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!”
“The kids were so engaged – I’ve never seen some of these kids so into something.”
“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.”
This program is made possible in part through funding provided by the Government of British Columbia and support from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA).
Come dance with Ballet BC!
Fall Ballet Class Series
Ballet BC is delighted to be offering our fourth session of adult ballet classes! Look forward to our fall classes from September 10 – December 10, 2018.
This is a beginner and beginner-plus adult ballet class. Led by Ballet BC artist Gilbert Small and former company members Makaila Wallace and Dario Dinuzzi, this series will be an introduction to ballet and an opportunity for those with prior experience to improve their technique. Each class will begin with a ballet barre and continue with a multitude of centre exercises. Enjoy learning ballet with live piano accompaniment!
September 10, 17*, 24*
October 1*, 15, 22
November 5, 19, 26
December 3, 10
*Creative Exploration with Makaila Wallace*
Join us for a short 3 class series to explore, create and play. Each class will vary, but will build on certain ideas so it is recommended that you attend all 3 classes. We will explore introducing improvisation, group work, spatial/body awareness, personal creations and music interpretation. Be ready to dive in and see what happens!
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Birmingham Studio, 3rd floor
What to bring
Comfortable dance wear, soft ballet shoes, and a bottle of water.
Save $33 and only pay $187 with the Early Bird Special! Early Bird Special also includes “Friend for Free” – bring a friend to any one class in the series at no extra cost! Register before April 30 for the discount.
Regular Price from May 1 onward is $200.
Registration for our Adult Ballet Classes are now FULL! Drops-in are welcome, but first come, first served.
Drop-ins available at $20 per class, space permitting. Cash only; please bring exact change.
For all activities listed above, Ballet BC acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia for Ballet BC’s Outreach and Education Program.
BC Culture Days
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to translate an abstract vision into a powerful, thought-provoking dance on stage?
Join us for Culture Days this year for an open rehearsal featuring works-in-progress from the 2018/19 season.
Come early and watch our dancers in the intimate studio setting as they prepare to weave the intricacies of a choreographer’s vision, bringing to life the curiosity and discovery within the choreography.
Friday, September 28, 2018
3:15 to 6:15 pm
Kraul Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
Limited space. First come, first served.
Group viewings with a rotation after 15-20 minutes.
Do you enjoy dancing and being outside? Have you ever wanted to take a class taught by a Ballet BC dancer?
Join us for Culture Days for a FREE outdoor class in front of the Culture Day mainstage set up on the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza).
Celebrate art in the city with an engaging open dance class! Come and learn movement from Ballet BC dancer Racheal Prince and stay behind afterwards for a quick Q&A.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
4:30 to 5:45 pm
šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza)
650 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC
All are welcome! No prior experience required. Bring comfortable footwear, clothing, and a water bottle.