The Nutcracker Tour

Artistic Director, Tanya Vadurova, is pleased to announce: Mission Dance Company will be bringing their annual enchanting and beautiful performance of “The Nutcracker” on tour this year. This we will be Mission Dance Company’s first official production tour!

The Nutcracker” gifts our Holiday Season with memorable transformations believing in the magic of a dream! The larger than life, growing Christmas tree plus live narration will enhance this heart-warming experience. Come feel the joy of the season through dance and this age old, classic-tale as you follow young Clara through her extraordinary dream of adventure. Witness the exquisite Sugar-Plum Fairy, dancing reindeer, silly clowns and the exciting battle between the pestering mice and the Nutcracker Soldier’s devoted army.

Mission Dance makes this tradition child-friendly and an exciting display of the arts.

It is a high-quality, professional production that you do not want to miss!

 

Kelowna – Nov. 22th & 23th

Vernon – Dec. 16th

Penticton – Dec 18th

NIGHT AT THE CIVIC AWARDS

NIGHT AT THE CIVIC AWARDS

Congratulations to Annette Bakala who has received the Teen Honour in the Arts Award at the 44th Annual Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.

This is awarded to a youth who has made an outstanding contribution in Kelowna through cultural and/or artistic efforts.

The annual award ceremony recognizes volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders that made significant contributions to the city in 2018. The award recipients were revealed at the City & Community Awards Night on Wednesday, April 24th at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Sending our Dancer’s to Toronto

We sent our dancers to Toronto for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take master classes with some of the best teachers in Canada! Here’s a little sneak-peak into what our students and parent volunteers got to experience in Toronto.

DAY ONE: After a plane ride from Kelowna to Toronto the girls settled into their hotel rooms shortly after their arrival to the big, beautiful city. They then got to take their first master class, as well as perform for the faculty in one of Canada’s National Ballet School’s studios with Roberto Campanella, Artistic Director of ProArteDanza in Toronto. (Roberto Campanella pictured below)

DAY TWO: The next day, they all took a modern technique class, and performed their pieces at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre with core faculty member: Rosemary James. Afterwards, the girls got to take a trip to the well-known Shoe Room at the National Ballet School where some of them bought pointe shoes, bodysuits, and ballet shoes as well as receiving an NBS lanyard and pointe shoe bag courtesy of the Shoe Room. After a nice lunch at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, our students and parent volunteers, as well as Mission Dance Centre’s Artistic Director: Tanya Vadurova-Bakala, all took the subway over to Randolph Academy where our students were fortunate enough to take 2 classes with the faculty! First they had a jazzy start with a musical theatre workshop, followed by an excellent modern/contemporary class that all the girls loved. (Randolph Academy pictured below)

DAY THREE: Day three started with a fantastic and deluxe breakfast, along with every other morning we had staying at our beautiful hotel for the duration of the trip, but after that we packed up our flamenco shoes and  headed off to Toronto’s premier Flamenco company: Compania Carmen Romero to attend a workshop with the Artistic Director: Carmen Romero and to show her our own flamenco dances: Farucca and Toreador. Our next stop after a quick lunch was Centennial College’s Front and Dance Academy where our students had three master classes of ballet, contemporary, and jazz which were conducted by John Ottmann and Celestine Eagle, who we also performed all of our pieces for. Followed by this fun-packed evening, everyone got a free evening to explore Toronto, check out the Eaton Centre, or just relax in the comfortable hotel with their friends and our great parent volunteers.

DAY FOUR: On our last day of workshops and master classes there was a great day in store for the dancers. We got to spend the day at George Brown College/Canada’s Ballet Jorgen taking many classes like: ballet, pointe class, repertoire, and contemporary class with incredible master teacher and an ex National Ballet of Canada soloist Cindy MacedoAfter such a great day, it only got better when everyone on the trip had the pleasure of going to see The National Ballet of Canada’s performance “Apollo & Night & The Sea Above, The Sky Below & Paquita” at the Four Seasons Centre for the performing Arts. (Four Seasons Centre pictured left, George Brown College/Canada’s Ballet Jorgen pictured right)                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY FIVE: The week spent in Toronto was most definitely one to remember, and one that brought all of the students a once in a lifetime experience filled with so much culture and happiness, and even gave some students the chance to be spotted for summer intensives and full-year program recommendations by the master teachers we had the honour of being trained by as well as dancing for. Even though all of the dancers didn’t want to go back home quite yet they all had amazing experiences to bring home, and great lessons from the best teachers in all of Toronto. From the feedback from the dancers and our lovely volunteers who came on this trip and the praise it received, lets just say this won’t be the last time we do something like this! (Mission Dance Centre students Alexx Vo and Annette Bakala pictured below on the Toronto Transit Commission)

Yoga for Ballet Dancers

As a ballet dancer, you work very hard in the studio training certain muscles to do specific movements. This means that the targeted muscles will get sore and possibly affect your training. But now there’s a new class at MDC made for relaxing and training correct muscles! It’s for Jr. and Sr. Company dancers (typically ages 13 – 19 some exceptions may apply) and has been added to our Pre-Professional Program. We are calling it: STRETCH AND YOGA and it’s happening every Wednesday evening with Special Guests coming in to teach us stretching techniques! This class is a great way to unwind those tense muscles that seem to block your flexibility from progressing forward, and we will help you through each class while being mindful of YOUR limit. Each dancer will be in control of their progress with the help of our trained staff within this special class. Sign up now for our Pre-Professional Program or contact us at missiondancecentre@gmail.com, 250-764-2222.

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