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

Valentin Chou graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2013. He has performed works by Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, and George Balanchine and to work 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 third season with Ballet Kelowna.

 


Desiree Bortolussi

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. This is Ms. Bortolussi’s sixth season with Ballet Kelowna.

 

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Charlotte Reid 

Charlotte Reid attended Canada's National Ballet School graduating in 2015. While there, she had the opportunity to perform roles in GiselleSwan 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 with English National Ballet School and attended summer programs with Boston Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. This is Ms. Reid's first season with Ballet Kelowna.

 


Emilie Durville | Rehearsal Director 

Emilie spent her formative years at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille directed by Roland Petit. After graduating in 2001, she was involved in freelance projects in Europe before joining La Compania de la Comunidad de Madrid in 2003 under the direction of Victor Ullate. Emilie danced from 2004 until 2013 at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where she was promoted to1st soloist in 2011.

Emilie has worked with many international choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Jiri Kilian, Christian Spuck, Nacho Duato, Christopher Weeldon, Stijn Celis, Didy Veldman, Shen Wei and Peter Quanz. She has also choreographed two pieces for the 2009 and 2012 GBC workshops in collaboration with the cinematographer Philippe Leonard.

Since 2014, Emilie has been a freelance guest artist. She performed for Pigeonwing Dance Company, Q Dance, Andrea Pena & Artists and many other independent choreographers in Canada. Emilie is also a ballet teacher for pre-professional schools and dance companies such as Ecole de Contemporain de Montreal, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Jazz and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. Since 2016, Emilie worked as a rehearsal director, assisting Peter Quanz, Didy Veldman and Gabrielle Lamb.