About Ballet BC Annex

The Project

Ballet BC Annex project, a collaboration with Arts Umbrella Dance, offers an invaluable opportunity for secondary school students to engage in world-class dance and educational programming.

The Annex project tours schools in Metro Vancouver and throughout BC, bringing contemporary dance repertoire, professional performances, and workshops to young audiences with an interest in the arts. In the 2022/23 season, we are thrilled to present Canadian choreographer Ethan Colangelo’s Stadium and a new creation by Los Angeles-based choreographer Micaela Taylor.

Workshops led by dancers and Ballet BC’s Outreach and Education team will accompany each performance, offering insight into the choreographic process and the career path of a dancer. Students will learn excerpts from the performance and engage in creative discussion.

What to Expect

Ballet BC Annex dancers as well as select guest artists will visit your school or community location.

The half-day program will consist of the opportunity to watch a performance and participate in a dancer-facilitated workshop learning Ballet BC repertoire. There will also be an opportunity for students to engage with the artists and ask questions.

Resources such as a study guide and information about the performance and choreographers will be shared with participating schools. 

Learning Outcomes and Experiences

  • Exposure to diverse professional dance training and repertoire
  • Opportunity to engage with and learn from professional Ballet BC dancers
  • An understanding of dance as a career path
  • Development of relevant criteria for interpreting and analyzing dance
  • An understanding of the power of collaboration and teamwork in artistic processes
  • An understanding of contemporary dance in today’s world and how art remains relevant
  • Activation of creativity and innovative thinking

2022/23 Repertoire

Stadium | Ethan Colangelo

Stadium deals with a dialogue and introspective dive into human reflection through memory. As the stadium is built, each character sees themselves as a spectator from outside their own experiences and memories.

Volo | Micaela Taylor

The title of this work is named after the Italian word for flight. The work encapsulates the angst and propelled energy that it takes to take off from one place to another. Focusing on the never-ending travel that can overwhelm individuals yet satisfy the business of life.

If you are an educator interested in Ballet BC Annex, please contact outreach@balletbc.com.

If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact developmentmanager@balletbc.com.