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The last dance for Kelowna Ballet founding artistic director

Neville Bowman (piano) on the right - the composer for the ballet Redux Continuum created by Artistic Director David LaHay as his last choreographic gift to Ballet Kelowna, set to the music commissioned for the piece by local jazz composer-performer Neville Bowman. At left is bassist Bernie Addington, to Neville’s left is Craig Thomson on sax, and partially seen in the background is Martin Lord on drums. The dancers are Clare Bassett and Kurt Werner.
Image Credit: Glenna Turnbull Photography

KELOWNA – The hunt is on to fill the slippers of the man who brought ballet to the Okanagan.

Ballet Kelowna founding artistic director David LaHay has choreographed his last dance for the company.

The last show of the season, Innovation, has finished touring and now the board will be looking for his replacement.

Before LaHay had a chance to leap off the stage and into the wings, the dancers surprised him at the last show of the season with a routine they choreographed in his honour — set to Michael Buble’s Save the Last Dance for Me.

As well, Ballet Kelowna’s photographer Glenna Turnbull revealed a slideshow about LaHay’s legacy to the dance world.

The show wrapped with LaHay’s ballet Redux Continuum. Neville Bowman, who composed the music for the dance, played live for the performance.

Credit: Glenna Turnbull

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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