Chris Larsen, R.A.D P.D.T.D R.T.S
Dance Instructor, Assistant Ballet Director
Ballet, Tap, Contemporary
Dance Education: Graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada, Exchange student with Royal Danish Ballet’s Apprentice Program, Competed the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma
Professional: Apprentice with National Ballet of Canada, Dancer with Ballett-Art Francois Klaus (Switzerland), Coryphee Dancer with Hong Kong Ballet, Solist Dancer with The Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK)
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I get to share something that I was so passionate about and was my whole world for so long. Ballet has always been so special to me: the physicality, the feeling of losing oneself in something, the artistic challenges, having the feeling of the music flowing through your body and inspiring your movement. It means so much to be able to pass on my knowledge, experience and love of ballet and hopefully inspire my students
Chris is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and a highly qualified professional with over 15 years of experience in international ballet companies around the world. Working for the National Ballet of Canada, Ballett-Art François Klaus, Hong Kong Ballet, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) in a variety of contexts, Chris climbed the ladder from apprentice to soloist dancer. Dancing a large range of roles spanning from corps de ballet through to principle parts, he was given a multitude of opportunities to dance many of the great classics as well as being a part of the choreographic process of many new works. Through extensive work with BRB’s Education Department and working on a number of projects in the role of leader, Chris became motivated to further develop skills and knowledge in teaching dance. Chris was also a leader in Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo!, a collaboration between BRB, Youth At Risk, Channel 4 and four local authorities in the West Midlands, UK. Responsibilities included teaching dance, rehearsing and general support for the individuals involved in the project. Chris has his Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
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Studio Director, Dance Instructor
Demi fell in love with dance at the age of 4 and has been dancing ever since.
Desiree Bortolussi is a graduate of the Canadian School of Ballet and has been a dancer with Ballet Kelowna since 2013.
Keza has always had a love for dance and performance. Alongside her Polynesian heritage, she has been immersed in cultural dance since she was a toddler.
Rachel started her dance journey with Creators at the age of 5. Through the years she has trained in the RAD syllabus (Royal Academy of Dancing) and was a part of the competitive program.
Anna Vajda joined Creator’s Arts Centre when she was seven years old, and has had a love of dance ever since. She completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Ballet, as well as her Discover Dance certification for Early Childhood Dance Education.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Kylie started dancing at age 3 and immediately fell in love. She was a student here at Creator’s Arts Centre for 11 years where she took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and acro.
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8 years a student at CAC studying R.A.D ballet, jazz and modern. Further training with Steven Wynn at Dance Ad Deum in Texas, Bill Wade at Inlet Dance Theatre in Ohio, and Rob Kitsos, Megan Walker-Straight, Marla Eist and Judith Gary at the Simon Fraser University Contemporary Dance Program in Vancouver. Acrobatique certification achieved.
Ashley Rabinovitch has attended summer intensives at Canada’s National Ballet School, École Supérieure de Ballet du Quebec, Arts Umbrella, Joffrey Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Ashley was also the soloist for Team Canada in 2017 where she competed in Reisa Germany.