For the love of Ballet

Monday Magazine's dance aficionado Monique Salez talks to KerryLynn, Bridge Program Director with Victoria Academy of Ballet.

Have you seen them yet? The tightly bundled spring buds that are just now shedding their protective layer? My Monday was full of them out in nature and in a dance studio above a small food mart on Johnson Street.

When asked why she loves working with post-secondary dancers KerryLynn, Bridge Program Director at Victoria Academy of Ballet (VAB) offers, “at this age of 18 to 22 each person is on the cusp of really starting to get it, to make the connections, like a lightbulb flickering” and with an eye to each individual’s unique needs “I get to witness that lightbulb turn on, it is like a hallelujah moment that is very gratifying.”

A rehearsal class with students from both years of the post-secondary Bridge Program – a full time diploma program in Classical Ballet – and a few of VAB’s Dance Theatre Company finds dancers reviewing a contemporary ballet, Evening Solace.

With an eye to personal nuance and finding the relationship between controlling and letting the body go, students from Japan, Mexico, Australia, the UK and Canada move throughout a studio that is quiet save for KerryLynn’s generous instruction.

A former ballerina with Ballet BC who at one point tried to quit dance for a “normal life” but missed the sounds and even the smells —“except for the shoes”— of the studio, KerryLynn admits “I think I would die if it didn’t dance.”

Whether experienced as “an expression of self and emotion that is pure”, (Jianna, Dawson Creek) or simply “a good conversation” (Adrian De Leeuw, Australia) these student dancers strive to embody the collective yet unique attributes of today’s expanding ballet marketplace where individuality has a seat at the table.

 

For their final piece the dancers shared Spring by Alysa Pires. Boys and girls wore full green skirts and swept into a field playing, planting, wet foot walking — their hands articulated and alive — they joyfully personified fresh, wound, green spring buds about to burst and sticky with potential. I felt lifted by their spirited dance and invited to come out of my hibernation, blink into the warming sun and welcome the return of spring.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way

View Chantal Gibson’s recent show on the web, hear Indigenous stories on Instagram starting Sunday

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Netflix reducing video quality in Canada to lower Internet bandwidth use

Bell Media is also planning traffic measures affecting the Crave streaming service

Will the show go on? B.C. music festivals consider options for 2020

Summer events running out of time to stay on schedule, in wake of COVID-19 uncertainties

Most Read