Ballet 1/2

This class is taught by:

Eva Carius

Eva Carius started her ballet training the suburbs of Vancouver with Ellen Andrews and Jo Slater. From local competitions she won scholarships to the Banff School of Fine Arts and the School of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She joined the RWB company in 1975. She danced in a broad range of rolls, from the classics of Les Sylphides (Waltz) and Ashton's Les Patineurs (Blue Girl) to the more modern and dramatic Family Scenes (The Mother) and Rite of Spring (Chosen One) by Oscar Araiz. In 1980 she was invited to Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland as a soloist, promoted to principal a year later. There she continued her work with Oscar Araiz reprising former roles and creating many new works.

Eva began teaching while in Europe, at summer school in Vignale, Italy. On returning to Canada she danced and taught company class for Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Theatre. She also began teaching at The Dance Gallery, Terpsichore Studios, Goh Ballet Academy and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. After taking a some years off to raise a family, Eva has been teaching at Harbour Dance Centre since 2006.

"Dance has brought a great deal of joy to my life, and I love to encourage students' natural joy of movement to flow through their ballet technique, fine-tuning that technique along the way."

Emily Noton

Emily grew up and trained in Edmonton, where she started her career with Citie Ballet after years of competing in all disciplines. She is a true multi-genre performer and teacher who holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta, and a diploma in Arts Administration from Grant MacEwan University that she completed while dancing. In addition to Citie Ballet she also performed with the Russian Vaganova Society and Mile Zero Dance Company in Canada. In New York she performed with the Graham-based Saba Dance Theatre and LiNK Contemporary Jazz Dance Company, and in Philadelphia with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company. Internationally, she worked with several ballet schools in Okinawa, Japan, and taught at Broadway Dance Centre in Tokyo. In addition to ballet and contemporary concert dance, Emily has performed with music legend Mannheim Steamroller, and Zach Galifianakis, star of “The Hangover”. She has modeled for the renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield, and has been sponsored by Bloch dancewear and Sansha. While living in New York she used her diverse talents to collaborate with the creatively renowned Crunch Gyms to film dance fitness videos and do TV publicity for the company, and has also appeared as a background dancer in art films.

In addition to all of this exciting work, she has always remained very committed and enthusiastic about teaching dance at all levels and has branched out to training actors in New York as well. Emily is passionate about the pursuit of physical training in dance and has her Certified Personal Trainer designation from NASM in the US. One of her newest endeavors with colleagues in New York was the formation of PAC (Performing Arts Collective), which tours the North East area conducting performance workshops for pre-professionals. Recently, she has choreographed new work for Alberta's International Feats Festival of Dance, was the guest choreographer for Motif 2011 at the University of Alberta, and has been adjudicating across North America. She is excited to be back in Canada and Vancouver-based!

Gilbert Small

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gilbert Small started his professional ballet training at the age of 10 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has studied at various summer programs, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Springboard Danse Montreal. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. While at Purchase, Gilbert was given the opportunity to study abroad at the Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has also performed with Toronto based ProArte Danza. Prior to joining Ballet BC, Gilbert performed for New York-based Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Danielle Clifford

Danielle toured throughout Europe as a principle dancer with the Grand Theatre de Nancy and as a soloist with the Nice Opera during the 50's and 60's. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 1970, she opened the Ballet Studio in North Vancouver. Over the past ten years, Danielle has worked as ballet mistress at Anna Wyman Dance Company, completed the teacher training seminar at the National Ballet School of Canada and has adjudicated numerous competitions throughout the province. She was profiled in Vandance Magazine for her rich experiences. Danielle is co-founder of Harbour Dance.

Suzanne Ouellette

Suzanne is originally from Vancouver and she trained and danced with some of the worlds finest ballet companies from Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, London England’s Dance Centre to Pacific Ballet Theatre (Ballet B.C.)

Suzanne was Ballet Mistress for Ballet BC for 5 years and is the founding director of Ballet B.C.’s Mentor Program under Artistic Director John Alleyne. She has worked with James Kudelka, Paul Taylor, Jean Grand Maitre, Reid Anderson, to name a few. Most recently she was the Senior Ballet / pilates teacher of the professional training program at the Richmond Academy of Dance, where she also started the award winning Musical Theatre Program.

Suzanne has also performed as a lead dancer, singer and actress in professional musicals with the Vancouver Playhouse, Calgary’s Stage West’s ”Nunsense”, and several productions for TUTS, MUSSOC and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. She has guest taught and adjudicated ballet and Musical Theatre all across Canada for schools and professional companies.

A very creative and innovative choreographer, she has set many award winning solos and ballets for her students as well as CBC TV specials, Columbia Pictures Promos, Fashion shows for hair and clothing designers, dance programs for Canada’s Olympic skaters, numerous UBC Opera Department’s productions, Vancouver Opera Galas, Richmond Gateway Theatre musicals, as well as feature films for Showtime and numerous TV Series for the Fox Network, all are among her extensive TV/FILM credits.

Suzanne’s passion, enthusiasm, and extensive background in many facets of the performing arts, make her in great demand as a teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director and adjudicator.

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.
Level 1/2: Intermediate/advanced

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jul 27 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Jul 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Jul 28 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm with Emily Noton
  • Sun Jul 30 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Gilbert Small
  • Mon Jul 31 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Thu Aug 03 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 04 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 04 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm with Suzanne Ouellette
  • Sun Aug 06 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Emily Noton
  • Mon Aug 07 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Thu Aug 10 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 11 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 11 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm with Suzanne Ouellette
  • Sun Aug 13 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Emily Noton
  • Mon Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Thu Aug 17 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 18 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Eva Carius
  • Fri Aug 18 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm with Suzanne Ouellette
  • Sun Aug 20 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm with Emily Noton
  • Mon Aug 21 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm with Danielle Clifford


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