Ms. Guibord-Stay


Ms. Guibord-Stay 

Director of Guibord's North Country School Ballet

Associate Diploma thru Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London England        (Continues to be a member of the society) 

Licentiate Cecchetti USA  

(Member & Served on the Eastern Commettee) 

AA Degree in Dance from Stephens College              

(Limon technique...H. Ann Gray)  

BA Degree in Dance from Goddard College 

(Graham technique...Mark Ryder)  

Movement Instructor for Seton Academy

                                                 Founding Artistic Director of "The North Country Ballet Ensemble" for 26 years.                                                                                                     

Under her guidance "The Nutcracker Ballet" became an annual event.  
Ms. Guibord is a former member of Stephen's Dance Company and Mark Ryder's Dancers. 
She opened Guibord's in September 1973 and continues to direct and teach dancers of all ages at the school.  Under her direction, Guibord's is dedicated to providing a positive environment for dancers of all ages, keeping in mind that each student is a unique and special individual.

Her training after attaining her undergraduate degree includes the following: 

Ballet    1974-1980  Madame Zare (Russian method)  Montreal            
Six week Summer courses training  in
Modern Dance    Ballet   &   Choreography                  
Johnson State, Harvard, Toronto, San Francisco              
Jean Spear, Cecchetti method 

          10 years commuting to Watertown, NY          

 Joyce Shietze, Cecchetti method 

          3 years comminuting to Ottawa, Canada           

1978-79 Graduate Program (toward an MA) in "Movement" University of CT.           

         Summer of 2002 attended Cecchetti USA International Summer School         

Summer of 2006 attended Canadian Cecchetti Seminar in Quebec City

              Summer of 2007 attended Cecchetti USA International Summer School             

December 2007  

    Teacher's Cecchetti Workshop/Licentiate Level           
               November, December, January 2008-2009  

Teacher's training under the direction of Mary Ross, Fellow and Examiner;   Cecchetti Society of Canada    

(The School of Dance, Ottawa, Canada)  Licentiate level          

January 19, 2009  Cheshire, CT   

Passed Licentiate Exam Cecchetti 

This is a teacher's ballet exam.          
August 2009
attended the Cecchetti USA Intensive in Beaumont, Texas          

August 2010 attended the Cecchetti USA Intensive in Santa Barbara, California            

Oct 2009-July 2010  Training in Advance 2/Grade 10 in Montreal with Suzanne Plante,
Fellow and Examiner, Cecchetti Society of Canada
& Examiner National Dances/Ballet I.S.T.D., London England   

Attended Cecchetti Workshop      Cheshire CT    

Oct 2013 to the Present                    

Currently: Observing classes in NYC on a regular basis   Children's classes thru Adults.  

All levels at Ailey's, Steps on Broadway, Peridance, Ballet Academy East,
& Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York

Taking classes as a teacher in Ballet & Spanish Dance  

Ms. Bonnie Black

Ms. Bonnie Black attained her BA in English with a minor in Theatre from PSUNY followed by an MA in Liberal Studies from PSUNY.  As a dance teacher at Guibord's School of Dance since 1979, Bonnie has enjoyed working with dancers ages 4 through adult in ballet and tap dance.  In addition to being an Assistant Artistic Director and Rehearsal Mistress for the North Country Ballet Ensemble, her expertise in the technical aspects of theatrical production has been an asset to the organization.  Part of the artistic community of the North Country for almost three decades, Ms. Bonnie is a founding member and Business Manager of the community theatre group Friends of Theatre, Inc and a Past President (twice over) for the Council on the Arts for Clinton County.  

Having taught Humanities and Theatre courses at Clinton Community College starting in 1992, Bonnie enjoys guiding students to the many resources for the arts in our community.

 Ms. Bonnie is certified in 1st Aid, CPR & AED  

Danielle Girard

Most recently was a member of "Bryce Dance Company" 

Danielle has established "Erb Dance Company" a modern dance company in Plattsburgh, NY.  

Performance on Sept. 8th in Burlington, Vt. "Vt Dance Sampler"

Dates TBA  Vt Dance Alliance 2019 Winter Dance Gala

Danielle was born in Plattsburgh, New York, her mother owned and operated a dance studio where she learned technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and Latin dance.  Later she trained under instructor Philip Cole in Montreal (focusing on his Graham and African influenced jazz technique) and at Guibord's focusing on Cecchetti technique).  Danielle went on to study Music Theater Dance at the University at Buffalo with a concentration in Dance Education and Choreography for three years - which included a residency under choreographer Bill T. Jones.  She tranfered to Fordham University in New York City - where she studied at Alvin ailey Studios and took part in a work-study program at Steps on Broadway.  She has studied a variety of dance techniques including Graham, Horton, African, Latin, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Ballet.  Through out her dance career, Danielle has choreographed for high school, college, and community musical productions and dance shows.  Her work Jingo, was featured at the University at Buffalo's Student Dance Showcase       

She graduated from Fordham in 2007 with a degree in english Literature, 

Danielle moved to Boston where she studied a the Dance complex in Cambridge, as well as taught and choreographed professionally for various community programs and musical productions around the Boston area.  She choreographed Arts After Hours' productions of the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in June of 2011, and I love you Your're Perfect, Now Change in 2012.  She also spent the summer of 2011 teaching dance and choregraphing for a youth production program at Roxbury community College titled Raise Your Flag.  

Danielle moved back to Plattsburgh in 2012 to be near family.

She has been teaching classes and workshops at various locations: the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, The ROTA Gallery, Lifelong Fitness Center, Center Stage Dance School, and Paul Smith's.  

Marne Timon

Guest Instuctor   

BA Degree in Anthropology  
MA Degree/London, England   
Currently MA program at Columbia University, NYC
Awarded Teachers Certificate Level 1 thru Cecchetti USA

Marne is a graduate of Guibord's and the Lake Placid School of Ballet.    She holds her Advance 1/Grade 9 certificate from Cecchetti USA2/Grade 10 professional exam.   She returned to teach at Guibord's after a year at Stephens College as a dance major and then a year in the pre-professional Certificate Program for Ballet/Contemporary/Modern at Peridance, Capezio Center in NYC.  She trained with Igal Perry, founder of Peridance, Liza Kovacs, Sidra Bell, Janna Hicks, Milton Meyers and others.        

She has performed in a variety of pieces, including an original work by Sidra Bell 

and Igal Perry's  "Nutcracker Ballet."
She performed for five years in NCBE's "The Nutcracker."
She is thrilled to instruct at Guibord's when she can!

Korinne Stay

Guest Instructor    

BA degree in dance  Dean College May 2013

Graduated "Summa Cum Laude" 
Awarded "Arthur W. Peirce Prize" an outstanding student award
Awarded Teachers Certificate Level 2 thru Cecchetti USA

Korinne lives in Queens, New York
Her goal is to perform in a professional modern dance company. 
She attended the Alvin Ailey Independent Professional Study Program 

having auditioned and been accepted March of 2013. 
Tracy Inman, co-director of the Ailey School auditioned her.  

While in the program she took: Daily Ballet Class  Graham technique 
Horton Technique   Paul Taylor Technique and Rep with Carolyn Adams.
She holds her Advance 1/Grade 9 certificate from Cecchetti USA   She continues her education on how to instruct ballet students, under the guidance of  D. Guibord-Stay.  She currently continues her dance training at "Steps on Broadway"  "Aileys" and "Peridance".        She takes yoga on a regular basis as well.
She has auditioned and attended: 
2009 NYSSSA  at Skidmore  College  
2010 The Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive

2011 The Paul Taylor Modern Dance Companies Summer intensive Ann Arbor, Mich  
November 2011  Korinne was coached by Rebecca Kelly of Rebecca Kelly Ballet to perform the role of 

"Queen of the North Winds" in NCBE's "The Nutcracker." 
Dec 2011 The Paul Taylor Winter Professional Intensive, NYC
May 2012 Korinne performed a solo in Gregory Kings modern piece at Dean College

July 2012 she attended Toronto Dance Theaters 4 week summer intensive  
 Spring 2013  Dean Performance includes
Soloist in Napoli; staged by Laura Young of Boston Ballet 

Martha Graham modern piece staged by Donlin Foreman
(20 years Martha Graham company)
May 2013 Korinne attended the John Lehrer Dance Company
intensive in Buffalo, NY.   

June 2013 she took classes at the Paul Taylor Studio, NYC
and auditioned for the company 
Summer of 2013 Korinne also instructed dance at Guibord's. 

Kelsey Guibord Stay

Guest Instructor
Awarded Teachers Cecchetti USA Certificate Level 1 at 16 years of age!

BFA in Painting & Sculpture with a minor in Italian from Buffalo State

Work Experience

Manager of 24 employees  Spot Cafe   Buffalo, NY

Has completed the course work to become a Certified Professional  Welder  Moving to Montana in the summer of 2019 to further her studies in welding

Currently Manager at Mes Que in Buffalo

Shares Studio space with 2 other artists in Buffalo  She has had two paintings hung in the NY Governors office; Washington DC and one sculpture piece shown at the Univ. of Albany.  As well as two paintings which were chosen to hang in the Deans office at Buffalo State.  May to July, 2014 

Kelsey traveled to Lativa working at the 

International Sculpture Event held in that country every spring.

Kelsey grew up performing in NCBE's "The Nutcracker Ballet".  

She danced the roles of:  Claire  Spanish  North Winds in the Snow scene  

Candy Canes  Russian  Waltz of the Flowers"  

She & Korinne choreographed the battle of
K. Mouse & The Nutcracker; she performing as the Nutrcacker and Korinne as K. Mouse.  

She also choreographed a version of Candy Canes.              
She studied dance year round at Guibord's as well as in Lake Placid

Summer Dance with Rebecca Kelly



June 2017 & 2018 Guibord's hosted the        "Rebecca Kelly Choreography Workshop"

   July 2018  Rebecca Kelly Ballet Performance in Lake Placid

Rebecca Kelly continues summer instruction at Tahawus Center

Au Sable Forks





Guest Artist Rebecca Kelly (

Choreographer/Artistic Director, Rebecca Kelly opened the stage doors in 1990 to provide Onstage, an accessible and educational portal for students and audiences into the process of creativity, using Kelly's unique choreographic method for training.  Soon after that Rebecca became associated with the dance community in Plattsburgh.  The Choreography Workshop developed as well  as creating original works for the North Country Ballet Ensemble