Each season, Ballet BC offers workshops to our local dance community – focusing on training and development opportunities for the professional dance artist. Hosted by international artists from across Canada and the world, these choreographic workshops explore diverse perspectives and approaches to the creative process, such as learning repertoire and training for contemporary dance.
2016/17 Choreographic Workshops
Company 605 on March 4
Learn repertoire and explore the creative process at Ballet BC with Company 605’s co-artistic directors Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin.
Company 605 is a Vancouver-based company, passionate about producing new dance through shared creative processes. As co-artistic directors, dancers and creators, Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin bring with them a new and modern approach to movement. The company focuses on urban and contemporary forms, placing emphasis on movement invention and physically demanding work. This commission will mark their first collaboration with a ballet company.
Saturday, March 4
10:00 – 11:30 am
The Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St.
Professional Dancers 16 yrs +
To secure a spot or for more information please email artisticadmin2 (at) balletbc.com with subject header: “RSVP choreographic workshop [Company 605]”
May 6 – Emanuel Gat
This marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to the development of a closer relationship between a choreographer, Ballet BC and the audience. The Company will be working with the incredibly talented and accomplished Cayetano Soto as the new three year Resident Choreographer commencing in time for Ballet BC’s 30th Anniversary 2015/16 Season.
Company Guest Teachers and Workshops
Throughout the year the artists of Ballet BC benefit from working with a variety of Canadian and international guest teachers. Ballet BC continues to support proper preparation and artistic development for the Company artists.
This 40-week, remunerated, pre-professional program supports the training needs of exceptional young dancers each season. Working closely with Ballet BC artists, apprentices learn structure and training within a company environment, perform with a professional company and experience the professional creative process.
Professional Development Program
Ballet BC continues to explore the ways to engage the dancers’ professional development in such areas as teaching, choreographing and administration.
Artist in Residence
Ballet BC’s Artist in Residence (AIR) aims to help nurture a former Company member in her transition towards an independent dance career. In this role Ballet BC helps support a dancer with professional development opportunities in the fields of choreography, artistic leadership, rehearsal directing and teaching. As well, the AIR interacts with the artists and staff of Ballet BC through the sharing of their creative processes and by involving the Company in showings, artist talks and information about their upcoming shows. The presence and expertise of the AIR is valued at the Company as we create a collaborative environment for dialogue, exchange and feedback of creative ideas to better understand the future of dance and the role of the artist in society today.
Professional Choreographic Series/ Choreographic Lab Project
Curated by Emily Molnar, this program provides Ballet BC emerging choreographers a creative environment that gives them the opportunity to work in a theatre residency, or site specific environment, and see their work from creation to production. The 2014/15 Choreographic Lab Project saw dancers’ work presented in numerous off-site venue around Vancouver, incl. Vancouver Public Library and the YVR Airport.
Professional Open Class Policy
Throughout the year the Company extends an open class policy to the professional ballet community that allows a maximum of three guests to take morning class with the dancers of the Company.
Strategic Collaboration with Dance Victoria
The aim of this collaboration is to build a strong relationship between the audiences and communities of BC’s Capital City, and Province’s ballet company.