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).

 

Ballet BC Adult Dance Class Series presents

Creative Exploration with Makaila Wallace!

“Please join me in this 2 hr workshop to explore, create and play.

There will be elements of introductory improvisation, group work, spacial/body awareness, personal creations and music interpretation. Be ready to dive in and see what happens!”

Makaila received her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Bolshoi Ballet summer programs. She then danced with the RWB company for a year before joining the Royal Swedish Ballet. There she had the opportunity to perform many lead roles (including Myrtha in Giselle, staged/casted by Natalia Makarova). She later returned to Canada and danced with Ballet BC for 11 years where she was fortunate to work with such creators as John Alleyne, Aszure Barton, Serge Bennathan, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite and Wen Wei Wang among others. Makaila has worked intimately with Margie Gillis, dancing alongside her in Florilege at the Sechelt Arts Festival, as well as performing in Dance Deck Presents and Rachel Meyer’s Quartet. In 2017/18 she joined BBC as one of the rehearsal directors, and was delighted to play Lady Capulet in Medhi Walerski’s Romeo and Juliet.

More recently, Makaila has had the pleasure to work closely alongside Jorma Elo coaching his work at the 2018 Prix de Lausanne. She has also acted as his choreographic assistant, including projects with both the Finnish National Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

In addition to dancing, Makaila is also passionate about teaching. She has taught at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and at a number of dance intensives, summer programs. Makaila has also been a part of Ballet BC’s outreach, where she has facilitated a number of creative exploration and ballet workshops.

Dates
April 8, 2019 – ONLY

Time
5:30 pm – 7:30 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
$25 – Cash only; please bring exact change.

Space is limited! No registration required but please arrive early to secure your spot. For any questions or inquiries, please email artisticadmin2 (at) balletbc.com.
 

Fall Ballet Class Series

Ballet BC is delighted to be offering our fifth session of adult ballet classes! Look forward to our fall classes from September – December 10, 2019.

This is a beginner and beginner-plus adult ballet class. Led by Ballet BC artists, 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
TBD, 2019

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
Check back in for dates and registration information for our Fall 2019 series!

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.