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Spotlight on Ballegro Partner - Harbour Dance Centre

community news partners Jun 30, 2019

Voted Best Dance Studio in Vancouver, Canada

Established in 1985 by original partners Pamela Quick-Rosa and Danielle Clifford, Harbour Dance Centre has evolved from a humble basement studio in a home in North Vancouver into one of the major hubs of Vancouver's dance scene, voted the Best Dance Studio in Vancouver by The Georgia Straight for numerous years.  Danielle still to this day teaches with the energy of a child. Her words of wisdom brighten everyone’s day as soon as she walks in. “Life is beautiful. Ballet is beautiful.'' If you ever get to meet these ladies, you’ll see why it is a labour of love.

Danielle toured throughout Europe as a principal dancer with the Grand Theatre de Nancy and as a soloist with the Nice Opera during the 50's and 60's. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 1970, she opened the Ballet Studio in North Vancouver. Over the past ten years, Danielle has worked as ballet mistress at Anna Wyman Dance Company, completed the teacher...

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Stretch and Strength in Ballet - Suzanne Ouellette Explains

~ Interview by Lucas Batista, Marketing Associate at Ballegro Player


Suzanne, originally from Vancouver,  trained and danced with some of the world's finest ballet companies. From Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, London England’s Dance Centre to the Pacific Ballet Theatre, and being Ballet Mistress at Ballet BC for 5 years to being the founding director of Ballet BC’s Mentor Program under Artistic Director John Alleyne, Suzanne has done it all. She has worked as a rehearsal director for James Kudelka, Paul Taylor, Jean Grand Maitre, Reid Anderson, Anna Marie Holmes, Simone Orlando, Joshua Beamish and Jennifer Mascall.

Suzanne has also performed as a lead dancer, singer and actress in professional musicals with the Vancouver Playhouse, Calgary’s Stage West’s Nunsense, and several productions for TUTS, MUSSOC and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. She has guest taught and adjudicated...

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Ballegro Featured as a Prize in Dance Festivals Across Canada

community news Mar 27, 2019

~ Written by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program; and Lucas Batista, Marketing Associate at Ballegro.


Having just recently launched Version 3 of our app on our website, one of our most important tasks lately has been to share Ballegro with the world!  AND with dance competition season heading into full swing, what better way to do this than to get involved with these festivals!  We have contacted many competitions that tour across Canada in order to reach out and let our dance audiences know that we are here to help them out!

Ballegro Player is music streaming app that recreates the experience of having a Live Pianist. It features an ever-expanding Ballet Music Library with a unique Music Player; it lets you adjust the tempo and helps dance teachers or any dancer to practice in the tempo that they need.  Moreover, you can upload your own music, and play your personal music...

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Do We Need to Update Our Approach to Ballet Technique?

~ Written by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program


I took my first ballet class at 2.5 years old - a mother-daughter class - and have never stopped since.  Currently training at Arts Umbrella in their Graduate Program, I partake in the study of ballet 6 days a week. It is a never-ending practise.  One where you are constantly striving to be better than you were yesterday. One where you feel like you have gotten progressively worse since last week, but you nevertheless continue to show up everyday to persevere and challenge yourself, because you have a vision of what you can and hope to achieve.  One where you discover something new about your body, mind, relationship to others in space and time everyday.

 But is this practise and strife for consistency and possibly perfection giving us, as aspiring and professional dancers, everything we need to succeed in the 21st century dance world?...

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5 Things that make you a Dance Mom

community May 13, 2018

Mama, I love you
Mama, I care
Mama, I love you
Mama, my friend
You're my friend

Mama is a song by the British girl group the Spice Girls.

On Sunday, 13th of May, we are celebrating our amazing moms. They wash your clothes, cook your food and look after you when you need them. But what makes your mom a dance mom?

These 5 things will show if your mom is a dance mom or even if YOU are one of them.

    1. You know how to do the perfect ballet bun and have bobby pins all over your house. Sometimes, you even find them in the corners of your couch.


    2. It all started with one visit at the dance studio, and now, it is your second home. You know everyone at the dance studio and even take dance classes yourself now. To be a good example, you even think of belly button, point your toes and straight your leg in a good, rotated, turned-out first position.

    3. Also, when you see your child nail the choreography you burst out with a big ‘YEAH!’ and want to run in the room to cheer them. 



    4. All...
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