Ballet 1


This class is taught by:

Thomas Teague

Thomas Teague, originally from San Diego, has achieved principal status in each of the companies his career has taken him. He performed leading roles in contemporary works by such internationally acclaimed choreographers as George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Val Caniparoli, Bruce Marks, Loyce Houlton, andaward winning Canadian choreographer Renald Rabu. He also performed principal roles in many of the traditional classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle and Les Sylphides as well as the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde and Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid. Thomas’s career started at Minnesota Dance Theatre, moved on to Pacific Ballet Theatre (now Ballet British Columbia), and then to Oregon Ballet Theatre. Thomas has choreographed for Ballet Oregon and Milwaukee Ballet II and has been a guest performer throughout the country. Mr. Teague also teaches Pilates, is a licensed Massage Therapist and studied Oriental Medicine for 2 years.
In 1994 after retiring from their professional careers, the Teagues co-founded and directed Ballet Arte, Academy of Classical Ballet and Ballet Arte Dance Theatre in the San Diego area. They owned the school for 10 years where they developed a comprehensive training syllabus and produced, choreographed and directed an annual Nutcracker, Spring Repertory Concert and many educational outreach programs. Drawing from his rich background in contemporary dance, Thomas also developed a unique contemporary ballet syllabus which has been widely acclaimed. This contemporary training is so needed and relevant in the professional dance world of today. In 2004 they accepted the positions as Directors and Principal Teachers for the Academy of Colorado Ballet where they successfully opened a second location for the company. In 2005 the Teagues moved back to San Diego and were happy to open their own school again, Del Mar Ballet. In 2014 they decided to move back to Canada to be closer to family and left their school in very capable hands.

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!

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.

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.

Erica Trivett

Erica was trained at the Goh Ballet Academy. She was a finalist at the 1991 Prix de Lausanne, was awarded by Critics Choice Tanz International, most promising young dancer in Switzerland (1999) and best female performer (2002) in the role of Martha in Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolfe in Denmark. Erica danced as a soloist with Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Gulbenkian Balllet (Portugal). She began free-lancing in 2000 in Swtizerland, France, Greece, Denmark and eventually based herself in Brussels for 7 years. She continued to travel and free-lance in and outside of Belgium and studied to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner in Paris, France.

Erica has been teaching workshops in the Feldenkrais Method as well as Ballet and Contemporary classes for schools and companies internationally. She began creating her own work in 2003 and choreographed the Astor Piazzolla opera Maria de Buenos Aires in Copenhagen with the Royal Danish Opera (2005) and also Hansel and Gretel in the Semperoper of Dresden (2006).

- Erica in "Twice Removed" -

She returned to Canada in 2010 to continue her interests in dance, movement and health. Erica has been a member of the faculty for Coastal Ballet and Pacific Dance Arts for 2 years and has choreographed for the company as well.

Erica is currently a 4th year student in the Canadian College of Osteopathy - Vancouver.

Robert Policarpio

Robert hails from Manila Philippines. He danced professionally with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines where he performed soloist roles from the classical repertory and in works of international choreographers such as Robert Barnett, Tom Pazik, Paul de Masson, Jan Linkens, Agnes Locsin, George Balanchine , just to name a few. He is also a ballet restager, the highlight of which when he had the opportunity to travel to China to restage the ballet "La Gitana" for the Central Ballet of China and the ballet "Camille" for the Beijing Dance Academy. Upon retiring from the dance scene, Robert moved to Brunei Darussalam to become the resident ballet teacher/Director of the Panaga Dance Centre for 17 years until his migration to Canada in 2010. Robert is a certified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher and a Stott Pilates instructor.
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 is for dancers with anywhere from one to four years experience who enjoy a slower-paced class with less complex dance steps.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jul 26 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Jul 27 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Emily Noton
  • Thu Jul 27 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Jul 29 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Mon Jul 31 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Erica Trivett
  • Wed Aug 02 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Aug 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Thu Aug 03 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Aug 05 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Mon Aug 07 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Wed Aug 09 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Aug 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Thu Aug 10 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Aug 12 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Mon Aug 14 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Wed Aug 16 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Aug 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Thu Aug 17 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Aug 19 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Mon Aug 21 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio


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