrounding area since 1997. Always looking to further develop her teaching repertoire, Miss Ruth attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City on three occasions in recent years. As a dancer and a teacher, she spent many summers at the Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School in conjunction with Michigan State University, Hope College and the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet.

Although ballet is Miss Ruth’s passion ... musical theatre, tap, modern and highland all come a close second, and she has studied them all. She still enjoys performing in front of an audience.

Miss Ruth is the proud mother of two, and she and her husband love watching their son fence and swim and their daughter sing and dance. She is looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling year of dance with Sutherland Studio.