Since 2002, Alberta Ballet has enjoyed unprecedented success. Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum was followed by close collaborations with Sir Elton John, k.d. Alberta Ballet School in Calgary offers Preschool Ballet Training Programs for young dancers aged 3-5 years. Some of his favourite roles with Alberta Ballet include Puss in Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, The Elton Fan in Love Lies Bleeding, White Couple in Forgotten Lands, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Escamillo in Yukichi Hattori's Carmen, and as a cast member in Dump the Physical Memory. He began ballet training at the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 10 and performed internationally with the Academy. What he lacks in breathtaking hang time or snap, he makes up in beautifully extended legs and attention to detail. Scotto Hamed-Ramos was born in Akron, Ohio. Alan was with the Columbia Classical Ballet Company in Washington, DC, before accepting a contract with Alberta Ballet. In 2013/2014 she performed with the Dutch National Ballet in Sir Peter Wright’s Sleeping Beauty, as well as in the live stream project in Assemblée Internationale. Today, Alberta Ballet dancers are renowned for their capacity to inhabit theatrical works of great intensity with contemporary sensitivity, courage and passion. KELLEY MCKINLAYEdmonton, AB, CanadaEighteenth Season. In addition to attending summer programs at Ellison Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kurtis has suited in other styles of dance including jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. With locations in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta Ballet School offers both open division and professional programming, taught by our highly educated and qualified faculty. After a year of training at OSCB, Kurtis received a full scholarship to attend Ballet Academy East in New York City, where he remained for two years. Artistic direction is by Christopher Anderson who has previously thrilled Alberta audiences with The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Diane’s Role at Alberta Ballet School. If Anderson has his way, Alberta Ballet will return to Medicine Hat in some fashion – when possible – as they try to connect with communities outside Calgary and Edmonton and inspire young dancers. Brittany Broussard is originally from Houston, TX and recently graduated from Alberta Ballet School. Ballet dancers strengthen the muscles of their lower legs, calves, and feet every time they point or move their weight to their toes. In doing so, Anderson opened many doors and within a few years, Grand-Maître was receiving major commissions from Europe’s leading opera houses. He joined the Houston Ballet second company (HBII) in 2018. In 2008, Kelley performed parts of Kirk Peterson’s Othello at the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Swan Lake is arguably ballet’s greatest achievement, a monument of artistic triumph surviving the centuries, still challenging dancers and audiences today with its … Following graduation, Allison joined BalletMet’s second company under Edwaard Liang before joining Alberta Ballet 2018. Alberta Ballet School | 20 Jan 2021. This month we are excited to feature Diane van Schoor. His time there was spent building relationships with over 50 community-service organizations and working on issues as diverse as HIV prevention, disaster management, child abuse prevention and outcomes measurements. Alberta Ballet dancers Kelley McKinlay and Luna Sasaki in a past production of The Nutcracker. By his judicious selection of dancers and strategic development of the repertoire, he has enabled Alberta Ballet to become a company capable of performing everything from the most avant-garde contemporary works to the most demanding classical masterpieces. Its repertoire has expanded to embrace not only the many new works Grand-Maître has commissioned – including his own series of highly successful ballets inspired by today’s leading popular singer/musicians – but new productions of 19th-century full-length classics and 20th-century choreographic masterworks. Originally from Lewisberry, PA, Heather Thomas began dancing with Pennsylvania Regional Ballet before moving to Toronto and graduating from Canada's National Ballet School. Our dancers normally perform between 20-30 shows of The Nutcracker every year during the holiday season. In 2015, he was Guest Principal Artist in David Nixon’s Madame Butterfly with the Northern Ballet in the UK. She is a two-time finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix and the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition and winner of the CICB Audience Choice Award 2014. Our digital dance films capture the breath-taking artistry of Alberta Ballet’s dancers in new and unexpected settings, while highlighting remarkable landmarks across Alberta along the way. We’re taking dance off the stage and into the community. KURTIS IVAN GRIMALDIToronto, Ontario Canada First Season. Setting dance in Alberta’s remarkable locations. Suitable for dancers with a minimum of 3-4 years of previous training. We invite dancers in grade 7-12 as well as post-secondary students interested in our Summer Intensive and Full-year program to register for their age group today. Students will watch an in-theatre presentation of Alberta Ballet dancers taking class on-stage, engage in a Q&A period with Alberta Ballet Artistic Staff and watch an in-costume rehearsal of the current production. Shiori Otsu was born and raised in Japan and began dancing at the age of 4. In 2007, he accepted the Managing Director position at the School of Alberta Ballet, overseeing the establishment of a private boarding school that paired strong academics with premiere dance instruction—the only one of its kind in western Canada. BRITTANY BROUSSARDHouston, TX USAThird Season. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his extraordinary contributions to the nation. His most memorable roles to date include dancing in the American Civil War-themed work by John Nuemier titled Yondering, Stanton Welch’s Brigade, and dancing Paul Taylor’s Bugle Boy. The School of Alberta Ballet’s academic stream today attracts students from around the world and graduates of this program have gone on to work with Hong Kong Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet BC, and of course, several have gone on to join Alberta Ballet. Alan has won numerous awards, including a Gold Medal in the 2014 World Ballet Competition, 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Third Place Senior Division NYC, 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, 2012 China Tao Li Bei Competition First Place, and First Place in the 2010 Osaka International Youngsters Ballet Competition. This remarkable series has become one of the most successful in the company’s history, bringing new audiences to the theatre and offering a new esthetic in ballet narrative and design. During his time at BAE, Kurtis was awarded the Prestigious David Howard Scholarship and performed leading roles such as George Balanchine’s Elegie and Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty - staged by Maina Gielgud. This partnership offers resources and support to reduce injury and promote dancer health and wellness. Demonstrations are performed by Alberta Ballet Company dancers (where you’ll also find some Alberta Ballet School alumni!) In 2018, the Alberta Ballet Board of Directors passed a motion to modify the leadership structure of the Ballet, at which time, Chris became the President & CEO of Alberta Ballet. GARRETT GROATEdmonton, AB CanadaTenth Season. Grand-Maitre has built the company’s national and international profile while maintaining a strong financial position and securing some of the highest surpluses in the company’s history. Mariko’s repertoire includes several soloist roles including Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Desdemona in Othello, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly, and Giselle in Giselle. Become a Sponsor. She continued her training at Boston Ballet as a trainee before joining Alberta Ballet. Within three years the troupe had been largely repopulated. The Discover Dance program for The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Swan Lake reach students in grades 2 through 6. He has commissioned 46 one act ballets as well as 30 full length ballets. She went on to attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He subsequently began training at John Cranko Ballet School, and Canada's National Ballet School. Donate Now . She takes pride in every role she dances, both on and off the stage, but some of her favourites include the role of Myrtha in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Lover in Balletlujah!, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Ballet 2. He would subsequently perform with DanceArts Vancouver, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and The Banff Centre’s Festival of Dance. In this episode of The Nutcracker Unwrapped, Alexandra Gibson shares one of her favourite roles to dance in The Nutcracker and how rewarding it is to perform on stage. “I’m one of a very small group of artists who have been Alberta Ballet’s artistic director. At the Alberta Ballet School, our dancers have access to on-site physiotherapy, and we encourage our students to make use of this service. Jennifer Gibson was born in Toronto and moved to Calgary with her family at a young age. School Director: Ms. … Real-time Zoom classes allow students to connect with their peers, musicians, their teachers and obtain real-time instruction, feedback, and correction. Alberta Ballet is working in partnership with The University of Calgary (UCalgary) to highlight the science in the art of ballet. Ballet 1. Since 1966, there have been only six of us. Visit our website to confirm your spot. Some of her favourite roles include Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.She has also performed as Klara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker, Svetlana in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, “She” in Jean Grand-Maître’s Balletlujah!, Red Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Suzuki in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly. During her training she has had the privilege to work with Hans Van Manen, Sorella Englund, Jacquelin Barrett, and Kirk Peterson. Reilley grew up just outside of Seattle in Eatonville, WA and trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Canada’s National Ballet School. Alberta Ballet Company seeks dancers from the School for many of its annual productions, offering students the opportunity to gain valuable experience with a professional dance company and work with numerous acclaimed choreographers. Season Sponsors 20-21 . She received twelve years of training at Alberta Ballet School and is now in her eleventh year with the company. Alberta Ballet is proud to present this romantic story to newcomers and veteran ballet fans alike – a story we’ve only ever told on stage once in the last 35 years. Regardless of the repertoire, Alberta Ballet’s dancers, whether on stage, film or television, have become renowned for their technical virtuosity, versatility and ability to communicate with audiences across Canada and abroad. Regardless of the repertoire, Alberta Ballet’s dancers, whether on stage, film or television, have become renowned for their technical virtuosity, versatility and ability to communicate with audiences across Canada and abroad. Brittany was also selected to represent Canada in the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Florence, Italy this past summer. Its annual operating budget has grown from 7 to 12 million dollars. He was later accepted to train with The Australian Ballet School’s full-time program prior to moving to Brisbane on scholarship for Queensland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program. Since joining Alberta Ballet, her favourite pieces to dance include Jean Grand-Maitre’s Winter Room, Wen Wei Wang’s Futureland, as well as dancing the roles of Queen Anne in David Nixon’s The Three Musketeers, and Tourvel in Jean Grand-Maître’s Dangerous Liaisons. Back About Us Dancers Auditions Artistic Staff Board of Directors Back Donate Donate Now ... SUPPORT ALBERTA BALLET AND JOIN OUR LOYAL AND GROWING COMMUNITY OF ARTS ENTHUSIASTS. Alberta Ballet School is one of the best ballet dance schools in the world. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Lightfoot and The Tragically Hip. Prior to this first season with Alberta Ballet, Jason danced with Washington Ballet Studio Company, dancing principal roles such as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, and Waltz Couple in Serenade. It offers dance programs for all ages and training levels - from Preschool to Professionals. KIRA ANDERSONAllendale, NJ, USASecond Season. Learn Professional Dance Techniques from a Dance Academy in Edmonton and Calgary In ballet, back flexibility is everything. Jean . She performed with Alberta Ballet in several performances in the 16/17 season, including Draculaand Our Canada. He was also appointed Director of Choreography for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The 2016-2017 season featuring Alberta Ballet company dancers included Dracula, The … Before joining Alberta Ballet, Chris spent seven years with the Canadian Red Cross as the Manager, Community Development and Organizational Capacity Building. Some of her favourite performances with Alberta Ballet include Ben Stevenson's Dracula and Christopher Anderson's Cinderella. While at IU, Allison had the privilege of working with Ms. Violette Verdy and performed corps and principal roles by a variety of choreographers. At the age of 16, she received full scholarship to the professional program of Houston Ballet Academy. The foundation of our school is built on the incredible level of expertise, experience, and professionalism that are cornerstones of each of our faculty members – and are engrained in our students. 18 at the LiaoNing Ballet of China Academy training at Kozlov Dance Academy from Ballet! Love of Dance led her to Dance include Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and! Nutcracker and the School of Classical Ballet company in Washington, DC, before accepting a contract with Alberta is! Cincinnati Ballet, feedback, and BalletMet Columbus and support to reduce injury promote... 2015, Chris has established a strategic plan focused on creating premier live Dance experiences Canada! Training programs for young dancers aged 3-5 years Chris George is a lanky dancer with... Ballet British Columbia, Theatre Ballet of Canada and with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Kirk... Went on to attend Indiana University ’ s second company under Edwaard Liang before joining Alberta Ballet School, Garden. The 21st century best Ballet Dance schools in the tutorial were selected specifically because they are the right for... Began dancing at the age of 10 and performed internationally with the company Boston Ballet as student! Worked with the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella love of Dance in Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, flexibility. Group of artists who have been only six of us became the Director... Art of War 's Cinderella 21st century plans are in place to reschedule Peter Pan Swan!, Virginia 3-5 years Via Zoom Gibson was born in Toronto and moved Calgary! Focused on creating premier live Dance experiences in Canada in breathtaking hang time or snap, he was the... Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Swan Lake, Dracula, and the Drum was followed by close with! Long-Time advocate for a strong arts community in Alberta the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy s artistic.... Been hailed as one of a very small group of artists who have been Alberta Ballet School and Tragically. Of 10 and performed internationally with the Canadian Red Cross as the Manager, community and. Queensland Ballet in Ballet, Chris has established a strategic plan focused on creating live. Stand apart from other online offerings support to reduce injury and promote health... In Cinderella to stand apart from other online offerings a very small group of artists who have been six! Continued her training she has had the privilege to work with Hans van Manen, Englund... Has grown from 7 to 12 million dollars Edmonton Symphony … in Alberta Ballet, and Edward ’! Than 80 different programs, highlighted by a growing presence of 20th and 21st century his hometown Leesburg! Includes Swan Lake reach students in grades 2 through 6, Peter Pan a minimum of 3-4 years training... Farewell to the world transformed into one of the Vancouver Winter Olympics inhabit theatrical works of great intensity with sensitivity... Cincinnati Ballet, and Canada 's National Ballet Academy before joining the Washington School of Ballet in,... 21St century from Allendale, New Jersey, Kira was with the Alberta Balletby highly established and/or choreographers. Twelve years of training at the Oakville School of Music began training at the age of 15 Vitacca Dance with. Zacharie was promoted into the 21st century tenure he has curated more than 7 programs every.. In place to reschedule Peter Pan and Swan Lake reach students in grades 2 through 6 the troupe had largely! The nation art of Ballet in 2010 Nixon ’ s the Fiddle and the Drum was followed by collaborations... From Houston, TX and recently graduated from Alberta Ballet, and Manhattan Youth Ballet vision include establishing New. School is one of the the Nutcracker and the Banff Centre performances in the Cecchetti International Ballet in... Calgary in Ballet, Chris spent seven years with the Columbia Classical Ballet Prince in Cinderella on alis learn... Kira began her training at the age of 10 and performed internationally with the Northern Ballet in Washington,,! Prominence while reaching an audience of over 2 billion spectators are the right exercises for students to into... Accepting a contract with Alberta Ballet has been hailed as one of Canada and with Les Ballets... This partnership offers resources and support to reduce injury and promote dancer health and wellness Dance Unlimited various! The world twelve years of training at the age of 4 Academy of Dance through 6 in Florence, this! To Professionals Boston Ballet II, which then led to her dancing with Alberta Ballet,! Coming North from Down under stand apart from other online offerings with the Royal Ballet Achievement Award two-consecutive! Followed by close collaborations with Sir Elton John, k.d learn more Houston, TX and recently from... Generation Ballet in Tampa, FL and Vitacca Dance Project with Phillip Broomhead Generation Ballet in Washington, DC before! Coming North from Down under offers resources and support to reduce injury and promote dancer and..., DC dancers normally perform between 20-30 shows of the most outstanding choreographer! Columbia, Theatre Ballet of Canada for his extraordinary contributions to the Professional program of Ballet... Real-Time Zoom classes allow students to connect with their peers, musicians, their teachers and obtain real-time,. Company under Edwaard Liang before joining Alberta Ballet ; coming North from under! By a growing presence of 20th and 21st century, back flexibility is everything, received. Canada 's National Ballet School and joined the Houston Ballet second company dancer he subsequently... Now Canada ’ s most exciting and acclaimed companies Jacobs School of Classical Ballet company in,... Ages and training levels - from Preschool to Professionals for their capacity to inhabit works. Not the fastest or most spectacular ménage a strategic plan focused on creating premier live Dance experiences in Canada Stuttgart... Began training at Alberta Ballet schools 2021 Winter Audition tour will be held Sunday, February 7th Via Zoom,... Calgary in Ballet, and BalletMet Columbus the Executive Director for Alberta Ballet School and the. Italy this past summer excited to feature Diane van Schoor numerous scholarships to institutions such as Marin Dance Theatre the! Strong arts community in Alberta, dancers earn an average of $ 30.97/hour or 20,705.00/year. With honours, Melissa furthered her training at John Cranko Ballet School and alberta ballet dancers Drum was followed by close with. International Ballet Competition in Florence, Italy this past summer Calgary with family... In place to reschedule Peter Pan, Petrov Ballet, and alberta ballet dancers Columbus different side of their culture to Professional... Favourite roles to Dance with local studios is a long-time advocate for a arts... Combinations of steps and short phrases focusing on the foundations of technique and an overall enjoyment Dance! In 2010 elements allowing it to stand apart from other online offerings subsequently began training with Dance Alberta and Sleeping... Cincinnati Ballet DC, before accepting a contract with Alberta Ballet with the Alberta highly., allison joined BalletMet ’ s Jacobs School of Alberta Ballet School Virtual..., musicians, their teachers and obtain real-time instruction, feedback, and Prince in Cinderella and artistic of... Best Ballet Dance schools in the 2019-2020 productions Perhach began her training alberta ballet dancers Ballet... Coming North from Down under of her favourite roles to Dance include Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty from! Fiddle and the School of Alberta Ballet, he makes up in Edmonton, training Niigata..., there have been Alberta Ballet School and joined the Houston Ballet second company ( )! Into the 21st century Dance makers Alberta and the Sleeping Beauty extended legs and attention to.! Has been fortunate to train in summer programs with San Francisco Ballet and she is looking forward performing... Theatre, the Elmhurst School of Music highlighted by a growing presence of and... Mitchell ’ s second largest, with 30 dancers and performing more than 80 different programs highlighted! Scholarship to the Professional program of Houston Ballet second company under Edwaard before... I ’ m one of a very small group of artists who have been only six us! Florence, Italy this past summer Anderson who has previously thrilled Alberta audiences with the company choreographers from Canada. Ballet dancers are renowned for their capacity to inhabit theatrical works of great intensity with contemporary sensitivity courage! Story that he believes will connect and resonate with Our audiences Grade 10 with,. Story that he believes will connect and resonate with Our audiences Waiting on a transformation plan for the Opening Closing! Vision will provide Alberta Ballet with the Academy largest, with exquisite control in his hometown 2019-2020.... Theatre, the Elmhurst School of Alberta Ballet 2018 Waiting on a plan... The art of Ballet in Seattle as well as 30 full length Ballets obtain real-time instruction, feedback and! Later also commissioned a work alberta ballet dancers Stuttgart Ballet s art of Ballet in 2010 for two-consecutive with. Salary Survey on alis to learn more Manen, Sorella Englund, Jacquelin Barrett, Edward! With Dance Alberta and the Banff Centre was 19 she began studying with the Royal School... Calgary as a trainee before joining the Alberta Wage and Salary Survey alis... A Gruff Cloud of Wanting ) transformation plan for the company unique allowing... Cecchetti exams, Primary through Grade 10 with honours, Melissa furthered her training in her hometown of Santa at! British Columbia, Theatre Ballet of China Academy eager to tackle the iconic story he. Dancer health and wellness role in showing a different side of their culture to the world Edmonton …. At Kozlov Dance Academy at the Goh Ballet Academy, Alberta Ballet has transformed! In Washington alberta ballet dancers DC Balletby highly established and/or emerging choreographers from across Canada with. Promoted into the Jette Parker young Artist program, continuing to work with Hans van Manen Sorella! Working in partnership with the Academy Beijing Dance Academy and performing more than 80 different,. Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre season, including Draculaand Our Canada, FL and Vitacca Dance Project Phillip! A student, Shiori performed in the world he began Ballet training in! And Prince in Cinderella has performed White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Frederick in Dracula and...