This time Ottawa was the centre of our ballet student’s thoughts and excitement as they were anxiously waiting for the presentation of La Bayadere by the Mariinski Theatre.

A trip to Ottawa to enjoy what they love best, with special backstage access after a mesmerizing performance, pictures with some of the dancers, skating on the Rideau Canal and a comfortable stay at the Marriot Hotel, was all part of this unforgettable experience.

And the joy didn’t end there; once back in Toronto our students were invited and attended a rehearsal of The Swan Lake ballet, performed by the Mariinsky (Kirov) company at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Also, thanks to a special request put forward by the Academy, our students were allowed to attend a unique ballet class.

Everybody at the Academy is very proud this opportunity was granted to our students, which undoubtedly has given them a deeper understanding of the world of professional ballet. There is no better way to “touch and feel” what ballet really means than attending a class with the dancers of one of the world’s most famous ballet companies.

Knowing how important experiences such as this one are for the artistic development of our students, Victoria Ballet Academy (International Ballet Academy of Canada) will always work hard to create such opportunities and provide our students with the tools necessary to achieve excellence.