The mission of Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet is to remain true to classical ballet by teaching the clean technique of the Russian systems while exploring various choreography through modern and contemporary dance forms.
The developmental techniques and ideals outlined by Agrippina Vaganova almost a century ago continue to be widely used today and have produced the world’s most renowned dancers best recognized for their flawless technique and artistry – Ulanova, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Zakharova. In the words of our Artistic Director, Mr. David C. Beales, “the Vaganova method has a long tradition and is absolutely flawless and perfect in the development of technique and purity of line…” Mr. Beales’ passion for the Russian methods translates into his teaching and his vision for Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet.
Classical ballet, clean technique and contemporary choreography, and the overall development and well-being of the dancer are our primary focuses since opening the school in September, 2012.
Under the direction of Mr. Beales, who is the only instructor in Canada with certifications from both the Vaganova Ballet Academy Faculty and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, we offer a rare opportunity for students outside of Russia to study the ballet methods taught at the Bolshoi Academy and Vaganova Academy. We are proud of the exceptional calibre of training we provide to our dancers.
MAPLE LEAF SCHOOL OF RUSSIAN BALLET OFFERS THREE DISTINCT PROGRAMS:
1) Professional Program is geared for students 11 years and older wishing to pursue a possible professional career in dance. The purpose of this program is to provide the comprehensive development, technical training and dance knowledge necessary to be a professional dancer. This program uses the Bolshoi Academy Curriculum and follows the Vaganova method. The classical ballet classes are taught by our Artistic Director, Mr. David C. Beales.
2) Youth Dance Program is for students who would like to explore their love of dance through classical ballet training as well as through other styles of dance. Classes are for students ages 3 and up. We are the only dance school on Vancouver Island certified by the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB) to teach the Vaganova method syllabus and conduct examinations using the Vaganova technique. We also offer the Vocational Grades of the Royal Academy of Dance, Contemporary, and Character. Students have also the opportunity to participate of our two annual productions.
3) Adult Ballet Program is for students 19 years of age and up. Our Adult program is based on the Vaganova method but has been adapted for adults by our Artistic Director. We offer classes for beginners to more experienced dancers.