Jolanta Oko

Founder/Director of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education


Master of Arts in Dance – York University (2 yrs)
Bachelor of Arts in Dance – York University (4 yrs)
Bachelor of Education – Medaille College (1 yr)
Teacher Training Program Grad – Canada’s National Ballet School (3 yrs)
Cecchetti Associates Diploma – Cecchetti Society of Canada
Principal’s Qualifications 1 & 2: OECTA & ETFO (1 yr)

Director/Choreographer/Professional Performance Experience

Founder/Director Maple Sugar (3 yrs)
CFL Cheerleader Toronto Argonauts (2 yrs)
CFL Cheerleaders Hamilton Tiger Cats (2 yrs)
USL Dance Team Director/Dancer (2 yrs)
MSL Dance Team Director/Dancer (2 yrs)
CSL Dance Team Director/Dancer (1 yr)
NAFL Dancer (1 yr)

Nominated for the Hamilton Arts Innovator Award in 2017 and 2018, Jolanta Oko is the Founder and Director of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education. She holds a BFA and MA in dance from York University, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Jolanta holds her Associates Diploma from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and in an Ontario Certified Teacher. Jolanta has directed professional dance teams across Ontario and danced professionally in the CFL, NAFL, CSL, USL and MSL. She has a plethora of experience in the dance world having been a dance teacher for 22 years, a studio owner for 8 and a school teacher for 12 years. She has traveled across Canada facilitating Dance Educator Conferences and Workshops for School Boards, Dance Studios, Dance Studio Owners, Dance Teachers and School Teachers. She is the author of over 10 Dance Resources, designed to help Dance Educators both in the Studio and School Board sectors deliver a 21st century dance education to their students. Going into the 3rd year as Founder/Director of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education she is proud to acknowledge our global alumni community.