Ballet BC is rooted in the local community – we feel strongly about giving back.

DanceXpress—An Essential Foundation

A Ballet BC initiative since 2015, DanceXpress provides children in Vancouver access to dance and the freedom of self-expression through movement. In partnership with KidSafe, Vancouver Community School Teams and Parent Advisory Councils, DanceXpress offers dance/movement programming to at-risk children and to youth whose access to dance specifically—and arts and culture more broadly—is otherwise limited.

DanceXpress is not about learning steps, a style or technique—it’s about moving, finding rhythm, connecting, listening and learning. Through dance students learn to communicate with each other and their self. Maintaining a strong body-mind connection is fundamental to good health; understanding what the body is communicating is an essential foundation to developing a sense of inner strength and emotional wellness.

“DanceXpress was the best summer program we’ve had! Please come back again next year!”

–KidSafe Youth Worker, “Queen Alexandra Elementary”

“The kids were so engaged – I’ve never seen some of these kids so into something.”

–KidSafe Youth Worker, “Sir William Macdonald Elementary”

“It is truly exciting to hear that Ballet BC is able to continue this amazing gift to vulnerable children in school break and after school frameworks! Access to the skills and knowledge of Ballet BC is not a thing that comes along every day in the life of the kids we work with, and makes a huge difference in terms of creative development and perception of what place movement arts can have in their lives.”

–Rob Parry, “KidSafe Program Manager”

 
Ballet BC would like to thank the BC Arts Council, Coast Capital Savings and Nordstrom for their generous support of DanceXpress.

 

Come dance with Ballet BC!

Ballet BC is delighted to be offering our second session of adult ballet classes every Monday night.

Our class will be led by former Ballet BC dancer Makaila Wallace. This class will be at the beginner level. No experience is required. You will be guided through the basic principles of a ballet class including barre and centre work. Makaila will ensure that everyone is able to participate and is challenged.

Dates:
Email info (at) balletbc.com to request a digital copy of the full calendar.

Schedule:
No class on April 24. Our next adult ballet class will be on May 1.

Time:
Beginner Class @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Location:
The Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor, Vancouver

Bring:
Comfortable dance wear, soft ballet shoes, and a bottle of water.

Cost:
Drop in’s are $20 per class, space permitting. Cash only; please bring exact change.

For all inquiries, please contact info (at) balletbc.com or 604-732-5003.

 

Gaga/People Class

Ballet BC is excited to be offering Gaga/People, led by Doug Letheren. Gaga/People will be open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Doug Letheren studied at St. Paul’s School and the Julliard School, before joining the Batsheva Dance Company where he later worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal and became a student and teacher of Gaga. He is a founding member of Sharon’s new project L-E-V and continues to assist her in creation for companies, while teaching Ohad and Sharon’s repertory in schools and universities around the U.S.

To learn more about Gaga/People and Doug Letheren, visit here.

Date and Time:
March 20
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
The Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor, Vancouver

Bring:
Comfortable dance wear, a bottle of water, and please be prepared to dance barefoot.

Cost:
$20 for preregistration and drop-in. Cash only at the door; please bring exact change.

Register at info (at) balletbc.com with the completed form below.

 
Registration Form

 

Improv Jam

Ballet BC invites you to our new Improv Jam series! We would like to welcome you to come and dance with us. Improv jam will be unguided and free form.

All are welcome – Invite your friends and family, or whoever you think would be interested in dancing, moving, watching dance, and playing around!

Date & Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: By donation
Registration: Drop-in

Our “jam” is hosted with the support and collaboration of the Arts Umbrella Dance Program.

We look forward to seeing you there.