Quinte Ballet of Canada
Way back in the spring I was taking publicity photos of Quinte Ballet of Canada. Now as the school year approaches and the website is near completion, I thought it was a good time to post some images. I have to say this one of the most enjoyable assignments I have ever had. There will always be something special about hanging in the green room putting the make up on, stretching the muscles and getting ready for the show. And now it is a treat to watch it unfold from the other side….. A little back story on Quinte:
The Quinte Ballet School was started as a series of classes offered by National Ballet of Canada soloist, Brian Scott in 1972. The Quinte Ballet Guild was set up to facilitate the National Ballet’s presence in Belleville through classes and training. This project was so well received that Brian Scott was asked to become the Artistic Director of a new school that would be called the Quinte Dance Centre. Mr. Scott maintained his contacts with the National Ballet of Canada through friends he had with the National Ballet as well as through his own brother, David Scott who had become the Senior Ballet Master of the company. Over the years, David Scott travelled with his Ballet Mistress wife, Joanne Nisbet, to Belleville to assist with mounting ballets on the students of the school. Guest teachers from the company also made trips to Belleville to offer classes and a thrilling experience for students. In the past many years, several students of the Quinte Ballet School have gone on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada, among many other Canadian and International companies. Most recently, graduate Julie Hay danced the lead role in Toronto’s production of Dirty Dancing and graduate Riyo Mori who became Miss Universe 2007! The schools most recent acquisition is Artistic Director, John Ottmann who brings a new age of dance to the school. Ballet remains the basis, but new opportunities with new and emerging choreographers will also become a staple of life at Quinte Ballet School. The face of QBSC has been changing and evolving over the years, never more so than now when the school is entering a new era by offering classical as well as contemporary dance training to their students.