Ballet Mistress: Beverley Bagg

Ms. Bagg began her training in both RAD and Cechetti in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has transitioned from a dancer into a master teacher. She was accepted at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and danced soloist and principal roles with the PACT Ballet Company in South Africa for 15 years. Among the roles she performed were Bluebird and Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, and the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She has also performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, John Cranko, Goh Choo San, André Prokovsky, and Sir Frederick Ashton.

In 1982, she took a one-year sabbatical from PACT and was invited to join the Frankfurt Ballet under the directorship of Egon Madsen.

Ms. Bagg has a diploma in biomechanics and physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand and integrates this knowledge into her teaching. Since immigrating to Canada in 1993, Ms. Bagg taught at the Richmond Academy of Dance for 9 years has been invited as a guest teacher to various companies and schools across the USA and Canada. She also coaches young students in preparation for Adeline Genee and other various competitions. She was Ballet Mistress of Ballet BC and is now Ballet Mistress of Alberta Ballet for her seventh season. Ms. Bagg has been instrumental in staging Swan Lake and Giselle for South African Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet, and she continues to dance professionally, including roles with Alberta Ballet in Mozart’s Requiem and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

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