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Ballet Kelowna’s Adult Ballet Program is back IN MOTION

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August 31, 2017 - 11:37 AM

KELOWNA, BC – From ballet technique basics, to jumps, pirouettes, and pointe work, Ballet Kelowna continues to offer classes to the public this fall through its IN MOTION program.  Introductory, beginner and intermediate level ballet classes begin mid-September.

Karen Perry, an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science at UBC Okanagan, has been taking classes since the program began in 2016. “You definitely get a good workout between the barre and centre work that help develop balance and strengthen your core, and the movement across the floor (almost actual dancing!) and the jumping help out your cardio-vascular system,” says Perry. “But much more important is that the classes are so much fun – way more fun and interesting than any other type of exercise I’ve tried.”

IN MOTION classes are taught by Ballet Kelowna’s professional dancers, while the Company’s state-of-the-art sprung dance floor, a must for the practice of ballet, sets the stage for dancers to perfect their technique.

If you are wondering who participates in the program, Perry provides the answer: “People in the classes are all shapes and sizes, ages (adults only) and abilities. There are even men who join in, although we could use more. No one feels out of place – people do what they are capable of and the instructors understand that. It’s a great place to make friends - there is a real camaraderie between the students. You get to know the people you usually dance with and share stories and laugh at what terrible ballerinas we are!”

Ballet Kelowna’s IN MOTION program is the culmination of Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando’s vision to build stronger roots in the community. “These classes continue the long lasting legacy of Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, co-founders of The Canadian School of Ballet (1938) and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1939) who traveled throughout the region giving dance classes,” says Orlando.  “This is an opportunity for former dance students and beginners to stay fit through the practice of ballet. By the end of the fall term, dancers will be moving gracefully across the floor.”
Classes occur weekday evenings and on Sundays and are reserved for adults 18 and older to a maximum of 25 students per class. Dancers can enrol in the entire 10-session term or purchase single-class or 10-class drop in cards through the Ballet Kelowna website at

For more information about Ballet Kelowna’s IN MOTION classes, contact Ballet Kelowna at 250-762-6105 or email


Founded in 2002, and under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO (AD/CEO) Simone Orlando since 2014, Ballet Kelowna brings excellent, inspiring and memorable dance to British Columbia and beyond.  The Company presents numerous styles of dance from Canada’s finest emerging and established choreographers, and embraces the precision and elegance of ballet technique to create original new works that captivate and engage today’s diverse audiences.

Serving as the only professional dance company in BC’s Interior, Ballet Kelowna is committed to its role as a leader in the region through encouraging, promoting, and developing Canadian dancers and choreographers.  The Company performs annually for over 10,000 audience members in Kelowna and on tour, while also providing unique dance training opportunities and outreach programs.

AD/CEO Simone Orlando is an award-winning choreographer and former dancer with Ballet BC and The National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Orlando is actively leading Ballet Kelowna in collaborations with other community organizations, to educate and cultivate new dance audiences, and to enhance the impact of performances and programs.

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