The Edmonton School of Ballet is located at 8205 – 90th Avenue on the 3rd Floor of Vimy Ridge Academy. Housed in the northwest corner of the building, it is accessible from the northwest and north central doors using the northwest stairwell. There is elevator access available for those requiring it. We have six studios, lounge area, offices and five dressing rooms on the third floor and two studios and a wardrobe room on the second floor. All our classes are held here as well as all Dress Rehearsals, exam selection days, exams and assessments.
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To provide each student with professional training which enhances their interest, talent and enthusiasm in reaching their fullest potential.
About the School
The Edmonton School of Ballet is the private business of Margaret Flynn, L.I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti Faculty). Mrs. Flynn founded the school in 1967 and is its Artistic Director. The School has been recognized for its excellence in training and guiding students towards a career in dance. Many graduates of the ESB have gone on to careers as professional dancers and teachers. Students in the Vimy Dance program who choose to add classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, musical theatre or flamenco may register through the Edmonton School of Ballet.
Margaret Perry (Flynn) began teaching ballet in the rural town of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. In 1967, she founded the Edmonton School of Ballet.
In a single rented studio, ballet classes were taught and students took Cecchetti Society exams in 1968. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus was taught in 1978 and in the early 1980’s, jazz was added to the school’s curriculum. Now training is also offered in Modern, Tap, Flamenco and Hip Hop, with opportunities to study Musical Theatre, Bollywood, and African Dance forms.
Senior students can increase their performing experience by auditioning to become members of one of the resident companies: the Edmonton Festival Ballet (EFB) (co-founded by Margaret Flynn) or the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers (ECD) (founded by Tina Covlin-Dewart).
The Edmonton School of Ballet provides professional piano accompaniment for ballet classes and quality recorded music. Its 8 studios have sprung wood floors with imported dance matting, barres, and mirrors. Five dressing rooms ensure privacy and locker space.
1995 became a turning point for the Edmonton School of Ballet. Margaret Flynn expanded the ESB’s Professional Program to become an alternative program with the Edmonton Public School Board. For those students who which their training to lead to a professional career, they enjoy the best of two worlds. The dancers focus on their love of dance and maintain an excellent academic education. With Junior High and High School integrated at Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton, the students pursue their dance and academic studies within a supportive community yet still mix socially with others of varied interests and abilities.
The Edmonton School of Ballet is a non-smoking facility and, because we are located in a Public School, there is no smoking allowed on the grounds of the school.
The school is equipped with 8 spacious studios all with sprung floors and specialized dance flooring (designed to prevent injury). Each studio has barres, stereo equipment, a piano and all studios are equipped with full mirrors. There are 5 large dressing rooms, a large and welcoming office, and a substantial lounge area for parents to wait and students to relax and eat.
**Please note that students may only eat in the lounge and not in the Dressing Rooms. The Edmonton School of Ballet Parents Committee has provided microwaves for the students’ convenience. A freezer is located in the lounge area for students to leave ice packs.
There is absolutely NO food or drink allowed in the dressing rooms or hallways. Please help to keep the dressing rooms tidy at all times by disposing of garbage in the appropriate containers. There is a “Lost and Found” box located outside the two dressing rooms between Studios 1 & 2. These are used for clothing, shoes, etc. Smaller items (watches, jewelry, etc.) are brought to the office. If you have lost anything, please check these boxes or the office. Any items left over 30 days are donated to a local charity. Lockers are located in the dressing rooms and one will be assigned to each student in the Vimy Dance program. Other lockers are available for the Edmonton School of Ballet Preparatory students and General Program students on a first come first served basis. Students are advised to keep their belongings locked at all times. The School cannot be held responsible for any losses or thefts that may occur. All lock combinations must be registered in the office. All locks must be removed prior to the end of June or locks may be cut-off.