Private Secondary School - Burlington Royal Arts Academy
Private School, Burlington, Ontario, Charter School, Highschool, Secondary School
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Our academy is committed to becoming a local leader in arts education.  To achieve this goal we will be offering free workshops and master classes for area students to gain additional experiences with arts industry professionals from across the G.T.A. We hope to attract students ages 12 and up to our workshop series, targeting grades 6-8 with the hopes that our first class of Grade 9’s will begin here in September 2019. Students are under no obligations to enrol and can simply attend to take advantage of the workshops being offered. Classes will enhance a student’s portfolio for post-secondary arts programs and allow them exposure to the types of activities we offer at BRAA.

Upcoming Workshops

Wedensday November 27th, 2019 at 7:00pm
Thursday April 23rd, 2020 at 7:00pm

Stayed tuned for registration details and links to sign up!


May 8 Workshops

If you would like to learn more about our school, we will be offering tours along with a parent information session at 6:30 p.m., contact Nupi Gokhale at for details.

Meet the BRAA Faculty through a choice of two 45-minute workshops!

1st Class is 7 p.m.

2nd Class is 8 p.m. 

To register for our FREE workshops, download the workshop form below, fill it out, and then send it to



Choose two of the following workshops:

Chris Thornborrow’s masterclass is an introduction to music composition in a group setting. Through a series of activities that include listening, improvisation, and performance, we will develop new sounds together and shape those into an original piece of music, which we will then perform. Bring your instruments, your voice, and your ideas! Whether you’ve written a symphony, or never written a song in your life, all are welcome!

“Did you know that 3.5 million Canadians sing in a choir and three times more children under the 18 sing choir than play hockey (Choral Canada Census, 2017)? In this workshop with Elise Naccarato and Myriad, experience what it means to sing in a choir and combine many-voiced and hearts to sing as one voice.  In this 45 min rehearsal attendees will experience a brief warm-up, learning of a short piece and mini performance.” 

Join Haleigh Eady for her dance performance workshop. Get ready to dance with purpose and precision! Working on principal aspects of classical dance technique and contemporary variations of movement and choreography in a creative classroom at BRAA. We will be exploring the use of ballet in contemporary dance and developing your artistic style. The class will be a short sampling of what a dance class for students at BRAA would be like!

Join Samantha Holland for this interactive Creating Character workshop, where participants will have the chance to explore the different elements of creating a character. Using a short script that will be provided to them, students will perform the piece for the class in a variety of different ways. These techniques can then be used for any other characters that students may encounter in their theatre experiences. This class welcomes all levels of dramatic arts students.

Through expressive contour drawing, participants will use a mirror to explore a range of line quality. Students will focus on blind portraiture as they mindfully focus on what they observe. This self-portrait drawing method allows an artist to transfer what they see using one continuous line without looking at their paper.

Once our preliminary sketches are completed, participants will choose one sketch and create a collaged portrait using Japanese paper. As they selectively choose papers that they feel represent part of their identity, they will carefully examine texture, colour and shape. Participants may also choose to add words or phrases that best illustrate their personality and embed this other layer into their self-portrait.

Masterclass & Workshop Guest Artists

The BRAA Difference includes opportunities for our students to work with arts industry professionals in a variety of different ways. We will be offering master classes at different times of the year focusing on music, theatre, dance, visual arts and audition preparations. Most of our artists have attended post-secondary institutions in Canada and have a wealth of experience to share with our students. We will also provide guest artist instruction during the day in our regular credit program as well. Below is a sampling of artists who are already working with BRAA to offer our students the most enriching arts education experience possible.

Carlo Aspri
Masterclass Piano Artist
Samuel Bison
Cellist, Adjudicator
Alyssa Curto
Lindsay Croxall
Musical Theatre Master Class Artist
Bailey Dalton
Haleigh Eady
Dance Teacher
Jessica Ford
Master Class Jazz Dance Artist
Charlie Henderson
Tuba, Piano, Guest Artist
Katrina Liddell
Oboe, Guest Artist
Steve Pelletier
Bassist, Percussionist, Teacher
Chris Thornborrow
Music Teacher
Alex Toskov
Master Class Strings Artist
Andres Tucci-Clarke
Master Class Cello Artist
Nathan Walton
Clarinet, Guest Artist
Melissa Panetta
Dakota Stevenson
Talisa Blackman
Angel Wang
Elise Naccarato
Hons. B.Mus,  M.Mus
Alex Thompson
Visual Arts B.F.A Printmaking
Samantha Holland
Performing Arts Educator
Xinjun Xiong
Animation Artist & Guest Lecturer
Beryl Cohen
B.F.A (Hons.) B.Ed. M.Ed.



2054 Mountainside Dr. Burlington, Ontario L7P 1A8

Phone: 1-289-245-1534

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