Ballet BC is thrilled to share the news of a new home for the company on Vancouver’s Granville Island! The existing facility, formerly occupied by Arts Umbrella, is located at 1286 Cartwright St.
“We are delighted to have succeeded in securing this much needed space for Ballet BC,” says Medhi Walerski, Ballet BC Artistic Director. “It’s a transformative milestone for our company and the evolution of its vision and artistic goals.”
Following more than a decade at Scotiabank Dance Centre where the company trained and rehearsed, Ballet BC looks forward to contributing to Vancouver’s premier artistic and cultural hub and joining an incredible community of neighbours on Granville Island.
The company’s operations on the Island will provide increased opportunity for collaboration and allow the company to explore further ways to provide critical training opportunities for aspiring professional dancers. In addition, the new facility will be fundamental for the continued growth of the company’s outreach and education initiatives, deepening existing partnerships with local partners, and creating new avenues for engaging audiences.
“The Ballet BC team is grateful for the support of our incredibly dedicated Board of Directors, led by Relocation Committee Chair Stan Hamilton, who were instrumental in making this dream a reality,” says Ballet BC Executive Director John Clark. “We can’t wait to begin working and creating on Granville Island.”
Ballet BC intends to occupy the new space as of summer 2022, once renovations are complete.