Stelio Calagias - Master Teacher, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Creative Director
Co-Owner - Front Street Dance, Nelson, BC
Stelio was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated from Marygrove College with a B.F.A. in dance, and went on to train extensively on full scholarship at Canada's National Ballet School with the legendary Erik Bruhn, among others. Stelio embarked on an impressive career that spans choreography, directing, teaching, and performance.
As a professional choreographer, master teacher, singer, and dancer, Stelio's career has taken him across North America, Canada, Europe, and Puerto Rico.
He was the program director for Les Ballet Jazz, The Dance Centre in Toronto,
and has performed in countless productions on stage, in movies, and in cabarets, appearing in New York City, Lincoln Center, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Knoxville, Atlantic City, and Chicago, to name a few. He played the role of Mr. Mistoffelles in the original cast of the Canadian stage production of "Cats", the hit broadway musical, and did the first national tour. Stelio's versatility has allowed him to choreograph, direct, and perform in many productions including movies, opera, feature films, television, commercials, music videos, stage productions, national conferences. He recieved an Emmy nomination in the best musical drama category for his starring role in the CBC television production of the opera "The Medium" with Maureen Forrester.
Stelio has choreographed and worked with world class artists from the National Ballet of Canada, the Eliot Feld Ballet Co. of N.Y., the Czech National Ballet, Ballet Y's of Canada, and The Los Angeles Jazz Co. and the Australian Ballet Co. He has performed and worked with such stars as Buddy Hackett, Frank Sinatra, Peaches and Herb, Pia Zadora, Karen Kain, Kimberly Glasco, Frank Augustyn, Ann Reinking, Jeff Hyslop, Louise Pietre, Anthony Quinn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elliot Feld, Henry Winkler, Margaret Illmann, Gina Gershon, Jeanne Becker, Kenny Ortega, Michael Peters, Alanis Morrisette, Olivia Newton John, Martha Graham, and Gene Kelly. He taught on the dance faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto teaching there for 20 years, and has taught countless workshops and master classes for schools and colleges nationwide. He with his amazing wife, Eileen Birks co-founded and directed the well known Metro Movement Studios in Toronto for 26 years where they trained countless dancers over the years, many of which went on to very successful careers including numerous dancers on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance Canada", Cirque du Soleil, and on Broadway.
"My responsibility is to inspire talented people in such way that it brings out all of their creative potential, and to believe that with passion, discipline, comittment, and focus, they really can achieve their dreams."