Mission Dance Centre & Company enters its 19th year in the Okanagan as one of the best ballet and dance schools in the region. With a focus on the pre-professional ballet classes and other essential dance styles, the centre continues to grow and develop as a premier ballet school in Kelowna. Artistic Director Tanya Vadurova-Bakala leads the dance programs and curriculum as well as directing the annual ballet productions for the young dancers. Through her dedication and her staff’s excellent instruction many of the school’s young dancers have gone on to careers at the national level.
The ballet school and dance centre offers a wide range of dance classes from fun recreational dance programs to high performance ballet classes for dedicated ballet dancers. The Adult Ballet classes are also popular for anyone that desires a weekly opportunity to fuel their passion for dance.
The focus of Mission Dance Centre’s instruction for ballet classes is on two areas of development. The first is technical skills and developing excellent artistry. This is a staple at MDC since it helps any aspiring ballerina move forward on their journey through the professional world of dance. The second emphasis in this school is on health and wellness in our “Dancer’s Life Course”. Dancer’s are intensively trained athletes that require a level of fitness equal to any sport, and extra to support the amount of artistry that goes into the profession. This program provides crucial information on nutrition, diet, and mental health to help manage the pressures of being a young athlete and performing artist.
For our Pre-Dance program, children as young as 3 can start in this class for those who just love to dance. As our dancer’s progress up through our Apprentice and Novice ballet classes they learn choreography and performance skills that appear in performances for the Pre-Professional Program, such as “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”.