Ballet BC is rooted in the local community – we feel strongly about giving back.

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 Project, Pacific Coast Resource Society, 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!”

–KidSafe Youth Worker, “Queen Alexandra Elementary”

 

“The kids were so engaged – I’ve never seen some of these kids so into something.”

–KidSafe Youth Worker, “Sir William Macdonald Elementary”

 

“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.”

–Rob Parry, “KidSafe Program Manager”

 

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!

Dates
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!

Time
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Location
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Birmingham Studio, 3rd floor
Vancouver, BC

What to bring
Comfortable dance wear, soft ballet shoes, and a bottle of water.

Cost
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.