ADULT BALLET 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.
First come first served!
Ballet classes limited to 25 people.
IN MOTION FACULTY
Valentin Chou graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2013. He has performed works by Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, and George Balanchine, and has worked under the direction of Claude Bessy, Violette Verdy, and Nils Christe. Upon graduation, Mr. Chou joined Canada’s National Ballet School’s Post-Secondary Program performing works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Robert Binet, Demis Volpi and Aszure Barton. Mr. Chou participated in The Banff Centre’s Summer Professional Dance Program and premiered a new work by Gabrielle Lamb. This is Mr. Chou’s fourth season with Ballet Kelowna.
Desiree Bortolussi is a graduate of The Canadian School of Ballet and has performed in 14 productions of CSB’s The Nutcracker with appearances in many principal roles. 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. She has also studied at the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive program under Paul Destrooper and Stephane Leonard. During summer 2015, Ms. Bortolussi took part in The Banff Centre’s Summer Professional Dance Program where she worked with choreographer Gabrielle Lamb and Lindsay Fischer. With Ballet Kelowna, Ms. Bortolussi has worked with David LaHay, Brian Macdonald, Simone Orlando, Heather Myers, and James Kudelka. This is Ms. Bortolussi’s seventh season with Ballet Kelowna.
Charlotte Reid attended Canada’s National Ballet School graduating in 2015. While there, she had the opportunity to perform roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, and the Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Reid spent one year in the RBC Apprentice Program with The National Ballet of Canada and through the course of the year participated in youth outreach programs performing the Pussy Cat Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty, the Pas de Deux from Flower Festival in Genzano as well as pieces choreographed by Lindsay Fischer, Ian Rowe, and Dylan Tedaldi. Additionally, Ms. Reid danced with the company in Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, and Giselle. She trained in England for one year at the English National Ballet School and attended summer programs at the Boston Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School. This is Ms. Reid’s second season with Ballet Kelowna.
Allison Lang graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School and continued her training with NBS’ Post Secondary Program where she had the opportunity to perform the works of Marius Petipa, Eric Bruhn, and William Forsythe. Ms. Lang had the pleasure of performing with the National Ballet of Canada in James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker during the 2015/16 season. Since joining Ballet Kelowna in 2016, Ms. Lang has felt extremely fortunate to perform the works of Simone Orlando, Gioconda Barbuto, Donald Sales, Wen Wei Wang, Alysa Pires, and John Alleyne to name a few. This is Ms. Lang’s third season with the company.