Ballet Kelowna dance and fitness combination

In Motion dance classes to teach basics of ballet dancing by using Pilates exercises.

Ballet Kelowna dancer Mark Dennis will teach adult beginner ballet classes and Pilates mat classes as part of Ballet Kelowna’s new public class program In Motion.

Ballet Kelowna is making local dance and fitness enthusiasts’ dreams come true by offering adult beginner ballet classes as well as Pilates mat classes in their new studio.

Taught by professional ballet dancer and company member Mark Dennis, who is also a Pilates instructor, participants will improve overall physical fitness through learning the basics of ballet and through Pilates exercises.

Ballet Kelowna recently moved into a new facility and installed a state-of-the-art sprung dance floor, which is essential to the practice of ballet and other forms of dance. The studio will be open on evenings and weekends to offer programs for the benefit of the community.

In Motion is the first such program to address Ballet Kelowna artistic director and CEO Simone Orlando’s vision to build stronger roots in the community while continuing to tour across Western Canada.

“Now that we are situated in our new home, we are excited to invite the public to partake in the type of training that our professional dancers do on a daily basis,” said Orlando. “Ballet and Pilates are a dynamic pairing and a stimulating alternative to the gym.”

Ballet Kelowna’s In Motion classes and workshops 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. This is an opportunity for former dance students and beginners to stay fit through the practice of ballet.

“Each 90-minute beginner ballet class will provide a sound foundation of strength and stretch through Pilates mat exercises to warm up the dancers,” said Dennis. “Then we will explore ballet steps at the barre, which will work on balance and coordination.  By the end of the winter term, dancers will be moving gracefully across the floor and exude confidence in every step they take through their improved posture and physical condition.”

For those that just want to focus on Pilates, 60-minute mat classes will be offered on Saturday mornings beginning in the new year.

Ballet Kelowna will be offering a free introductory adult beginner ballet class on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 6 to  7:30 p.m., and a free introductory Pilates mat class on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m.  All classes take place at Ballet Kelowna’s new studio, 2283 Leckie Rd.

Enrolment in the classes is limited. To sign-up for the free introductory classes or to enroll in the winter term, email info@balletkelowna.ca.

For more information about Ballet Kelowna’s new In Motion classes, visit www.balletkelowna.ca.

 

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