Each season, Ballet BC offers workshops to our local dance community – focusing 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.
2018/19 Choreographic Workshops
Makaila Wallace, received her professional dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Bolshoi Ballet summer programs. She danced with the RWB company
as an apprentice before moving to Stockholm, Sweden to join the Royal Swedish Ballet. There she had the opportunity to perform many lead roles (including Myrtha in Giselle, staged and casted by Natalia Makarova).
After three years, she returned to Canada and joined Ballet BC where she danced for 11 years. Dancing nationally and internationally, her personal performance
highlights have included works by choreographers Aszure Barton, Serge Bennathan, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang and Medhi
Walerski, among others. She has also worked with Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek (ProArte Danza) in Toronto, Canada.
In 2015, Makaila was asked to join the Margie Gillis Legacy Project, working intimately with Ms. Gillis and performing alongside her in Florilege at the Sechelt Arts Festival. She has also performed in Dances for a Small Stage and The Dance Deck Series. In 2016, she worked alongside Jorma Elo as his choreographic assistant with the Finnish National Ballet for a full length production of Alice in Wonderland.
In addition to dancing, Makaila is also very passionate about teaching. She has taught at a number of dance intensives, summer programs and, as part of Ballet BC’s outreach program, has facilitated a number of creative exploration and ballet workshop classes.
November 24, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 am
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Kraul Studio, 5th Floor
677 Davie Street
Professional Dancers 16 yrs +
Space is limited. To secure a spot or for more information please email
artisticadmin2 (at) balletbc.com with subject line:
[RSVP Choreographic Workshop “Makaila Wallace”]
February 23, 2019 – Adi Salant
April 27, 2019 – tbc
Saturday, October 27 – Thomas McManus
In 2010 Ballet BC initiated a first-ever resident choreographer position, marking the beginning of a long-term commitment to the development of a closer relationship between a choreographer, Ballet BC and the audience.
Company Guest Teachers and Workshops
Throughout the year the artists of Ballet BC benefit from working with a variety of Canadian and international guest teachers. Ballet BC continues to support proper preparation and artistic development for the Company artists.
Ballet BC nurtures talented, female and male Emerging Artists through the Emerging Artist Program. This annual program provides Emerging Artists with a weekly honorarium.
Professional Development Program
Ballet BC continues to explore the ways to engage the dancers’ professional development in such areas as teaching, choreographing and administration.
Artist in Residence
Ballet BC’s Artist in Residence (AIR) aims to help nurture former and existing Company members with professional development opportunities in the fields of choreography, artistic leadership, rehearsal directing and teaching. As well, the AIR interacts with the artists and staff of Ballet BC through the sharing of their creative processes and by involving the Company in showings, artist talks and information about their upcoming shows. The presence and expertise of the AIR is valued at the Company as we create a collaborative environment for dialogue, exchange and feedback of creative ideas to better understand the future of dance and the role of the artist in society today.
Professional Choreographic Series/ Choreographic Lab Project
Curated by Emily Molnar, this program provides Ballet BC emerging choreographers a creative environment that gives them the opportunity to work in a theatre residency, or site specific environment, and see their work from creation to production.