VDA Adult Program

Taught by CBJ’s Dance Professionals

VDA Adult Program

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is pleased to offer dance and movement classes for adults of all ages and experience levels. Whether you have always wanted to learn to dance, are working on refining your dance technique or are simply looking for a chance to stay active while at home, this is the perfect way to keep the beauty of dance in your life through fun and friendly classes!

spring term VDA

Adult Program Classes

Adult Ballet Intermediate/Elementary

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm EDT

Teacher: Hannah Mae Cruddas Ongoing drop-in class.

We will take you through a 45 minute barre with some centre practice, focusing on honing strength, flexibility, and rhythm. Each class will conclude with an optional 15 minutes of body conditioning to increase your strength for ballet technique. We suggest a minimum of about one year of previous dance experience.

Students are asked to have something to hold on to that simulates a ballet barre (ie. a countertop, a chair, an ironing board, etc.) and enough space to do a pique arabesque or jumping jacks in a circle.

Please wear whatever you are most comfortable in so long as you can move freely. If ballet slippers are not available to you, please wear socks but be conscious of extra slipperiness.

Registration – This program is on pause until further notice.

All new students to the VDA Adult Program must complete a registration form. Please click the Adult Classes Registration Form button below. Once completed, you will receive access to the Registered Students – Sign-In & Pay section of our website where you can sign-in and pay for the classes you want to attend.

Please note that classes will require four students to run. If the class does not have sufficient registration by 7:00pm EDT the previous day, the class will be cancelled so be sure to sign in early!

If you do not sign-in for class, you will not receive the Zoom link.

Questions, didn’t get the zoom link, or having tech trouble during your class? Please reach out to vda@balletjorgen.ca.

Adult Classes Faculty

Hannah Mae Cruddas

Adult Ballet Intermediate Teacher: Hannah Mae Cruddas

A native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Hannah Mae began her dance training with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance before joining Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Hannah Mae has been fortunate to receive various awards and scholarships including The Janice and Brian Flemming scholarship and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She is currently in her 10th season with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and has danced in many of Jörgen’s works including Anastasia and Coppélia (in the title roles), Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet)and Cinderella (Lead Fairy), and had the opportunity to create the role of the Lilac Fairy in Jörgen’s Sleeping Beauty. In 2019, the title role of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® was created for Hannah Mae by Bengt Jörgen, C.M. Hannah Mae has taught classes for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Mocean Dance Company, DAREarts, and numerous dance schools across Canada, the United States, and Brazil. For the past ten years, she has toured with CBJ, bringing dance to all corners of North America through outreach programs, masterclasses, and performances.

Callum McGregor

Adult Ballet Basics Teacher: Callum McGregor

Callum started dancing at the age of 7 and decided to begin his training at The Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow in 2012. While training in Scotland, Callum was part of several projects including joining the Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange 2015-16 to work with choreographer Kerry Nichols and toured to Singapore, Edinburgh and London and was also a part of the World Premiere of Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel. After four years of vocational trading he decided to join Central School of Ballet in 2016 to continue his pre-professional training in ballet and contemporary dance. During his time at Central, Callum was part of numerous performances such as the Prix de Lausanne’s first ever choreographic project with guest choreographer Goyo Montero in 2018 and he danced as a guest artist in New English Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Season tour. In his third year at Central School of Ballet, Callum joined his year group to create Ballet Central 2019, the school’s graduate touring company. During the tour Callum performed works by Kenneth MacMillan, Fredrick Ashton, Calvin Richardson, Jasmin Vardimon and Christopher Marney. Callum is also a mentor for our Böys who Dance Campaign.

Debbie Wilson

Yoga Teacher: Debbie Wilson

Debbie Wilson is passionate about the functional mobility of the body and that passion comes from having spent a lifetime in the performing arts as a professional dancer, a choreographer, and a dance teacher. She walked into her first yoga studio in 2009 and discovered a missing part of her life…peace of mind. Yoga is a continuation of Debbie’s lifelong study of the human body and spirit, combining the exploration of a physical challenge and supportive breathwork with the needed mental conditioning. In 2013, she became a certified Modo teacher and since that time, she has continued her studies, attaining certification in Modo flow, Vinyasa, Senior’s yoga and Yin. Debbie is grateful to the many teachers that she has met on her yoga journey and for the opportunities they have given her to connect with leading scientists and thinkers in the world of fascial and functional movement studies.

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For program information, please contact vda@balletjorgen.ca