Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, all of our programs and events are currently suspended.
When the Governments of BC and Canada deem it safe to take part in group activities we intend to resume our ongoing classes and our anual Workshop Series.
Because many of our students are unable to attend their regular classes our workshops will be focussed on retraining to assist everybody on getting back in shape. Details will follow and dates will be announced when it is safe to commence group activity.
This is the year we made it official and registered ourselves as a non-profit society!
Our programs consisted of Ballet and Flamenco dance classes in both Tofino and Ucluelet by instructor Janine Wood, Musical Theatre by Bonnie Fontaine, Courteny Love, Sarah Hogan and Kim Tuscon.
Additionally we worked with the district of Ucluelet and Tofino to help facilitate the summer Dance camp by Gabrielle Springette in each of the towns, as well as making possible the summer dance camp in Ahousaht.
Instructor Janine Wood traveled to Bamfield to conduct a Summer Dance Camp for the students of this remote area.
Rodrigo Figueroa was a featured artist in the summer and later conducted a music workshop for students of Tofino.
Our annual Workshop programs also climbed to a higher level as we were able to host Ballet Victoria's Star Soloist, Andrea Bayne, and Director/Soloist Paul Destrooper for workshops in Ucluelet.
The season wrapped up with a summer workshop series hosting instructors, Amity Skala,-Flamenco Julia Taffe - Contemporary, and Andrea Bayne - Classical ballet.
All of this was made possible via the generous support of the BC Arts Council Gamming Commission Community Grant.
Additionally we hosted student performances in Ahousaht, Tofino and Ucluelet.
With the support of a performance grant in Tofino we presented Flamenco de la Coasta, in conjunction with workshops following the event.
This year we continued with the Ballet program in Ucluelet, though instructor Janine Wood had relocated to Nanaimo, BC.
Member Cynthia Villeneuve taught Contemporary and Contact Dance in Tofino.
Support of the Summer Dance Camps continued in Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht and Bamfield.
Workshops were conducted in Tofino and Nanaimo featuring instructor/soloists Andrea Bayne and Paul Destrooper.
Performance took place in both Tofino and Ucluelet in Ballet and Flamenco, thanks to a performance grant by the District of Tofino.
This same west coast Flamenco troupe (Flamenco de la Costa) also performed in the Victoria Flamenco Summer Festival courtesy of a grant by the Flamenco de la Isla Society
Special thanks, once again to the BC Arts Council Gamming Commission for their generous support.
Many of these programs are created for students living in remote areas and the funding helps us to provide a high standard of teaching for students of all economic backgrounds.
In fact we were able to support a number of students without the resources to pay for classes and workshops where they might otherwise have to miss out in these important opportunities. through our bursary programs, as well as by keeping the cost of enrollment down and in many cases entirely free.
This year we welcomed Sandra Hinder to the west coast, where she teaches Ballet to the students of Tofino and Ucluelet where she still teaches today.
We were able continue our support of a the summer dance camp programs in Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht and Banfield.
Andrea Bayne returned with Soloist Matthew Cluff to offer a workshop in Nanaimo BC,
This year Solera hosted a series of Flamenco performances in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, and Tofino BC, featuring aspiring professional dancers from Vancouver Island. Some of these events included workshops for students of Flamenco in dance and guitar.
We hosted a series of Flamenco workshops with instructor Monique Salez of Raino Dance, as well as Kasandra Lee.
We also hosted a fundraising event in Ucluelet, in support of our bursary program.
Again, our west coast Flamenco troupe (Flamenco de la Costa) also performed in the Victoria Flamenco Summer Festival with the support of a grant by Flamenco de la Isla Society
We extend our gratitude to the BC Arts Council Gamming Commission for its support via the Community Grant.
This year the Ahousaht summer camp switched to a monthly workshop program throughout the year and was conducted by Kim Tucson.
Our Ballet Dance program continued in Tofino and Ucluelet with Sandra Hinder as well as the contemporary dance group headed by dance instructor Cynthia Villenuve.
Our workhops continued with Andrea Bayne in Nanaimo this year.
Because of the happy success of the Flamenco performance series, we continued to present a variety of Flamenco shows, culminating with a spectacular show featuring professional Flamenco artists: Dancers Kasandra Lee, Ricardo Lopez of Spain, and Joel Hanna with singer Vicnete Griego , Guitarist Gareth Owen, and percussionist Davide Sampaolo.
These shows took place in Victoria's Alex Goulden Hall and at the Nanaimo Conference Centre.
Workshops were featured by the guests artists to enthusiastic students in Victoria BC.
This same year, Solwood Studio was established in Victoria BC. where a number of programs take place under the umbrella of Solera.
Additionally we supported workshops that were part of the first annual folk festival in Ucluelet BC.
Again, our programs were made possible through the generosity of the Community Gamming Gran from the Gamming Commission of BC
In this year, Sandra Hinder continued to teach Ballet in Tofino and Ucluelet BC.
Though we were unable to find an instructor to continue the summer dance camp in Ahousaht, we instead joined forces to support an ongoing program that supports elders from Heshquiaht, Ahousaht, Opisaht, and Esowista to travel to Port Alberni were they attend a monthly cultural event.
At these events, food is shared as well as music, dance, and story telling.
A number of programs were established this year in Victoria's Solwood Studio, such as Alive Tango, Space Collective, and Mixed Styles Arts Club.
These programs continue today and reach a wide number of students.
Andrea Bayne taught workshops in Ucluelet BC to the senior students and shared a lovely solo performance with the students families and friends of the area as well as featuring the students in a demo of their work.
Again, special thanks to the BC Arts Council Gamming Commission and the Community Grant that we received.
This year, our focus was based around our workshop program, featuring Andrea Bayne who taught students in Nanaimo this year at the Beban Park Social Centre including a demo performance featuring Andrea's solo and a glimpse of the workshop students sharing their new skills.
We continued to support the Outreach Program of the west coast serving the community of Heshquiaht, Ahuosaht, Esowista, Opitsaht and Part Alberni.
We welcomed new members including Kristy Durst of Soul of Bachata who has launched a series of Bachata workshops at our Victoria studio location.
This Year we launched our first New Year's Fundraise. It was a roaring success, featuring the talented students of the Wellington Jazz Music Program, with the funds going to support the bursary program as well as providing income to the student performers as well as the local band.
This event took place at Nanaimo's Coast Hotel Ballroom.
Again, proceeds supported our bursary program.
Classes in Tango, Contemporary and hip hop continued at Solwood Studio in Victoria.
In our 2018/2019 year we produced a number of workshops featuring the following Instructors:
Angela is a 2002 graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she majored in modern dance focusing on Horton, Limon and Taylor techniques. At University of the Arts, she studied with directors, choreographers and dancers from The Paul Taylor Company, The Limon Company, PHILADANCO, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Momix and many others. Angela has performed in Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals, at the National Dance Day in Philadelphia, and with The Next Stage Project (directed by Jana Hicks) and AKRNYM Dance Company in New York City. She also appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Gardens, NYC in 2003. Angela’s choreography has been commissioned by studios and companies in Canada and the United States. Many of her students have gone on to study at The National Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program, Alvin Ailey, Lines Ballet in San Francisco, SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) and The University of the Arts. Angela is currently on faculty at Dansko Studios, Boston Dance Collective, Westcoast Performing Arts Academy, the Victoria Academy of Ballet, The Canadian College of Performing Arts and is the resident choreographer of Convergence Contemporary Ballet. Last summer she was one of 3 choreographers selected to participate in a 2 week inaugural choreographic lab directed by Wen Wei Wang and hosted by Dance Victoria. In January of this year she was invited to do a Choreographic Residency at Dance Victoria where her original work was presented as a part of Rough Cuts at the Metro Theatre.
Adam is a professional working Dancer, Choreographer, and Actor, he fell in love with dance late in his life but once he started he never looked back. Adam has many credits to his name, such as Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Crown Royal, Netflix, Buddy Games, World Of Dance, So You Think You Can Dance. He has traveled the world teaching and touring for many artists and is also known for his work with award winning crew OTW Crew (Ones To Watch) and is one of Vancouver’s most sought after Choreographers.
Martina grew up on Vancouver Island and began her dance training with Tempo Dance Academy at the young age of three. She has trained in various dance genres but eventually found her passion for Jazz and contemporary styles. After moving to Vancouver to complete her undergraduate studies in 2015, Martina has continued to pursue her love for dance as President of the UBC Thunderbird Dance Team. She is always eager at the opportunity to share and learn with other dancers and explore the endless capabilities of the human body.
Victoria Ballet Principal Dancer - Andrea was born in Halifax, NS, and grew up in Moncton, NB. She is a scholarship graduate from the School of Alberta Ballet and also trained at the American Ballet Theatre School in NYC. Andrea has danced professionally with Alberta Ballet and The Banff Summer Company, performing various ballets including Balanchine's Serenade, Who Cares and Divertimento #15. Andrea has performed as a guest artist across Canada, Japan, and performed for their Royal Highness, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Andrea has taken a leadership role in the development of the Ballet Victoria Conservatory as Artistic Director, and says that it is the students who continuously inspire her with their determination and open minds. In Andrea's 11th season, she will dance with all of her heart in memory of her loving father and her biggest fan forever.
Additionally, Solera funded a workshop in Victoria for our thriving Social Dance community at the Solwood Studio. The workshop featured Javier Monsalve of Sabor Asi Dance Company. 27 dancers took part in this Bachata workshop that was followed by a dance party event which hosted another basic class for the nearly 45 attendees, where the students were able to practice their new skills in one of our monthly social dance events in partnership with “Soul of Bachata”.
Additionally we returned to the West Coast to provide workshops and performances in partnership with Pacific Rim Arts Society Summer Festival, where we presented Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" contestant Jacksun Fryer who both performed and shared a dance class for students, followed by classes by Sahra Kalkan in Bellyfit and Tomomi Ozaki in Flamenco Dance.
The dance performance by Jacksun was followed by a flamenco performance featuring dancers Tomomi Ozaki and Janine Wood and Guitarist Oscar Robles, and singer Brittany Christina.
Along with our workshops and performances, member Kelly Shears successfully published her first in a series of children's books, "How Long Stock Became a Fower".
We also continued with our regular weekly classes with Alive Tango and Space Collective and occasional complimentary classes by Sahra Kalkan in Belly Fit and Booty Barre.
We hosted our second New Years Fundraising event and in addition to supporting students from the Wellington School Music program we used the proceeds to add to our Bursary program.