Yvonne Oldaker received her dance education at the Hammond School of Dancing in England under the direction of the late Betty Hassall. There she studied ballet, character, ballroom, tap and musical comedy, earning her ARAD (Advanced Teacher Certificate). She choreographed and taught in Southport and Chester in England and came to Canada in 1959 to teach in Montreal and later in Winnipeg for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In Manitoba Mrs Oldaker ran her own school for 15 years. In 1981 she founded the Halton Hills School of Dance in Georgetown. She has choreographed and directed ballets and musicals, and has adjudicated festivals in England, Canada, the USA, and Mexico.
Mrs. Oldaker became a children’s examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 1965 and has examined continuously in Canada since 1971. She has been fortunate to examine in most provinces and many countries around the world. Over the years she has had many hobbies including gliding, gardening, volunteering in places such as the Food Bank and recently cooking gourmet dinners for fundraising groups. For many years she has been involved in training teachers and has been tutoring and teaching in the Royal Academy of Dance teacher training programme since their inception. Her continuing passion and her ambition is to bring the joy of dance to students and teachers alike.