The Cameron School of Dance was founded in 1930 by the late Lorna Wallace Cameron. At the age of eleven Mrs. Cameron began taking private ballet classes from a young retired dancer of the New York Ballet theater. She was later trained in tap dancing and other styles of dance. During World War II Mrs. Cameron was a choreographer for a troupe show known as the “Legs ‘n Airs”. The troupe traveled throughout Military District No. 4 to entertain Military personnel.
Over the years Mrs. Cameron had taught hundreds and hundreds of dancers and in many instances three generations of the same family. “ I was grateful indeed to the parents who entrusted me with their precious little ones”.
The philosophy of the school has always been “Children helping Children”. The funds raised from all performances were, and still are, always donated to a children’s charity or organization. The students of the Cameron School of Dance are proud that in the last decade alone, they donated over $200,000 to the Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for sick children.
In the late 1960’s Mrs. Cameron’s daughter Cheri began teaching within the school. Cheri had spent her developmental years studying with the Royal Montreal Ballet Company, the Montreal Jazz Academy as well as other institutions. In 1990, Mrs. Cameron’s grand-daughter Shena joined her mother Cheri in the tradition of teaching within the school.
Co-Owner and daughter of the late Lorna Wallace Cameron
Cheri was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec and began dancing at the age of 3 years old in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Highland. She studied under Eleanor Moore Ashton of the Montreal Ballet Company for 15 years for her classical training and Marcia Collard and Marilyn Wright for her Highland Dance training. She danced for many years with the MTL Ballet Company and had the opportunity to study under guest teachers from the Sadler Wells Ballet Company, The Bolshoi Ballet Company, Les Grands Ballets, Eva Von Gensky and the National Ballet Company. After a successful competitive career she began teaching Highland and Ballet at the family run school under the direction of her mother, the late Lorna Wallace Cameron.
Co-Owner and granddaughter of the late Lorna Wallace Cameron
Shena is the co-owner and the Assistant Director of her family run “Cameron School of Dance” in Brossard, Quebec. She has been dancing since she could walk and teaching since 1989 at the studio her grandmother opened in 1930. Shena has been the Head Coach for their competition dance team since 1991. She began her own competitive dance career at the tender age of 4 and has not left the “competition” milieu since. Her experience as a competition dancer, choreographer and adjudicator has allowed her to travel all over Canada and the United States. Shena is a certified B.A.T.D. associate teacher (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), accredited P.A.A. adjudicator (Professional Adjudicators Alliance). Shena also worked as a Certified Athletic Therapist (C.A.T.C.) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (C.S.C.S.) for over 10 years before fully committing to the dance school.