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BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. BE BALLET LOUNGE

 

BE BOLD. Ballet Lounge is Vancouver’s leading Ballet for Fitness Dance Studio. We have fun learning how to dance while getting fit, building confidence and making friends!

• Our Studio allows you to indulge your inner ballerina/o by offering you ballet/dance technique + dance conditioning classes. These classes tone your body, improve your posture + increase your flexibility so that you can Sparkle!

• Ballet Lounge is the only studio in Vancouver that specializes in Adult Ballet. Our friendly and professional instructor’s break down all the steps, as well as offer hands on corrections so that you can start to see real results! We are more than just a studio, we are a family and our community is here to support you through your dance + fitness journey!

• We aspire to improve the overall quality of life through dance while making it fun and accessible to anyone regardless of age, shape or size!

• Founded in 2016 by Dancer and Fitness Specialist Suzy Kaitman. Ballet Lounge has helped thousands of Brave Ballerina/o’s enhance their lives through dance. Our Studio has won Westender’s GOLD Award for Best Dance Fitness Class in Vancouver, 2017 as well as Georgia Straights Runner up for Best Dance Studio in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019!

 

 


Photos featuring Aro Hā

 

Suzy Kaitman

As the Creator and Founder of the Ballet Lounge® I aspire to develop an atmosphere and space that makes each individual feel powerful, confident and beautiful. If you have heart and the desire to continuously improve, I believe you can master anything life offers.

I have extensive professional ballet training from the School of Alberta Ballet and the University of Calgary’s BA (Ballet) Dance Program. With my passion for movement, music and helping others to live a more active + healthy lifestyle, I decided to combine my loves of dance and fitness. Through this passion I created an innovative syllabus that developed into our signature class, Ballet Fit®. This ballet class is created for the Brave and Bold Individual - yes, that means you - teaching proper technique, balance and form. This class, as well as the Ballet Lounge® is inclusive to the learning of all things ballet/fitness while getting your sparkle on!

Certificates Include: Personal Training + Group Fitness Specialist// Pre + Post Natal Specialist

Fun Fact: Suzy recently won Top Fitness Instructor in Canada in Impact Magazine, and has been nominated for the Women of Influence for the RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Awards.

Natalie Neid

We are all Queens! I live to empower the mind, body and soul through conversation and movement. As an artist that specializes in more than just dance, I use the face as a canvas, converse through song and kick some ballet booty in dance + fitness. When you get in my class you don’t just sweat, you sparkle! I have been dancing professionally for over 25 years and my journey with dance has given me sufficient experience in many different genres of the trade. Dance has taken me all over Canada and America, allowing me to be trained by the top choreographers of our time. I am Group Fitness certified and love to create a class atmosphere like its the early 90’s electric circus dance floor. A class with high energy, rad music and that feeling you get after an amazing workout! Remember if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Laura Furtado

Laura is an international Dancer, Instructor, Choreographer & Presenter. She danced professionally for 15 years across North America and Europe, being certified in various styles and disciplines including ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and musical theatre. She has instructed thousands of women and teachers in various forms over 20 years, with her specialty being sexy jazz. She has also produced dance shows/productions and ran a dance entertainment agency in Toronto for over 10 years before moving to Vancouver. She has a passion for dance, barre and Pilates and loves teaching and inspiring at the Ballet Lounge!

“Reach for the moon, even if you fall short you will end up in the stars”

Fun fact: Laura was Canada's Top Young Entrepreneur in 2010!

Johanna Ward

Johanna has been teaching dance-inspired exercise for over 20 years. She's crazy passionate about helping people discover the joy of movement and how to tap into their personal potential. It's about living your best life, on and off the dance-floor, and constantly working with the best version of yourself. As a kid Johanna would dance in front of the mirror for hours at a time, mostly to musicals and the soundtrack to Fame… seems not much has changed!

'Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.' - Jack Kerouac


Caroline Macgillivray

Caroline has been dancing since the tender age of 3. She encourages connecting with the mind, body and spirit through different modalities. She teaches a variety of fun classes including Yoga, dance, fitness and barre. Her students have dubbed her as a “sexy drill sergeant”when teaching pole classes and has a great skill to transition from a soothing yoga voice to enthusiastic cheerleader depending on the class style!

Fun fact: Caroline is also a Medical Qi Gong Therapist! She is best known for her work as the founder of Beauty Night Society and co founder of Qi Day.

Kathryn

Kathryn has been teaching at Ballet Lounge since its opening in 2016. She enjoys teaching Traditional Ballet, RAD Exam Syllabus and Contemporary to all the wonderful clients here at Ballet Lounge. Kathryn graduated from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada receiving a BFA in Contemporary Dance, and BBA in Marketing. After graduation in 2012, Kathryn danced professionally in Vancouver, Canada performing throughout the province in festivals and showcases such as Tremors Festival, A Dime a Dozen, 12 Minutes Max, Bloom, Project CPR, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and Judith Garay’s company Dancers Dancing. Kathryn pursued her Ballet Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated in 2015. Shortly after, Kathryn enrolled in the STOTT Pilates Instructor Training Program; she became certified in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels in 2016.

Fun fact: Kathryn started ballet classes with her best friend at the age of 5 and continued dancing together for 13 years at the same dance academy. She is now a ballet teacher at the same ballet studio she grew up dancing at.

Kayla Kyle-Moffat

Kayla started taking dance classes when she was 2 or 3! Ballet was first along with skating and gymnastics, then she started jazz, tap and competitive figure skating when she was 8. She continued dancing all through her youth and did lyrical/contemporary, Pilates, and musical theatre as she got older. Kayla started teaching fitness/conditioning at her skating camp when she was 16, then taught musical theatre to kids age 3-18 when she was in university. Throughout university, she continued performing in musicals and was the President of UBC Dance Team. She discovered her love for yoga in her 20s and did her Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. She continued her studies in Massage Therapy and is now an RMT - as you can see, she is continuously looking for ways to promote wellness and movement!

Fun fact: she is a mega-fan of Ru Paul’s drag race!

Anisia Wong

Growing up in an Asian household, I was put into every extracurricular activity you could think of - including table tennis, taekwondo and even lawn bowling - but the only thing that really stuck with me until now has been dance!

I grew up and received most of my training all the way in Hong Kong: where I completed all RAD graded examinations and trained in the professional program at my home studio, and at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. From there, I have been lucky enough to attend international dance competitions and summer intensives, where I made lots of dance friends, solidified my love for ballet, and found a passion for other dance styles such as contemporary, lyrical, and jazz.

About three years ago, I moved to Vancouver to study at UBC. I then began teaching, choreographing, and dancing with the UBC Ballet Club. The one thing that has remained consistent throughout my journey has been my love of dance, and specifically ballet, which has definitely shaped (literally and figuratively!) who I am today :) It is my goal now to share this passion with all of my students, so they can fall in love with ballet too!

Fun Fact: Anisia is now the President of UBC Ballet Club!

Madeleine Steuart

Welcome! I was first introduced to the magic of ballet when I was 3, however this magic was short lived (for now *wink*) Instead of diving head first into all things Dance/Ballet, I grew up doing competitive gymnastics. Once I had conquered gymnastics I took the wisdom I had gained as an 11 year old and decided to transition back into the world of dance.

My first year back I grooved my way into the street stylings of hip hop and remembered just how much I loved to dance. Thus starting my magical journey back into dance, continuing training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. In ballet I was trained in Cecchetti, up to Advanced 1 and from there I branched out into teaching/ choreographing, never stopping and ever growing in this amazing world of dance!

Continuing with this growth, I decided to combine my love for dance and apply it to the fitness world by becoming certified in Group Fitness (ACE). When you strut into my class be prepared to get that Ballet Booty moving + grooving!

Mackenzie Anderson

Hello Dance Enthusiasts! I hail from Ottawa ON, and I specialize in making people smile! On top of that super power I have extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acro, Hip-Hop and Ballet.

All this hard work and training led me to attain a membership in the Royal Academy of Dance. Having 12 years of experience in the performing arts industry as a Program Director, Choreographer, Costumes Assistant and Dance Instructor; I know I will be making you sweat, sparkle and smile in my classes in no time!

On top of everything I was able to create 2 successful dance programs back home and I intend to share this creativity with each and every individual who chaînés into my class.

Now enough about me, what about you? Are you ready to dance or what!?

 

FAQ


What if I’ve never danced before?

This the perfect environment to learn how to dance because it is non-threatening. We teach you everything we know and we do everything with you! The best way to benefit is to sign up for the full session, at least 2x/week so you can learn and practice the steps!


How does it work?

Our classes cycle through semesters and school terms however, you can jump in anytime! The beautiful thing about the way our classes are set up is that you learn new techniques and moves each week, without needing to wait for a new dance season. It is encouraged to register for at least 6 months in order to gain all the benefits of our programming!


What is the difference between BL.T.rad and Ballet Fit®️?

The main difference between the two classes is that the Traditional is taught to piano music, and is classical ballet class that makes you feel like a real ballerina!

Ballet Fit® is our signature class, a fun ballet class taught to dance/house music! We also do additional core and flexibility work for a full body workout.

Both the BL.T.rad & Ballet Fit® follow the same curriculum so you can take either class at the same time and still learn all the same moves!


What should I wear? Do I need ballet slippers?

Wear anything that you feel comfortable moving in. Most participants wear either workout, yoga leggings and a top. If you want to rock a dance outfit - go for it! It is all about feeling good in what you are wearing! If you don't have ballet slippers, socks are a great alternative. Ballet slippers do really help with your dancing, and we sell them at the studio!


Are guys allowed to participate?

Of course! We have many male participants who really enjoy our classes! Everyone is welcome at Ballet Lounge :-)


 
 

Our Team

 
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Sheila

barre ballerina

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Chantal

BARRE BALLERINA

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Gabby

Barre Ballerina