Progressing Ballet Technique (ballet on ball)


This class is taught by:

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!

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.

Progressing Ballet Technique is a collaboration of Pilates and floor barre exercises done on an exercise ball which has been proven to be an excellent way to support ballet technique. The ball is an instant source of feedback to help any dancer at any level.

$18 Drop-in or 1.5 hour class card (specialty class).

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Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Aug 18 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Emily Noton
  • Fri Aug 25 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Emily Noton
  • Fri Sep 01 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Sep 08 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Sep 09 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Sep 15 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Sep 16 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Sep 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Sep 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Sep 29 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Sep 30 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Oct 06 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Oct 07 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Oct 13 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Oct 14 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Fri Oct 20 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl
  • Sat Oct 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Nicola Earl


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