Ballet 1

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.

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.

Lara Barclay

Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Lara was only two when she followed her big sister into the dance studio. By the age of ten, she left home to study at Toronto’s National Ballet School, where Peggy Baker greatly influenced her passion for modern dance. Upon graduation, Lara headed for Europe, continuing her studies at John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet School and soon after, joining the Kiel Ballet. Lara’s professional career has spanned 17 years and seen her as a member of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kevin O’Day Ballet Mannheim (Germany), Deborah Colker (Brazil), The Need Company (Belgium), and Move: The Company (Vancouver), among several independent artists. Alongside dancing, Lara is a busy teacher and choreographer in Vancouver as well as co-director of Lamondance, a pre-professional company.

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.

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:

  • Sat Jun 24 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Mon Jun 26 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Wed Jun 28 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Jun 29 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lara Barclay
  • Thu Jun 29 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Lara Barclay
  • Thu Jul 06 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Jul 08 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Thu Jul 13 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Sat Jul 15 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Danielle Clifford
  • Mon Jul 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Wed Jul 19 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Thomas Teague
  • Thu Jul 20 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Robert Policarpio
  • Thu Jul 20 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm with Danielle Clifford


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