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Frances Hellens McDonald

Frances Hellens McDonald


Frances Hellens McDonald CHOREOGRAPHER
Co-Founder of DancesToGo.com


Frances began her Fine Arts career as a classical pianist at a young age of 11 years. She performed at festivals and events in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. She continued her intensive musical training with the Royal Conservatory of Music faculty at Alma College. While studying, Frances fell in love with the art of dance. Her dance training with the co-founders and the principal dancer of the London Civic Ballet enabled her to study with great master teachers including Boris Volkoff, Brian Scott, Celia Franca, Gus Giordano, Luigi and Le Ballet Jazz. Frances began her dance teaching career when she was fifteen years old, apprenticing in three major cities in Ontario. At nineteen, Frances became a triple threat professional dancer, singer and actress. Her first professional play was with the Toronto Workshop Productions and from there she went on tour as a freelance artist working with many famous choreographers and celebrities. Frances left her touring life to teach dance, enter the competition dance world, marry and raise a wonderful son (who as an IT director, designed her dancestogo.com website!). After forty years of teaching for many dance studios, Frances retired from her own studio, Foot Notes Dance Studio to specialize in choreography and musical activities for Pre- Primary, Primary, Mini and Junior classical dance.