About BALLET CREOLE
Ballet Creole was founded in 1990 by Trinidadian-born dancer, choreographer and drummer, Patrick Parson. Its creation was inspired by the void that existed at that time with respect to the representation of culturally-inspired dance on mainstream Canadian stages.
Ballet Creole presents Contemporary dance infused with traditional movement aesthetics of the African Diaspora. The Company's choreography integrates Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, and traditional dance styles, often portraying culture that has survived for hundreds of years in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Ballet Creole's mission is to educate and inspire through excellence in Dance! It does this through its main programming including:
* an annual Dance Season at Toronto’s Fleck Dance Theatre, that includes two main productions:
- a holiday production entitled SOULFUL MESSIAH
- a Spring production highlighting new and older ballets from resident and guest choreographers
* an annual tour of Ontario schools, reaching upwards of 20,000 youth through performances and workshops
* a Community School offering dance and drumming for children and adults
* a Professional Training and Apprenticeship Program for aspiring dance artists
* a Children's Summer Arts Camp
What People Are Saying
"Accessible dance underlaid with a strong emotional base, and eminently enjoyable to watch. "
— The Toronto Star
"the high-flying performers effortlessly leap, slide and twist..."
— Toronto Life, Read More
"Ballet Creole continues to rewrite the language of dance. "
— The National Post, Read More
"an evening of sophisticated contemporary dance..."
— The Globe and Mail, Read More