Ballet Intro


This class is taught by:

Nicola Earl

Nicola is a graduate of the teaching program at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. This was a three year full time training program which covered all aspects of dance training including classical ballet , pointe work, repertoire, RAD and Cecchetti syllabus, character, spanish, music, History of Dance and Benish Notation. It was at the end of this course that Nicola graduated top of her class and was awarded the 1998 Dame Ninette de Valois Award for excellence in teaching. She taught for nine years at the London Studio Centre which is a professional performing arts school where she held the position of Head of Year to all first and second year students. This involved working with each student in creating a timetable which met their individual needs and career choice. She also worked extensively with some of the leading dance physiotherapists and created rehabilitation programs to help nurse injured dancers back to health. It was here she had the pleasure of working with Margaret Barbieri, former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Company. Nicola assisted Ms Barbieri on her audition tours throughout Europe for her professional company Images of Dance.

Since arriving in Vancouver ten years ago, Nicola has worked at many schools throughout the lower mainland. She has been on the staff at Harbour Dance for the last ten years and is currently guest teaching for Ballet BC.

Nicola has recently enjoyed adjudicating for the Prince Albert Festival of Dance.

Makaila Wallace

A Canadian born in Vallejo, California, Makaila started her professional dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at age 14 and attended Bolshoi Ballet summer programs. She danced with the RWB company as an apprentice before moving to Stockholm, Sweden to join the Royal Swedish Ballet. There she had the opportunity to perform many lead roles (including Myrtha in Giselle, staged and casted by Natalia Makarova). After three years, she returned to Canada and joined Ballet BC. Dancing nationally and internationally, her personal performance highlights have included works by choreographers Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton, Serge Bennathan, Jiri Kylian and Medhi Walerski, among others. Makaila finished her final season with Ballet BC in 2014, where she danced for almost 11 years. She is now an independent artist living in Vancouver.
In the summer of 2015 Makaila was very honoured to be asked to be a part of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project (a platform to ensure Margie’s creative legacy continues) http://margiegillis.org/english/legacy-project-projet-heritage/ where she had the opportunity to observe and work closely with Margie and other collaborators in Montreal.
Makaila is dedicated to wanting to create a positive and supportive environment in her classes. There, she hopes people will have the opportunity to investigate and explore their own personal experiences and sensations of movement in an open and creative space. Photo by: Michael Slobodian
Ballet: Helps to build a strong base, clean technique and proper alignment, all of which are essential for any kind of dance. Barre exercises, combinations across the floor and adagio are taught to live piano accompaniment. Intro: For those with little or no dance background, you'll learn all the basics at this level.
 
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Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Apr 01 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Apr 04 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat Apr 08 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Apr 11 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat Apr 15 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Apr 18 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat Apr 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Apr 25 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat Apr 29 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue May 02 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat May 06 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue May 09 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat May 13 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue May 16 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat May 20 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue May 23 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat May 27 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue May 30 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace
  • Sat Jun 03 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Jun 06 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Makaila Wallace


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