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Ballet Kelowna moves to a new home

Ballet Kelowna’s dancers and Simone Orlando at the new home on Leckie Road. Left to right: Heather Thomson, Kurt Werner, Desiree Bortolussi, Mark Dennis, Valentine Chou, Julie Pham, Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando.
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September 27, 2015 - 1:21 PM

KELOWNA - Ballet Kelowna is moving into a new home and the transition will be complete by early October.

Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando is thrilled about the new space and the endless possibilities that it will present for the future of Ballet Kelowna.

Orlando is eager to see the completion of the studio and facility and welcome community members to become a part of the growing organization.

“The new studio will be equipped with a state-of-the-art sprung dance floor which will provide an optimal environment for our professional dancers to train and rehearse,” said Orlando. “Our new facility will also serve as a movement centre for the community to engage in classes and events hosted by Ballet Kelowna.”

Since 2003, Ballet Kelowna has been housed at The Canadian School of Ballet. With the growth of both organizations, Ballet Kelowna will remain on Leckie Road just a few doors away from its original home.

The large studio at 2283 Leckie Road will allow Ballet Kelowna to offer private viewings of rehearsals, sneak previews of performances, unique dance training opportunities, and outreach programs.

Support from an anonymous donor jump-started the Company’s move into the new home. Ballet Kelowna will continue to fundraise to pay for equipment and improvements needed for the studio.

“This year we have incredible programs lined up and our new home will allow us to bring our performances to a new level,” said Orlando. “I believe this is a positive step for Ballet Kelowna and we look forward to welcoming our supporters and the community into our new home.”

Highlights of Ballet Kelowna’s 2015/16 Season include five world premieres by renowned Canadian choreographers Matjash Mrozewski, Heather Myers, Joshua Beamish, Simone Orlando, and Robert Binet, a special guest appearance by artists from The National Ballet of Canada, and an add-on performance of Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation presented by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

The 2015/16 Season will begin by capturing the magic and wonder of the holiday season with The Nutcracker, December 11-13, 2015. Presented by The Canadian School of Ballet, and featuring the artistry of Ballet Kelowna’s company of dancers, this magical adventure will captivate audiences of all ages, transporting them on an unforgettable journey.

Ballet Kelowna will then present its newest medley of vibrant dance in Boundless, February 5-6, 2016, a mixed repertory program bursting with the themes of youth and love.

Up next, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to Kelowna with its highly acclaimed production, Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, March 29-30, 2016, a deeply moving ballet that represents the many stories, both told and untold, by survivors of the Indian residential school system.

The season will close with the unveiling of a spectacular collaboration between Ballet Kelowna and Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music. Renaissance, April 29-30, 2016, is a mixed program inspired by early music, and will feature three world premieres and include a special guest appearance by rising stars from The National Ballet of Canada.

Season tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 250.862.2867 or in person at Kelowna Tickets in Orchard Park Shopping Centre, 2271 Harvey Avenue.

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