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
Learn repertoire and explore the creative process at Ballet BC with Thomas McManus, who will be teaching excerpts from William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure which will be performed in Program 1.
Thomas McManus, MFA, is professional dancer, choreographer, and educator, as well as a recognized expert on the repertory, technique, and improvisational methods of renowned choreographer William Forsythe.
After dancing with American Ballet Theater 2, Finis Jhung’s Chamber Ballet USA, and Ann Marie D’Angelo and Dancers, McManus joined Ballet Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe. In the course of the next thirteen years, McManus danced nearly all of the new works created by Forsythe and became entrusted with setting Mr. Forsythe’s repertory on many major companies around the world – work that he has continued since retiring from the company in 1999 and brings to the BFA students USC Kaufman School of Dance.
During the course of his distinguished dance career Mr. McManus has also worked with such accomplished choreographers as Stephen Petronio, Amanda Miller, Mark Haim, Susan Marshall, Phillip Grosser, Jan Farbre, William Soleu, Ohad Naharin, Helgi Tomasson, Peter Sparling, Saeko Ichino, Saburo Teshigawara, and Paul Selwin Norton, among others. Mr. McManus holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University, Roanoke, VA.
Saturday, October 27
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 “Thomas McManus”]
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February 23, 2019 – Adi Salant
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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.
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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.
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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.