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.
2019/20 Choreographic Workshops
Learn repertoire and explore the creative process with Ballet BC dancer Emily Chessa. This is Emily’s 8th year with the company. Since joining Ballet BC in 2012 as an apprentice, she has performed works by Emily Molnar, Company 605, Johan Inger, Lesley Telford, Medhi Walerski, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Check out her full bio here.
November 30, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 am
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Kraul Studio, 5th Floor
677 Davie Street
Professional Dancers 16 yrs +
Saturday, November 30 – Emily Chessa
Saturday, February 22 – Medhi Walerski
Saturday, May 2 – Stager TBD from Ohad Naharin’s Hora
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 are 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.