As a graduate of both the Professional Ballet Program and the Teacher Training Program for Former Professional Dancers at Canada's National Ballet School, Ian's work is a combination of French style elegance and North American energy and "attack", Ian's work continues to explore what it means to be a ballet dancer in the 21st Century. 

Ian holds the NBSTTPPD Diploma (with Distinction) from Canada's National Ballet School, and was the recipient of the 2018 Betty Oliphant Award; the most prestigious award given to a graduating teacher.