The 2019 summer season welcomes an exciting change for the Bermuda Civic Ballet, a
dance education charity that has been offering summer dance programmes and
performances since its inception in 1972. After more than forty years as Artistic Director,
Coral Waddell stepped down last year. The Board of Trustees and alumni of BCB
extend a heartfelt thank-you for the decades of hard work and countless hours Mrs
Waddell dedicated to growing the Bermuda Civic Ballet into the institution it is today.

With the resignation of Mrs Waddell, the Board of Trustees is pleased to introduce
Dominique Willis as the new Acting Artistic Director of Bermuda Civic Ballet. A
Bermudian dancer and alumna of Civic, In Motion School of Dance, Dean College and
University of North Carolina, Dominique has been teaching dance in private dance
studios for over 10 years - six of which in grades K-12 with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
School District. Dominique is a former soloist with Movement Migration Dance
Company, as well has performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Charlotte as a
soloist, Gaspard and Dancers as soloist and rehearsal director, and with Caroline
Calouche and Co. She joins Bermuda Civic Ballet this year as Interim Director with a
wealth of knowledge, connections, a passion for dance and love of humanity.

Her vast experience and international connections will bode well for the next chapter of
Civic, which strives to foster the future of dance education in Bermuda by providing an
international caliber summer intensive to local dancers without them having to leave
home. Bermuda Civic Ballet is an invaluable resource to those students who may
otherwise be unable to pursue summer intensive programmes overseas, as well to
allow serious dancers the opportunity to continue their training throughout the summer
with supplemental dancing.

Changes to the 2019 Summer Intensive include a shift from Pembroke Sunday School
to Cedarbridge Academy, where dancers will enjoy state of the art facilities including air
conditioning to allow for days to run consecutively from midday to evening classes and rehearsals until 8pm.
The two-week intensive programme will commence on July 15 through July 26, culminating with a Workshop Demonstration.


This year’s guest teachers and choreographers include Precious Adams, a First Artist
with the English National Ballet; Pablo Ruvalcaba Tovar, a former member of Jose
Limon Dance Company; Maria Caruso, Artistic Director Bodiography Contemporary
Ballet and Dance Chair of LaRoche University; and Bermuda’s own Rikkai Scott,
Artisitic Director, BDBlaq Dance.
 

Classes with the Intensive are also now more diversified, now offering Ballet technique
and repertoire, Graham modern technique and repertoire, urban contemporary, jazz and
African in addition to yoga.

Tuition for the 2019 Bermuda Civic Ballet Summer Intensive is $550 for full day
participation. An evening only option is available for $135; both of which include the two-
weeks of classes. Enrollment is open to dancers ten years of age and older, as well as
working professionals.

For more information or assistance with any questions, please email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Dominique Willis at 293-1550 or Alexia
Cooper on 705-2717

In its 45th year, The Bermuda Civic Ballet Summer Selections 2016 brought with it styles of dance and choreography beyond what we’re used to en pointe.

The performance ran at Earl Cameron Theatre last weekend and offered a fresh take on classical ballet, modern dance and a little hip-hop.

Dancers from NYC’s Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Balanchine and London’s Matthew Bourne company spent five weeks on island teaching Bermuda’s talent.

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Sam Archer and his wife, Steph Elstob Archer, danced circles around each other for years. They moved in the same ring of London’s dance community for a decade before they met at famed London theatre Sadler’s Wells. The couple will perform together for the first time at the Bermuda Civic Ballet’s summer show this weekend.

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The Bermuda Civic Ballet Summer Selections 2015 was a treat for all. The performance ran at Earl Cameron Theatre from August 6-7 and offered a mixed programme of classical ballet, modern dance and a little hip-hop. Once again, dancers from NYC’s Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre spent five weeks on the Island teaching modern dance and staging two pieces: ‘Me Within Us’ and a personal favourite, ‘Piaf’, inspired by French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

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Alls well that ends well for Bermuda Civic Ballet's 40th Anniversary

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Article by Margaret Willis, dance critic and author from London who performed the Nanny in our production.

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, in the grounds of Fort Hamilton, the Bermuda Civic Ballet will put on an open-air production of Romeo and Juliet starting on August 22nd.

They have reached around the globe and assembled a world class group of professional dancers who will be supported by Bermudian dancers, some of whom are also professionals who dance on the world stage.

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Bermuda Civic Ballet is pleased to announce our Summer Intensive 2019 program. Our Summer Intensive 2019 is being run by our Acting Artistic Director Dominique Willis, who has put together an incredible 2 week program for dancers in Bermuda aged 11 and up. 

We welcome four amazing guest teachers for 2019! Our international professionals are:


Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba

Mr. Ruvalcaba is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a 20-year veteran of the José Limón Dance
Company. He has been an invited artist at the Jacob's Pillow's production of “The Men Dancers: from The
Horse's Mouth” and has recently been a guest artist for American Ballet Theater and soloist for Movement
Migration. Mr. Ruvalcaba teaches the Limón technique and its repertory extensively nationally and
internationally, and will be teaching Limon based modern and set a work this summer.


Maria Caruso

Ms. Caruso is the Founder and Director of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and Chair of the Performing
Arts Department at La Roche University. Caruso is well known for her leadership as well as her
choreographic strength in focusing on humanity in dance. Nominated in 2012 by Examiner.com as one of
25 finalists in the "America Inspired" contest, she continues to utilize dance as a means of expression
capable of raising awareness about significant subject matter. Ms. Caruso had an extensive solo career and
now 15-year career with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet. She will teach ballet and set a contemporary
ballet work this summer.


Rikkai Scott 

Mr. Scott, a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, is a Bermudian dance artist
and choreographer. Scott spent time touring internationally with De Kiss Moves Fusion Dance Company, in
Amsterdam, after which he formed his own company, BDBlaq Dance based in London, UK. Rikkai’s work
has been commissioned by Bermuda Cultural Affairs, Artists 4 Artists and Southbank Center, London, and
has been performed internationally. Rikkai will teach contemporary modern dance this summer.


Precious Adams

Ms. Adams, born in Michigan, USA, is a pioneer, and among the few top-level black women in ballet,
helping lead the way for diversity in classical ballet. She is currently a First Artist with the English National
Ballet and for the past 5 years has performed in over 400 shows and toured the world with the English
National Ballet. She was a double prize winner at the Prix de Lausanne 2014, and a National Critic’s Circle
prize winner 2018 for best Emerging Dancer. Ms. Adams will also teach ballet and set classical works this
summer.

 

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Bermuda Civic Ballet Summer Intensive 2019 Registration Package

The Bermuda Civic Ballet’s latest show, ‘Summer Selections 2011’ was a light, airy, breezy summer jaunt that simply delighted the diverse group of ballet fans who made it to City Hall on Friday evening.

Featuring a mix of local dancers and international performers, the presentation was competent at worst, and spectacular at best, throughout.

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Bermudian dancer James Waddell has brought to the island two of his contemporaries to perform at the Bermuda Civic Ballet’s Summer Selections at City Hall this weekend.

Jeppe Jakobsen and Remi Laudat bring to the stage two extremely different styles in their solo work and are the two male dancers in Eric Bean’s piece JoGo (The Game). Along with these two routines the pair will perform in a finalé group dance with about 20 other dancers. It is choreographed by director of the Bermuda Civic Ballet Coral Waddell, mother of James, and is set to John Woolridge’s popular anthem Proud to be Bermudian.

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The Bermuda Civic Ballet celebrated its 35th anniversary this year with a gala performance "under the stars" in Bermuda's Botanical Gardens. The Bermuda Civic Ballet was founded by Patricia Deane-Gray "to foster interest in ballet and to provide a medium through which all persons so interested may participate by dancing or otherwise in the production of shows." Since 1972, they have mounted a series of ambitious performances for an island of just 60,000 people.

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Indian enchantment, haunting ethereal images and a lavish setting make one of the greatest classical ballets, Marius Petipa's 'La Bayadère', a very fitting tribute to mark the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Bermuda Civic Ballet.

Founded in 1972, the Civic Ballet has established itself as an ideal training ground for local dancers wishing to pursue a life in performing arts. To mark such a landmark occasion, this mesmerising Elysian work will be performed in the grounds of Government House beneath the stars, under the skilful direction of Coral Waddell.

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Bermuda Civic Ballet is to stage a production of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy under the stars in honour of its 40th anniversary.

The ballet company has invited Svebor Secak, principal dancer of the Croatian National Theatre, to choreograph the production at Fort Hamilton from August 22 to 25.

Mr Secak produced a “small-scale performance” of Hamlet at Fort St Catherine’s in St George’s three years ago.

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Who would have thought there were many similarities between classical ballet and hip hop dance?

There are many according to dancer and choreographer James Pullum who is one of the students due to perform at the Bermuda Civic Ballet Summer School production Summer Selections 2010 next month. He is one of three young men, all students of the Central School of Ballet in London, taking part in the show. As well as a host of female dancers Mr. Pullum joins Bermudian dancer and ­choreographer James ­Waddell and English dancer Luke Walker, who bring to the stage an eclectic mix of dance styles.

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