summer danceThe Edmonton School of Ballet ‘Summer Dance Intensive’ is a fun and educational dance camp that runs intensively for 2 weeks each summer. Classes include ballet, variations/repertoire, jazz, and modern, among others. At the end of each camp, there is a costumed, theatre performance demonstrating the culmination of the 2 weeks’ work.

It is imperative that dancers continue some intensive training during the summer months. We recommend the ESB Summer Dance Intensive as it has a carefully developed curriculum to best enhance our students’ development. Other summer dance programs may be approved by the Artistic Director. Such requests should be made in writing prior to the end of the school year. Upon approval, students may attend another summer dance program and take only a partial program in the ESB Intensive Summer Dance Camp. Without summer classes, it takes a dancer several months to regain the strength and technique lost over the summer. Students in the ESB Preparatory Program, in the Vimy Ridge Academy Dance Program and those recreational students at similar levels (ie: Jr. 4 and up) who do not attend the Summer Dance Intensive may not progress to the next level in the fall. Fees for the ‘Summer Dance Intensive’ are extra.

For details about the Summer Dance Intensive, contact us.

ESB Summer Dance Intensive 2018 – Tuesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 18, 2017 (at ESB)

2018 guest instructors include:

Michele Di Molfetta – Ballet

Mr. Di Molfetta trained in Turin under the tutorship of Carla Parmeggiani, Arpad Kovacs.  He began his career as a professional dancer in 1988 in the Teatro del Teatro di Torino directed by L.Furno where he danced in classical repertoire ballets alongside names such as: R.Nureyev, E. Desutter, O.Dorella.

In 1989 he joined the Compagnia del Teatro Regio in Turin, dancing choreography of H: Van Manen, F.Bujones, J.Charrat, M.Petipa, F.Ashton, F.Monteverde, O.Araiz, J.Russillo, R. North and others, also playing roles as soloist and first dancer alongside Etoiles such as, N. Pontois, L. Hilaire, F.Clerc, I. Guerin, M.Legris, D.Ganio, J.Bocca, F. Bujones.

In 1993 he worked with the Grand Theater de Bordeaux and from 1994 he worked with several Italian companies including the Italian Ballet Company under the direction of C. Fracci and Aterballetto under the direction of A.Amodio.

In the 1995-1996 season he worked at Gothenburg Ballet (Sweden) directed by Robert North and in the Teatro Nuovo Theater of Turin where he danced choreography by N.Duato, R. North, L. Kemp.

1999 to 2001 he continued his career with the Scottish Ballet, under the direction of R.North, also dancing as a soloist choreography by R.North, R.Cohan, M. Balcan, P. Darrell alongside S.Fournial, A.Cooper, R.Calderini.

Since 2001 Mr. Di Molfetta has been the Director of the Danzarteatro school. He holds his Diploma with the Cecchetti Faculty & Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 of the Modern Theater of the Imperial Society of London with honors.

In recent years he has attended refresher courses for teachers taught by: Susan Brooker (Hartford Dance School), Bella Ratchinskaya (Vaganova Academy, Scala di Milano), Gillian Hurst, Linda Pillkington, Victoria Chappell (ISTD Examiner), Anita Young (Royal Ballet School).

He is a guest teacher in national and international schools and a permanent guest lecturer for the pre-professional courses at the Ateneo Danza di Forlì for which he has created several choreographies including Taratatà winner of the 1st prize at the YAGP International Competition in New York in March 2010.

Jacq Smith – Contemporary/Jazz

Movement and performance have been integral parts of Jacq’s life since the age of 4. She grew up with the Edmonton School of Ballet’s professional program, and has studied across Canada, embracing numerous styles of dance throughout her life. Jacq has trained independently in voice, acting, circus and many other artistic disciplines, and is consistently expanding her repertoire in the performing arts. She recently studied with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, participating in The Creative Gesture, a dance and choreography residency.

Jacq has performed throughout North America alongside companies such as the Alberta Ballet, Gateway Theatre, and 49th Parallel Dance Company. Select performance credits include Workspace III (the response.), Pointe Soloist for Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions), The Lady M (Bard Lab/Bard on The Beach), Dance Captain for Anything Goes (RCMT), and the award-winning production of Crazy For You (Gateway).

As a dance educator and choreographer, Jacq has worked across Canada on both large and small scale productions and shares her love of dance with everyone she encounters. Select choreography credits include SEASONS (Magical Musical Prod.), Cabaret (Assistant Choreographer – RCMT), Guest Choreographer for Honey Dance Company (Harbour Dance Centre), West Side Story (Assistant Choreographer – TUTS), and Brilliant (St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation).  She lives to create lines on the body and tell stories through her work. &

Kate Stashko – Pilates/Ceontemporary

Kate Stashko is performer, choreographer, dance educator and writer based in Edmonton. After studying ballet at the University of Calgary/School of Alberta Ballet, she graduated from the Professional Training Program in contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also studied with various artists at Impulstanz, Vienna International Dance Festival.Kate has trained and worked across Canada and Europe with artists including with Peggy Baker, Helen Husak, Sasha Ivanochko, Mile Zero Dance, Melina Stinson, Heidi Strauss and the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy.She has presented her own work in Montréal, Toronto and Alberta. Kate teaches at the University of Alberta and she is involved in the community as a mentor and outside eye to peers and younger artists. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and a writer for The Dance Current and Dance International magazines.


2016 and 2017 guest instructors included:

Vanessa Lawson

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Lawson began her training with the Edmonton School of Ballet. She left home at the age of 16 to further her studies at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division where she graduated with distinction in 1996. Lawson was hired into the Company as an apprentice, became a principal dancer in 2005, and Ballet Master in 2013.

Lawson’s repertoire includes Giselle in Sir Peter Wright’s staging of Giselle, Juliet in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette/Odile in Galina Yardonova’s staging of Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clara in The Nutcracker, Lucy and Mina in Mark Godden’s Dracula, Pamina in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Cours D’Amour in Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmina Burana and the lead role of Nancy in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story. She has also performed Peter Quanz’s Luminous, Jiri Kylian’s Nuage, Anthony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading, Rudi van Dantzig’s Four Last Songs, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, and the lead in Balanchine ballets such as The Four Temperaments, Serenade and Concerto Barocco. Created roles include Tinker Bell in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, Destiny in Mauricio Wainrot’s Carmen, The Passion, and Natalie in Jorden Morris’s box-office hit Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. Other repertoire includes ballets by Peter Quanz, Jiri Kylian, Toer van Schayk, Agnes de Mille and Itzik Galili.

As a founding member of Q Dance, Lawson was selected by choreographer Peter Quanz to perform his new piece In Tandem at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York City and at the 2010 Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa. Lawson has also appeared as a guest artist internationally, performing in galas with the Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City, the Benios De La Danse in Moscow, the 10th and 13th International Ballet Festivals of Miami, and the Encore International Dance Festival in Quebec. She was invited to dance with various companies and schools in full-length productions of Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty throughout Canada, the USA and Spain. As part of the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games she performed the lead in Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto.

Lawson began working as Artistic and Administrative Associate for Peter Quanz and his company Q Dance in 2013.  She continues to assist Quanz in new works, and stage ballets on the company. Together, they traveled to Havana to set Quanz’s “Luminous” on the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which was performed in the International Ballet Festival of Havana.

As Ballet Master for the RWB, Lawson has assisted choreographers such as Quanz, Twyla Tharp, Lila York, Jorden Morris, John Alleyn and Val Caniparoli. She has staged many works on the RWB and on other companies and has taught as a guest teacher internationally. She continues to perform character roles with the RWB and enjoys every opportunity to be back on the stage.

Lawson is currently completing the Manitoba Arts and Cultural Management Program through the University of Winnipeg. She was selected as a peer advisor for the Winnipeg Arts Council, has been an advocate for the Dancer’s Transition Resource Center, and has represented both management and dancer in negotiations with Canada’s Actor’s Equity Association.

Lawson is thrilled to have recently given birth to a baby girl. She is currently taking a break from work to spend a year raising her daughter.

Stéphane Leonard

Stéphane Leonard is the School Aspirant Program Director at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB).  He assumed this position after his retirement from the RWB Company (Soloist 1998-2002).

Mr. Leonard began training in Montreal under the tutelage and mentorship of Ms N. Izbinsky and continued at the prestigious Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Following his graduation in1993, Mr. Leonard made his professional debut with the National Ballet of Canada under the direction of Mr. Reid Anderson.  In 1995, Mr. Leonard joined the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Ballet and Opera under the direction of Mr. Nikita Dolgushin.  In 1998, Mr. Leonard returned to Canada to join the Company the RWB where he performed for many years.

Mr. Leonard’s classical repertoire includes such roles as Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty), The Poet (Les Sylphides), The Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Tybalt (Rudi Van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet), Hilarion and the Peasant Pas de Quatre (Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle).  He has also performed soloist roles in various neo-classical and contemporary repertoire by choreographers such as Balanchine, Ashton, Tetley, McMillan, Cranko, Kyllian and Kudelka.  In addition, Mr. Leonard appeared as Arthur Holmwood in Guy Maddin’s Gemini-award winning film Dracula and provided choreography for Maddin’s acclaimed My Winnipeg.

Mr. Leonard’s students have enjoyed successful careers with companies across the globe such as the Miami City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet of Monte Carlo and Corella Ballet and the RWB Company.  In his time with the RWB School, Mr. Leonard has spear-headed several important initiatives such as The Connection Tour, an innovative arts and education program which saw students from communities in Northern Manitoba partnering with emerging dance artists and practitioners in other arts disciplines on diverse creative projects.

In addition to his work with the RWB School, Mr. Leonard frequently guest teaches in Canada and abroad, having visited institutions such as the Banff center for the Arts and The National Ballet School of Canada.  In 2003, Mr. Leonard assisted Mr. Van Dantzig in the staging Romeo & Juliet for The Greek National Ballet and Boston Ballet.