Master Classes

We offer Master Classes with wonderful dancers – coming up we have a class with North American Independent Choreographer Bruce Wells. 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 Class with Bruce Wells

Sunday, Feb 25 | The Dance Centre | 677 Davie St

9-10:30am Birmingham Studio
$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.

Bruce Wells is an internationally known choreographer, who began his dance career with the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. His ballets appear in the repertoire of Ballet Omaha, Carolina Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Grand Rapids Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. Wells has taught on the faculties of Boston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 1988, he was a faculty member of The School at Jacob’s Pillow for the Teachers Workshop, and in 1989 for International Ballet Project. His works have also appeared on the stages of Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

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:

MOVETHECOMPANY’s Joshua Beamish & Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Sean Aaron Carmon – September 2017

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