Ballet BC

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Ballet BC is a contemporary ballet company located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ballet BC
A modern theatre building in off-white concrete, glass facade for the first three storeys
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, home of Ballet BC
General information
NameBallet BC
Previous namesBallet British Columbia
  • Pacific Ballet Theatre
  • Ballet Horizons[1]
Year founded1986
Artistic DirectorEmily Molnar
LocationVancouver, BC
Principal venueQueen Elizabeth Theatre
Senior staff
Chief ExecutiveJohn Clark[2]
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorEmily Molnar


Ballet BC was founded as Ballet British Columbia by Jean Orr, David Y. H. Lui[3] and Sheila Begg in 1986, with Annette av Paul as first Artistic Director. The company adopted its current name after financial problems and a restructuring in 2009.[1][4]

Artistic direction passed to Reid Anderson, Patricia Neary and Barry Ingham and in 1992 to John Alleyne, who introduced a program with original choreography including his The Faerie Queen[5] in 2000 and dances by other Canadian choreographers. Alleyne was followed by Emily Molnar after the reorganisation in 2009. Molnar was followed by Medhi Walerski in 2020.[1]

As of April 2015, the company is the only professional ballet company in British Columbia.[1] It is based in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.[6]


Ballet BC presents a repertoire of contemporary ballet.[7]

The company opened the 2015 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, presenting three dances each by a different choreographer, including Twenty Eight Thousand Waves by their own resident choreographer Cayetano Soto.[8] The company travelled on their 30th anniversary tour in late 2015 and 2016.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Strate, Grant; Forzle, Richard (4 March 2015). "Ballet British Columbia". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Team". Ballet BC. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ Lederman, Marsha (30 September 2011). "David Lui: The man with the flowing cape brought ballet to life in B.C." The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Archived from the original on 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Ballet British Columbia optimistic despite financial woes". CBC News. Archived from the original on 16 November 2015.
  5. ^ Stuart, Lena Marie (25 October 2002). "Ballet British Columbia - The Faerie Queen". Selected reviews. Archived from the original on 6 March 2003.
  6. ^ "Contact us". Ballet BC. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Vision". Ballet BC. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015.
  8. ^ Ross, Ken (27 June 2015). "Dance Review: Ballet BC jolts Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival back to life". Masslive. Springfield, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on 8 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Ballet BC: 30th Anniversary Tour". Banff Centre.

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