TO THE POINTE - December 2016
Tickets Now On Sale!
 
A Candy Cane Christmas
Saturday December 17, 3:00-4:00pm
Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra at Johnson)

This festive performance showcases some of our Professional Training Program and Bridge Program students and the VAB Dance Theatre Company as they perform classic favorites and new contemporary works.

Tickets $10 at the VAB office. Don't delay - Sold out in 2015!

Proceeds go toward Esquimalt's Rainbow Kitchen

Generously sponsored by the CIBC Children's Foundation.


Holiday Closure

Last class for Foundational and General Programs is Saturday, December 10th, and for PTP/Bridge is Saturday, December 17th. 

The school reopens on Tuesday, January 3rd for all programs.
Gingerbread Tea - Thanks for Joining Us!

Over 150 parents joined 100 of our students from the Foundational and General Programs for the first ever Gingerbread Tea demonstration. Thank you for coming, supporting the VABSS and celebrating the hard work that your dancer has put into class since September.

Didn't get a chance to look at the goodies the VABSS had for sale? You've got one last chance this Saturday December 10 to stock up on stocking stuffers: VAB Christmas ornaments, VAB art cards, Slipstream Holiday Soaps and more!


All proceeds go towards the Victoria Academy of Ballet Scholarship Society - enabling young dancers to take class who may not otherwise be able to.


Snow Policy


Please note that VAB will follow school closures as announced by Victoria Public School District #61. 

If snow begins to fall during the day, an email will go out to families by 3:00PM if the studios will be closed due to weather. 

Stay warm!

Make up Monday

Monday December 12th is scheduled as an optional make up class.  This is intended for students from classes that fell on Thanksgiving Monday and therefore missed a lesson.

-Level 6/PTP 1 - 4:00-5:15pm
-Level 2 - 5:15-6:15pm



Not included in the Make up Classes:

-Primary A has been made up for in the Gingerbread Tea
-Jazz and Senior GP will be made up closer to festival time


Faculty Spotlight:
Get to know our hardworking faculty. 

This month: Andrew Pronger, Assistant Director/Principal

Full Name:  A ndrew Pronger

Trained in: Bundaberg Queensland (Australia), Cecchetti Syllabus - Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, Australian Ballet School - Diploma in Dance, Queensland University of Technology - Masters of Fine Arts (Dance) 

Career highlight:  My first lead role in a contemporary ballet was a major highlight, the ballet was titled "Savage Earth" choreographed by Pamela Buckman, it was an incredibly challenging role due to the intensity and physical complexities of the piece. It was performed in Queensland Ballet's International Gala, with many leading dancers performing from different companies, as a young dancer it was inspiring to view such talented artists and to be having a major role was an incredible bonus.            

Favorite dancer/choreographer/company: Steven McRae would be one of my favourite dancers, although not a tall man he exudes charm on stage which is complimented by his beautifully clean technique. My two favourite choreographers would have to be Crystal Pite (from Victoria originally) and Natalie Weir (From Australia/Expressions Dance Company). They are two female choreographers that have such intelligent choreography that touches the soul with depth that they are able to encompass in their storytelling. One of my favourite companies would be Dutch National Ballet. Every production they produce is of high calibre and so incredible to see their depth of talent within the company.

If I weren't a dance professional: I have always wanted to be in the theatre world from a very young age so it is hard to imagine another career path.  I have a great interest in photography so possibly photojournalist could have been a option.

Favourite post-class meal: 
I do love a good burger and salty fries but have to be selective how often I indulge in that :)

Why I teach: I have had so many incredible experiences in the theatre world and met so many beautiful artists, i would like to pass even just a snippet of these experiences on to the next generation of dancers to inspire them to achieve their dreams.

Best advice for up and coming dance professionals: Always stay positive as you never know when an opportunity will arise, it seems to happen in the most unexpected of times.  Also to have patience with what we do as becoming a dancer is a slow and very individual process.





VAB Important Dates

December 10, 2016 Last Day of Classes Before Break Foundational/General
December 12, 2016 Optional Thanksgiving Makeup Class Foundational/General
December 13, 14, 2016 Cecchetti Examinations
General/PTP/Bridge
December 17, 2016 Last Day of Classes Before Break PTP/Bridge
December 17, 2016
Candy Cane Christmas Performance PTP/Bridge

 
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