MR. DAVID C. BEALES, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF MAPLE LEAF SCHOOL OF RUSSIAN BALLET, Bolshoi Ballet Academy TCP, Society of Russian Ballet Advanced, ARAD
Mr. David C. Beales is a teacher of classical ballet specializing in the Russian ballet methods. He is internationally renowned and respected for his expertise in the Vaganova technique and method, and the Bolshoi Academy teaching method. His students are accepted into and participated in prestigious international programs such as the Open World Dance Foundation Intensives in NYC and Riga, Latvia, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensives in NYC, and many others. Since 2007, he has taught numerous master classes, workshops, and seminars throughout British Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and the United States.
Mr. Beales is currently one of only seven certified dance teachers in Canada qualified to teach the Vaganova method.
He is the only teacher in Canada with both Vaganova Ballet Academy Faculty and Bolshoi Ballet Academy credentials.
He is an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet (SRB) and is fully qualified to teach the SRB Examination Syllabus.
During the course of obtaining his numerous teaching credentials, Mr. Beales had the rare occasion to study with Prof. Ludmila Safronova (Vaganova Ballet Academy), one of the last remaining student to have been taught directly by Mme. Vaganova herself. Some of Mr. Beales’ other teachers include Prof. Xu Ding Zhong (Beijing Academy of Dance), Prof. Ludmilla Kolenchenko (Bolshoi Ballet Academy), Prof. Ludmilla Kovalenko (Bolshoi Ballet Academy), Prof. Natalya Revich (Bolshoi Ballet Academy), and many others.
Mr. Beales started dancing at the age of six and trained professionally with well recognized ballet teachers. Upon graduation from the Goh Ballet Academy, he danced professionally for many years, performing throughout western Canada, as well as in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, China. Mr. Beales has had the opportunity to work with numerous highly-respected dance figures, including Anna-Marie Holmes (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), Yao Zhu Ping (National Ballet of China), Jian Nian Chen (Shanghai Academy of Dance and Beijing Academy of Dance), Maina Geilgud (English National Ballet, Australian Ballet), and Goh Choo Chiat.
In 2012, a shift in Mr. Beales’ personal situation directed his attention from dancing to founding Maple Leaf School of Russian Ballet. With exacting attention to developing the professional program, his intent was to provide aspiring dancers a unique environment to study the Russian methods of ballet outside of Russia so that they too may realize a career with a professional dance company. His vision, his expertise and on-going dedication to classical ballet and dance, and his commitment to his students, make the School an exceptional place for students to benefit from Mr. Beales' experience and knowledge and fully develop their potential as future professional dancers.