Ballet Kelowna :: About Us

About Us

Ballet Kelowna
Excellence in Motion

Our Mission: Ballet Kelowna brings excellent, inspiring and memorable dance to British Columbia and the Canadian west.

Our Vision: We envision a world in which every life is enriched by the performance and practice of dance.

Founded in 2002, and under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO (AD/CEO) Simone Orlando since 2014, Ballet Kelowna brings excellent, inspiring and memorable dance to British Columbia and beyond.  The Company presents numerous styles of dance from Canada’s finest emerging and established choreographers, and embraces the precision and elegance of ballet technique to create original new works that captivate and engage today’s diverse audiences.

Serving as the only professional dance company in BC’s Interior, Ballet Kelowna is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers.  The Company performs annually for over 10,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, while also providing unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs.

AD/CEO Simone Orlando is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Orlando is actively leading Ballet Kelowna in collaborations with other community organizations, to educate and cultivate new dance audiences, and to enhance the impact of performances and programs.