About Ballet BC

Ballet BC is a creation-based contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director Medhi Walerski. Formed in 1986 by David Y. H. Lui, Jean Orr and Sheila Begg, with Annette av Paul as founding Artistic Director, Ballet BC has been a leader and resource in the creation, production, and education of contemporary dance in Canada and around the world for more than 35 years.

Ballet BC’s distinctive style and approach has made a unique and valuable contribution to the development of dance locally and globally. Attracting top international talent, our dancers are a group of open-minded and curious artists, each unique for their dynamic movement while sharing an intuitive passion for their art form. We are a creative place and we work in a collaborative environment. We are a company that aims to create dance at its most essential: visceral, powerful, thought-provoking and transformative.

The company presents a diverse repertoire and is deeply committed to fostering creation and collaboration. Canadian and international choreographers include William Forsythe, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Medhi Walerski, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Imre and Marne van Opstal, Adi Salant, Jiří Pokorný, Micaela Taylor, Marco Goecke, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Dorotea Saykaly, and Aszure Barton among others.

Ballet BC is a leader and resource in the community through dance education opportunities, community and audience outreach, and professional development activities, which serve to make dance as accessible as possible to all.

Performing at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre and touring nationally and internationally.

Ballet BC regularly performs at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) in the fall, winter and spring. We also tour provincially, nationally and internationally.

Through our performances at the QET, regional and national tours, community and audience engagement activities and programming for children and youth, more than 40,000 people experience the work of Ballet BC each season.


Ballet BC artists Sarah Pippin and Rae Srivastava in Silent Tides by Medhi Walerski. Image by Michael Slobodian.

Our Home on Granville Island

Ballet BC’s studios and administrative offices are located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s premier arts and culture community.

A substantial rebuild and greening of an existing building, the 18,000 sq ft facility at 1286 Cartwright St features four spacious light-filled studios, a studio viewing gallery, a green room and event space, a health and wellness room, and increased office space for administrative and artistic staff.

Ballet BC artists Kiana Jung and Benjamin Peralta. Photo by Andi McLeish.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

In line with the company’s vision and strategic plan, Ballet BC is deeply committed to combating the systemic racism that exists within our society, and to being an organization that welcomes, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of all ethnicities and cultural identities.

Our company is dedicated to ensuring vital conversations surrounding equity and representation are actively occurring and that Ballet BC continues to pursue, embrace, and enact change within our company, industry, and society as a whole.

Through our Dancers of Today Scholarship program, our Choreographic Lab and Artists in Residence initiatives in partnership with Indigenous choreographers, movement workshops with at-risk youth and alternative schools, and Arts for All and Community Comp ticket programs, the company is continuing to develop meaningful ways to foster an inclusive community around its work, and provide access to arts experiences and education.

Ballet BC artist Sidney Chuckas. Photo by Andi McLeish.

“Ballet BC continues to innovate while combining an awareness of current social injustices and realities.”

– LA Dance Chronicle