Winter at Ballet Kelowna

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After a record-breaking snowfall in Kelowna earlier in the week, Simone Orlando and the Ballet Kelowna dancers are back in the studio working on Winter Journey, the piece Simone created in 2006 through her Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award at The Banff Centre.

Winter Journey is one of three Lee Award pieces to be presented on Ballet Kelowna’s upcoming Spring Tourprogramme.  The Company will be touring to 9 cities this spring, including Penticton, Vancouver, and Banff.  For more information on our tour dates and destinations click here.

Simone is just back from Ipswich, England where she participated in DanceEast’s Rural Retreat, an invite-onlyconference for dance leaders from around the world.  Guest speakers at the conference included Major General John Sutherell, Assis Carreiro (Freelance Dance Consultant), Christopher Hampson (Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet) and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp (Executive Director of The Place in London).

While in the UK, Simone had the opportunity to see theScottish Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and the Royal Ballet’s new production of Don Quixote.  Simone wasn’t the only one abroad over the holidays.  Ballet Kelowna dancerDesiree Bortolussi attended Ballet Ireland’s production ofSwan Lake, Jed Duifhuis visited Germany to see Ballet Mannheim, and Mark Dennis saw Staatsoper Hannover‘s production of Sleeping Beauty and Rodin und Claudel.


Single Tickets for the 2015 Season Now on Sale

Single tickets for The Ashley Bouder Project on March 3featuring the Canadian premiere of Rouge et Noir by Joshua Beamish and Forward: A Mixed Repertory Programme onApril 24 featuring Ballet Kelowna, are now on sale.  Save up to 15% on single ticket prices to these two extraordinary performances by purchasing a Mini-Pack.  Purchase Single Tickets and Mini-Packs here.

Upcoming Master Classes and Choreographic Workshops

Ballet Kelowna’s Master Class and Choreographic Workshop Series continues in 2015 with more international guest artists.  Choreographer Heather Myers teaches a workshop on February 8, while New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder teaches ballet classes onMarch 2.  Join Kelowna’s-own Joshua Beamish for hischoreographic workshop on March 4.  For more details clickhere. To register send an email to [email protected] or call 250-762-6105.

Photo credits:
Top – Donald Lee, Middle: Ballet Kelowna, Bottom: Joshua Beamish creating on New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder & Amar Ramasar. Phil Chan photo.