Ballet BC was established in 1986 in Vancouver with a purpose to foster international level ballet in the locality. Led by some of the extremely talented and dedicated teams of the time, the company started its operations and soon developed a strong reputation in the city.
In Recent Times
Today, Ballet BC consists of 18 highly trained and professional dancers with a repertoire of numerous contemporary works. The company frequently collaborates with local associations and other significant ballet companies to nurture arts and dance in the city. The company lays out different educational and training programs for the participants and updates them on a regular basis.
With a variety of premium learning facilities, Ballet BC provides a wonderful platform to the burgeoning ballerinas and dance enthusiasts to polish as well as showcase their talents. Besides regularly performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Ballet BC also tours to national and international destinations for its performances. The company’s years of expertise makes it one of the most significant and internationally recognized ballet companies.
Besides the permanent dancers and apprentices, the artistic staff of Ballet BC includes two of the highly dynamic, powerful and energetic people who serve as the backbone of the company. These are none other than the Artistic Director, Emily Molnar and the Rehearsal Director, Sylvain Senez.
Emily Molnar joined Ballet BC in 2009 and since then has steered the company towards the new avenues of success and acclaim. A graduate from the National Ballet School and one of the former members of the National Ballet of Canada, Molnar is listed among the most influential ballerinas of the country. She has performed with several international companies including the New York City and Frankfurt Ballet. She has also worked as a soloist and choreographer besides touring around the Canada, Europe, Asia and the US. Currently she holds office at the Ballet BC as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the company.
Sylvain Senez’s experience in ballet spans more than three decades. Starting a career with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 1979, he performed as a soloist for the company for nine years. In 1991, he joined Ballet BC as one of its principal dancers and performed for twelve consecutive seasons. After retiring from full time dancing in 2001, Senez works as the Rehearsal Director of the company and occasionally performs as the guest artist in some of its shows.
Ballet BC offers some of the finest outreach and training workshops to the learners as well as professional dancers. Among other programs, The Artist Salon, Studio Visits, Artist-in-Residence Program, The Choreographic Series and Summer Dance Intensive are some of the best opportunities offered by the company. These facilities not only provide benefits to the beginners but also help in strengthening the company’s portfolio.
The Live Experience
Ballet BC’s live shows present a beautiful blend of world-class aesthetics, charming stagecraft and amazing dance numbers. Nimble body movements and expressive sequences define the beauty of their performances. Ballet BC tickets witness high sales whenever the company goes on tour or starts its regular season. The current fall/winter season of the company will be celebrated with productions like The Nutcracker, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Grace Symmetry. Be a part of one of their shows to enjoy some of the company’s best ballets.