The Ballet BC Performance Project, a joint pilot venture with Arts Umbrella Dance, offers an invaluable opportunity for Vancouver area secondary school students to engage in world-class dance education and programming. Providing meaningful career experience for pre-professional dancers and enabling Ballet BC to increase its reach and impact in its community, the touring Performance Project brings professional repertoire, performances, and workshops to young people with an interest in the arts.
Each season, Ballet BC offers workshops to our local dance community that focus on training and development opportunities for the professional dance artist. Hosted by international artists from across Canada and the world, these choreographic workshops explore diverse perspectives and approaches to the creative process, such as learning repertoire and training for contemporary dance. Space is limited and registration is required. Upcoming choreographic workshops will be announced via Ballet BC’s monthly e-newsletter and social media.
Choreographic Lab Project
Curated by Ballet BC Artistic Director Medhi Walerski, the choreographic lab project provides emerging choreographers with the opportunity to work in a theatre residency or site-specific environment, and see their work evolve from creation to production. In the 2021/22 season, guest artists include Margaret Grenier and Starr Muranko.
Arts Umbrella Partnership
Vancouver-based organizations Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella have long shared similar progressive artistic visions. Under the leadership of Medhi Walerski, Artistic Director at Ballet BC, and Artemis Gordon, Artistic Director for Dance at Arts Umbrella, a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations extends the impact of their collaboration and provides new and exciting opportunities for young dancers embarking on a professional career. Over the long term, the alliance aims to strengthen B.C.’s dance community and solidify Vancouver’s identity as a launching point for internationally acclaimed dance artists.