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, 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!

Ballet BC is delighted to be offering our third session of adult ballet classes and a mix of wonderful dance experiences! Look forward to our fall classes from September 5 – December 19, 2017.

Location:
The Annex
823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor
Vancouver, BC

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

What to bring:
Comfortable dance wear, soft ballet shoes, and a bottle of water.
Bring a yoga mat for the Barre, Stretch and Strength class if you have one.

Cost:
$205 for all the classes from September 5 – December 19, 2017.
Drop in’s are $20 per class, space permitting. Cash only; please bring exact change.
 

Barre, Stretch and Strength Workshop

Kick off the year with a two-part dance and fitness workshop with former Ballet BC dancer Marianne Grobbelaar. Featuring a short barre, along with many core and training exercises you can do before your dance class or even at home. Be a part of this workshop and get back in shape for your dance season!

Dates: September 5 and 12
 

Creative Exploration with Makaila Wallace

Experience creative exploration with former Ballet BC dancer Makaila Wallace in this 5-class series designed to explore, create and play. Classes will involve a short ballet warm-up before introducing improvisation, group work, spatial/body awareness, personal creations and music interpretation. Each class will vary and build on certain ideas so it is recommended that you attend all 5 classes—drop-ins are also welcome. Be ready to dive in and see what happens!

Dates: October 13, 16, 20, 23 and 30
 

5-Pack Ballet Class

This is a beginner and beginner-plus adult ballet class. Led by Ballet BC artist Andrew Bartee, 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 in the spacious Annex studio and experience dancing with a live pianist!

Dates: November 21, 28, and December 5, 12, 19
 

To register, please complete and email the forms below to info (at) balletbc.com.
 

Registration Form   Waiver Form

 

Gaga/People Class

Ballet BC is excited to be offering Gaga/People, led by Doug Letheren. Gaga/People will be open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Doug Letheren studied at St. Paul’s School and the Julliard School, before joining the Batsheva Dance Company where he later worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal and became a student and teacher of Gaga. He is a founding member of Sharon’s new project L-E-V and continues to assist her in creation for companies, while teaching Ohad and Sharon’s repertory in schools and universities around the U.S.

To learn more about Gaga/People, please visit here.

Check back for more details.

 

Improv Jam

Ballet BC invites you to our new Improv Jam series! We would like to welcome you to come and dance with us. Improv jam will be unguided and free form.

All are welcome – Invite your friends and family, or whoever you think would be interested in dancing, moving, watching dance, and playing around!

Check back for more details.

Our “jam” is hosted with the support and collaboration of the Arts Umbrella Dance Program.

We look forward to seeing you there.