Master Classes

We offer Master Classes with wonderful dancers – coming up we have classes with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Sean Aaron Carmon, MOVETHECOMPANY’s Joshua Beamish and Inverso’s Lesley Telford. Classes are scheduled as dancers come to town or return from touring and cost $25 for VBS members, and $30 for non-members (tax included).

“I was very privileged to be exposed to the Vancouver Ballet Society Master Classes, which allowed me to learn from teachers from around the world. The enthusiasm and care the Society showed me was very encouraging. I am now working with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, touring and performing around the world, and I thank Vancouver Ballet Society for helping me further my career in dance and reach my goals.”

Celine Gittens, VBS Alumni, Principal Dancer, Royal Birmingham Ballet

Master Classes with Joshua Beamish & Sean Aaron Carmon

Sunday, Sept 17 | The Dance Centre | 677 Davie St

Intermediate Classes
9:30-11am Ballet with Beamish – Birmingham Studio
11:15-12:30pm Contemporary with Carmon – Faris Studio

Advanced Classes
9:30-10:45am Contemporary with Carmon – Faris Studio
11-12:30pm Ballet with Beamish – Birmingham Studio

All Levels
12:45-2pm Contemporary with Beamish – Faris Studio

$25 one class/$45 two classes/$65 three classes VBS Members
$30 one class/$55 two classes/$85 three classes Non-Members

Limited viewing available, no photos. Pre-registration is required; fill out the online form or call us at 604-681-1525.

Joshua Beamish, Artistic Director of MOVETHECOMPANY, began dancing under the direction of his mother Loretta Lachner in Edmonton, Alberta and continued his training in Kelowna, BC. Outside of MOVETHECOMPANY, his works have recently been performed by Toronto Dance Theatre, Sylvain Brochu, Halifax Dance, Ballet Kelowna, Dance Saskatchewan, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Ballet Jorgen, the Bellingham Repertory Company and Wylliams/ Henry Contemporary Dance in Kansas City. He is the recipient of a 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, a 2008 Globe and Mail Dance Award and of artistic residencies at the Dance Centre, Drive Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Centre, the Sunshine Coast Dance Society, the University of Alberta, the Norman Rothstein and Clarke Theatres, Odyssey Dance Theatre in Singapore, the Djerassi Program in San Franciso and the Banff Centre.

Sean Aaron Carmon (Beaumont, TX) attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance in 2010. As a college senior he was a member of Elisa Monte Dance and subsequently originated the role of Phaedra in the 2010 Tony Award–winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles. Mr. Carmon also performed in the longest-running musical on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared as a guest artist with the International Dance Association in Italy and with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa. As a choreographer and jazz teacher, he has taught at and set works, both original and as arépétiteur, on numerous high schools, colleges, and for the Youth America Grand Prix competition. Mr. Carmon joined the Company in 2011.

 Master Class with Lesley Telford

Sunday, Oct 29 | The Dance Centre | 677 Davie St

9-11am Kraul Studio
9-9:30am Warm up
9:30-11am Jiří Kylián Repertoire

$25 VBS Members/$30 Non-Members

Limited viewing available, no photos. Pre-registration is required; fill out the online form or call us at 604-681-1525.

Lesley Telford is presently based in Vancouver, Canada as choreographer and director of Inverso Productions as well as directing the Performance Research Project (PReP) at Arts Umbrella’s Professional Dance Program. PReP is geared towards research and development for the emerging artist and Inverso Productions is performance-based.

As a choreographer, she has created for Ballet BC, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 (US), CompañiaNacional de Danza 2 (Spain), Ballet Vorpommern (Germany), International Project for Dance in Rome- DAF (Italy), Butler Ballet (US), University of Utah (US) and Arts Umbrella Dance Company. She won the Pretty Creatives choreographic competition at Northwest Dance Project in 2014. Her work has been presented in the CaDance Festival and Korzo Theatre in the Netherlands, International Festival Madrid en Danza and the Reina Sophia Museum in Spain, Chutzpah Festival, the Banff Festival of the Arts, The Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival and the Schmiede Festival. She is the founder of Inverso Productions, a platform for interdisciplinary performance, through which she produced and choreographed a full-length work: Brittle Failure which has been a part of tours and festivals in Spain, the Netherlands and Canada.

As a teacher, she has given workshops and classes internationally in many companies and schools such as Ballet BC, Spring Seminar Vancouver, Prague International Contemporary Dance Intensive, Danscentrum Gothenburg, Madrid Conservatory of Dance, NDT Summer Intensive and NDT educational projects. She teaches classes of repertoire, ballet, contemporary, movement exploration and improvisation/composition.

Past Classes Include:

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Céline Gittens & Kit Holder – July 2017

Kelowna Ballet’s Simone Orlando – April 2017

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s André Lewis – December 2016

MOVETHECOMPANY’s Joshua Beamish – January 2016

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Céline Gittens – July 2015

San Francisco Ballet’s Frances Chung – April 2015

Kidd Pivot’s Crystal Pite – Feb 2014


The National Ballet of Cuba, Evelyn Hart, Jamie Vargas,  Gelsey Kirkland, Wen Wei, Anna Marie Holmes, Bruce Wells and Rex Harrington