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) http://margiegillis.org/english/legacy-project-projet-heritage/ 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
Makaila Wallace instructs the following:
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. Intro: For those with little or no dance background, you'll learn all the basics at this level.
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