ADULT BALLET AND PILATES CLASSES FOR INTRODUCTORY, BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE LEVELS
Ballet Kelowna recently moved into a new facility and installed a state-of-the-art sprung dance floor, which is essential to the practice of ballet and other forms of dance. The studio will be open on evenings and weekends to offer programs for the benefit of the community.
Ballet Kelowna’s IN MOTION program offers introductory, beginner and intermediate adult ballet classes, as well as Pilates.
First come first served!
Ballet classes limited to 25 people.
Pilates classes limited to 20 people.
IN MOTION FACULTY
Certified Pilates Process Instructor
Mark Dennis was born in Prince George, British Columbia and began his dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School in 2002. Mr. Dennis was a recipient of the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Peter Dwyer Scholarship and participated in the Prix de Lausanne quarter finals. Mr. Dennis continued his studies in Canada’s National Ballet School’s Post-Secondary Program until he joined Canada’s National Ballet as an apprentice. Mr. Dennis has also been a member of Alberta Ballet in Calgary, The West Australian Ballet in Perth, Australia and Northern Ballet in Leeds, United Kingdom. Mr. Dennis has trained under Marcia Haydee, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, James Kudelka, Uwe Scholz and Petr Zuska. Mr. Dennis joined Ballet Kelowna in October 2014 and has had the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers Heather Myers, Shawn Hounsell and Gabrielle Lamb under the direction of Simone Orlando. Mark is looking forward to another year of artistic exploration with Ballet Kelowna.
Ms. Bortolussi is a graduate of The Canadian School of Ballet where she studied under the tutelage of Melville Brown, Lori Larson, Carley Bailey and Regeanna Stubel. Ms. Bortolussi has performed in The Canadian School of Ballet's production The Nutcracker 14 years in a row with highlighted appearances as the Angel Queen, the Arabian Queen and Clara. Ms. Bortolussi has participated in summer dance programs at Canada’s National Ballet School, The Boston Ballet School, The Cincinnati Ballet School, and The School of Alberta Ballet. Ms. Bortolussi has also studied at The Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive program under Paul Destrooper and Stephane Leonard. During summer 2015, Ms. Bortolussi participated in The Banff Centre’s Summer Professional Dance Program where she had the privilege of working with choreographer Gabrielle Lamb and the director of the program, Lindsay Fischer. With Ballet Kelowna, Ms. Bortolussi has had the opportunity to work with David LaHay, Brian Macdonald, Kay Armstrong, Raelynn Heppell, Simone Orlando, Heather Meyers, and James Kudelka.
Heather Thomson was born in Calgary, Alberta. She is a recent graduate of the School of Alberta Ballet. During her time there, Ms. Thomson trained under the direction of Murray Kilgour and Edmund Stripe and was featured in Alberta Ballet’s productions The Nutcracker and Madame Butterfly. In 2014, Ms. Thomson joined Alberta Ballet II for its inaugural season, under the direction of Aram Manukyan. Most recently during summer 2015, Ms. Thomson was a recipient of the Muriel Jolliffe Endowment for Dance, allowing her to participate in The Banff Centre’s Summer Professional Dance Program led by Lindsay Fischer.