Ballet 3

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.

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!

Reid Colton

Mr. Reid is currently residing in Langley and teaches at various studios in the lower mainland area. Reid specializes in teaching Mens/Womens Ballet Technique, Men’s Variations and pas de deux.

Reid began training with Philip Fuller in Los Angeles at the age of 8. As a student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, he attended summer sessions on scholarship with ABT, San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Ballet. He received a scholarship to the post secondary program of Canada’s National Ballet School, where he studied with Lindsay Fischer and had a brand new work choreographed on him by James Kudelka. Reid represented NBS in an international showcase, dancing the late Rudi van Danzig’s "Third Song" at the Stuttgart Ballet.

Upon graduating from the post secondary dance program, Reid joined Ballet West and performed ballets such as "Giselle", "Sleeping Beauty" and Balanchine’s "Stars and Stripes". In 2008, Reid joined The Orlando Ballet and danced roles in Fernando Bujones’ "Don Quixote", and Robert Hill’s "Le Corsaire".


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) 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

Wen Wei Wang

Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company after which he danced with Ballet British Columbia for seven years. In 2000 he received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and since then has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Dancers Dancing, the North West Dance Projects in Portland USA, and Ballet B C. He also created the dance sections for the Vancouver Opera’s production of Nixon in China . He most recently created a new work for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance and has choreographed eight full-length works. The company has performed these works at major venues across Canada, and around the world. The company has performed as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Canada Dance Festival, International Contemporary Dance Festival (Colombia, South America), La Biennale di Venzia (Italy), and the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China). Wen Wei is the recipient of the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award in 2009.

Beverly Bagg

Ballet Mistress – Alberta Ballet Company Calgary, AB.
Ballet Mistress - Ballet BC, Vancouver BC.
Present - 2009
• Performing with Alberta Ballet, in Contemporary and Character Role.
January 1989 – March 1976:
• Performing Arts Council of Transvaal, (Pact) Ballet Company, South Africa. Joined Company in March 1976 and promoted to Principal Dancer in January 1986.

August 1983 - August 1982:
• Frankfurt Ballet Company, Germany.
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 3: This is our most advanced level directed towards long-time enthusiasts and professionals.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jul 25 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Wed Jul 26 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emily Noton
  • Thu Jul 27 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Jul 28 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sun Jul 30 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Reid Colton
  • Mon Jul 31 10:00 am - 10:30 am with Nicola Earl
  • Tue Aug 01 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Makaila Wallace
  • Wed Aug 02 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Wen Wei Wang
  • Thu Aug 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Wen Wei Wang
  • Fri Aug 04 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Beverly Bagg
  • Sun Aug 06 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Reid Colton
  • Mon Aug 07 10:00 am - 10:30 am with Beverly Bagg
  • Tue Aug 08 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Makaila Wallace
  • Wed Aug 09 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Wen Wei Wang
  • Thu Aug 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Wen Wei Wang
  • Fri Aug 11 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Beverly Bagg
  • Sun Aug 13 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Reid Colton
  • Mon Aug 14 10:00 am - 10:30 am with Beverly Bagg
  • Tue Aug 15 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Makaila Wallace
  • Wed Aug 16 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Wen Wei Wang


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