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Playing on the Edge - The Incredibly Adventurous Impromptus of Robert Swerdlow

interview Sep 13, 2019
Photo (from left to right): Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Robert Swerdlow, Yawen

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

If you have ever had a live pianist accompany a ballet class, you are lucky. If your pianist was Robert Swerdlow, you would have been accompanied by a legend. Robert Swerdlow is a low-key, but highly successful pianist and a widely adored member of the artistic community.  Not only has he accompanied ballet and contemporary classes for 62 years (he is currently 82 and still plays without missing a note!) for legends including Martha Graham, José Limón and Merce Cunningham, but he has also written musicals, including Justine, which played off-Broadway. He is a composer, lyricist, producer, and director. AND I found out he was the inventor of the 4-track 16mm multi-lingual film projector!

A man of talent and ease in everything he attempts, Robert has lived a life...

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Ballet Is Beautiful - Danielle Clifford’s Secret to Everlasting Joy

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

Danielle Clifford is one-of-a-kind, no one can ever replace her.  Now 77, she still teaches multiple ballet classes on a weekly basis and still demonstrates each exercise full-out!  She turns and jumps, her brain is sharp, and she never fails to bring joy to everyone she encounters!

Along with Pam Rosa, over 30 years ago, in 1985, Danielle co-founded Harbour Dance Centre, a downtown Vancouver studio at the heart of the city’s dance scene. But before this, she had a long and successful career as a performer with ballet companies across Europe including touring as a principal dancer with the Grand Theatre de Nancy and as a soloist with the Nice Opera.  Over the past 10 years, Danielle has worked as ballet mistress at Anna Wyman Dance Company, and has been an adjudicator at competitions across British Columbia. 

The founder of...

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Michael Slobodian - Dance Through a Lens

interview Jul 13, 2019
Photo: ‘Walking Mad’ / Ballet BC / Dancers of Ballet BC
~ Interview by Danielle Lee-Hogervorst, Outreach Coordinator at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program

Michael Slobodian - a name well-known across the dance community as a highly skilled and sought-after dance photographer. Michael began his professional career in dance photography in 1984 and has since worked for companies worldwide including Nederlands Dans Theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Northwest Dance Project, Arts Umbrella, Kidd Pivot, Mascall Dance, Springboard Dans Montreal, Nacho Duato, RUBBERBANDance Group, Marie Chouinard, and TU Dance, to name a few.  

I have had the great privilege of working with Michael in one-on-one shoots, in the studio, and onstage at Arts Umbrella and Springboard.  On top of travelling across the world to photograph for companies, he has also made the time to do a shoot with Ballegro - our V3 design is inspired by, and uses, one of...

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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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Faire Bouger Le Monde: A Passion to Move (The World)

interview Apr 07, 2019

~ Interview by Lucas Batista, Marketing Associate at Ballegro Player

Ballegro Founder, Yawen,  has been a multi-terrain interdisciplinary artist and dance pianist for over 20 years. She has worked with major ballet companies and schools across Canada such as Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Harbour Dance Centre, École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Danse à la Carte, Les Studios at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.  She recognized the needs of the ballet teachers, and the challenges of not always having a ballet pianist on demand. To bridge the gap, Yawen created Ballegro - Your Smart Virtual Ballet Pianist Music App - for ballet studios, teachers and students, providing a one-stop tool when live pianists are a much harder option. 

In this interview, Yawen shares the secret that has been driving this creation behind the scene - her passion to move in space and to move...

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Progressing Ballet Technique: Beverley Bagg gives us an Introduction.

~ Interview by Ben Waters, Marketing Assistant at Ballegro Player, Dancer at Arts Umbrella’s Graduate Program

This week we had the pleasure to learn a little bit more about PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) with Beverley Bagg. PBT is a modern trend in the Dance World that progressively trains the muscle memory required to develop a strong Ballet Technique. 

This program was created by Marie Walton-Mahon, with the objective to develop a further Ballet Technique in her students and having them achieve their absolutely best. She began developing this technique through her 10-year-old students using stability balls. After 3 months, she noticed that the students were much more aware of their weight-placement, alignment, and posture; This inspired Marie to experiment more, and surely enough PBT became a world phenomena. Beverley Bagg is one of the pioneers of this technique in Canada, and we are incredibly excited to feature her in our blog today.

Beverley is an...

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Gentle, Mindful Movement: An Interview with Erica Trivett


Today, we interviewed Erica Trivett, Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® and Thesis Writer – Osteopathy Manual Practice, about the stretches she likes to do and why she thinks the Feldenkrais Method® is good for dancers.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

So, we are here at Harbour Dance Centre, and I am Erica Trivett. I am currently a Guild Certified Practitioner® of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® and Thesis Writer. I have had a career in dance for about 25 years. Actually, I am about to teach a class this morning.

What is the Feldenkrais Method®?

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on promoting self-awareness and discovering better ways of functioning in movement — which is done in a number of different ways exploring developmental movement.

Why did you study the Feldenkrais Method®?

I got introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® when I was a guest artist in Basel at the Basel Ballet....

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