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."

Eileen Birks - Master Teacher

Co-Owner - Front Street Dance, Nelson, BC

After graduating from Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, Eileen's pursuance of dance took her to the Professional Training Program of Les Ballet Jazz in Toronto. Eileen's dance training covers many dance styles: ballet, modern and jazz. A passion for dance inspired Eileen to pursue further dance training in New York City.

Eileen has scores of performance appearances in Toronto and Edmonton. In 1989 Eileen co-founded Metro Movement Dance Studio with Stelio Calagias. Together they successfully directed the studio for 26 years.

Eileen is an expert of kinesthetic anatomy and has studied for over 20 years with Irene Dowd from the Julliard School in New York City. Afterwards she assisted Irene for numerous years with the Kinesthetic Anatomy for Dancers Workshop in New York. In addition, Eileen was also on the faculty of the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program in Toronto where she taught kinesthetic anatomy for 10 years.

After being certified in 1994 by Vancouver's Dianne Miller and the Physical Mind Institute of Santa Fe she became a certified Pilates Instructor. She was Diane's assistant for several Teacher Training Programs in Toronto.

In 2011 Eileen discovered the work of Katy Bowman and Restorative Exercise™. After intensive studies she became certified as a Restorative Exercise Specialist™ and a Healthy Foot Practitioner™ in 2013. This work has now become her passion and focus.