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Coastal City Ballet

Artistic Staff of Coastal City Ballet

Directors

Li Yaming

Artistic Director / Co-Founder

Li began his ballet training at the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11 under Mr. Cao Jingrong. Upon graduation in 1979, Li was invited to join the resident ballet company (The company merged with Central Ballet of China in 1984). During that time Li performed numerous leading roles in classical ballets as well as neo-classical and contemporary works, toured across China and to Tailand. In 1988, Li immigrated to Canada and was invited by Lawrence Gradus to join the Theatre Ballet of Canada. Li has since performed extensively across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

As a dancer, Li had the opportunity to perform an extensive repertoire of roles and world premiere choreographies. Some of his most notable roles include: Franz in Coppelia, Colas in La Fille Mal Gardee, The Jester in Swan Lake, The Bronze Idol in La Bayadere, Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, Le Spectre de la Rose and Paquita pas de deux. Li also had the unique opportunity to perform in pieces choreographed by: Anton Dolin, Ben Stevenson, David Earle, Anthony Tudor, Choo San Goh, Lawrence Gradus, and Anne Wolliams.

Li has also studied and worked with international artists such as Ben Stevenson, Lynn Seymour, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Celia Franca, Anne Wolliams, Sulamith Messerer, Karen Kain and Olga Evreinoff.

Li begin his teaching at the Beijing Dance Academy while he was enrolled in the Dance Education major under the academy's Ballet Department. He has since taught in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and the USA. He was the company teacher for the Ottawa Ballet and was invited to teach for the Quinte Ballet School, Simon Fraser University and the National Ballet of Canada, among others.

Andrea Allen

Company Co-Founder

Ms. Allen received her ballet training at the Vancouver Academy of Music under the direction of Soonee Lee. She was also trained at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. During that time, Ms. Allen had the opportunity to study with a great number of renowned dance artists such as David Earle, Laura Alonso, Marquita Lester and Lambros Lambrou.

As a professional dancer, Ms. Allen has danced with the Theatre Ballet of Canada under the direction of Lawrence Gradus and the Ottawa Ballet under the direction of Frank Augustyn. Ms. Allen has performed in Asia and throughout North America and has worked with many international artists, among them Lynn Seymour, Karen Kain, and Christopher House.

Ms. Allen's repertoire ranges from classical ballet to original choreography. She has performed in many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Paquita and La Fille Mal Gardee, as well as numerous pieces from renowned choreographers. These pieces include Bella by Danny Grossman, Cecilia by Lawrence Gradus, Glass House by Christopher House, Tin Soldier by Timothy Spain, Inching by Danny Gossman, and Sleep Study by David Parsons.

Ms. Allen began teaching ballet in 1990 in Ottawa, and has since been teaching in Canada and the United States. In July of 1999, Ms. Allen co-founded Pacific DanceArts in Vancouver, Canada alongside Li Yaming. Ms. Allen takes pride in creating a strong and well rounded base for students. She believes that technique and creativity as well as the enjoyment of dance are equally important for a student's success.

Artistic Staff

Alice Gerbrecht

Artistic Staff

Alice Gerbrecht received her early dance training from Soonee Lee at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She also studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Goh Ballet. After moving to Boston she had the privilege to study with Caroline Llorca and Christine Busch as a student at Boston Ballet School.

Professionally, Ms. Gerbrecht danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre under James Canfield, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre of Boston, and Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones. During this time she danced a wide range of classical and contemporary ballet repertoire. She served as Company Teacher at Louisville Ballet and was School Director of Louisville Ballet School.

Ms. Gerbrecht has taught for Goh Ballet Academy, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre School, Ballet BC, and Harbour Dance. Ms. Gerbrecht currently serves as head of the ballet department at Vancouver Academy of Music and is on the teaching faculty of Pacific DanceArts and Centro Flamenco.

Beverley Bagg

Artistic Staff

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.

Ms. Bagg has a diploma in biomechanics and physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand and integrates this knowledge into her teaching. She is certified in Progressive Ballet Technique, a unique exercise programme designed to strengthen and address areas of weakness in ballet technique and her teaching has been endorsed by the founder of the programme.

Ms. Bagg has been invited as a guest teacher to various companies and schools in the US, Canada and internationally. She was Ballet Mistress of Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet and has been instrumental in staging Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet for South African Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet. Spanning over 40 years of a passionate and very successful career as a professional dancer, teacher and coach, Ms. Bagg is able to draw on this experience and offer a rich and insightful approach to teaching and coaching. She establishes an environment of positive energy and demands excellence in a nurturing and inspiring manner.

Eric Burrough

Artistic Staff

Eric was born and raised in North Vancouver. He started his professional career with Ballet BC and has worked with many companies throughout Europe, dancing his first leading role at the age of 21 as prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Eric has partnered many top ballerinas including Nina Ananiashvili, Lali Kandelaki, Nino Gogua and Galina Cajka.

Eric’s career highlights include dancing the leading roles in Apollo by George Balanchine, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Le Conservatory, First flash by Jorma Elo, Oh Inverted World by Trey McIntyre and The Rite of Spring by Edward Clug. Along with this he has performed in countless Gala concerts throughout Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Estonia, Slovenia and Georgia.

Eric also had the privilege to be coached by Yelena Pankova, Irek Mukhamedov and Aleksei Fadeechev. In 2013 he won along with his partner Nini Samadashvili the Grand Prix prize, First place in classical pas de deux and First place in Modern at the Riga spring international competition.

Joy Munk

Artistic Staff

Joy Munk began dancing at age 4 at Barry's School of Dance in Abbotsford, BC. At age 9, she attended Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer Program, and joined their professional school by age 12. After graduating from the RWB School in 1993, she received several grants from the Manitoba Arts Council to continue training in Europe, most notably at the Royal Danish Ballet School.

In 1994, Joy took first place at ABT's Russian Seminar hosted by Audre Deckmann Mendel, where she worked with Mikhail Lavrovsky and travelled to Moscow, spending two weeks with the Bolshoi Ballet. Also during this time, she performed and toured internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in their classical productions of Giselle, Swan Lake, and John Neumeier's Nutcracker, among others. In 1996, she joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a fulltime company member where she enjoyed performing the company's versatile repertoire, ranging from Balanchine, to van Manen, as well as the large classics.

This is the 7th year working with Li Yaming and Andrea Allen at Pacific DanceArts, and she is honored to support the dancers of Coastal City Ballet.

Katrina Bois

Artistic Staff

Born in Langley, BC, Katrina received her formal ballet training at Pacific DanceArts under the direction of Li Yaming. Upon graduation, Katrina began her professional career at Stadttheatre Bremerhaven in Germany with artistic director Joerg Mannes.

Katrina toured internationally as the lead in Marius Petipa's ballet Paquita, performed numerous classical ballets dancing with Ben Stevenson's Texas Ballet Theater and recently participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics alongside Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet dancing in “Cathedral Grove”, choreographed by Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre.

Katrina is known for staging and rehearsing classical ballet. She has staged numerous classical excerpts including "Swan Lake" Act II, "Raymonda's" Grand Pas de Deux, "Paquita," and “Kingdom of the Shades,” among others. At Coastal City Ballet, Katrina has had the privilege to stage Gisele Bellot’s “Nuances”, Renata Pacheco’s “Monasterio”, and Elizabeth Alexandre's "La Barre" as well as rehearse classical excerpts and world premiere choreographies from Li Yaming, Farley Johansson, and Wen Wei Wang. In addition, Katrina has rehearsed full-length ballets such as Irene Schneider's Hansel and Gretel and staged the full-length ballets A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hansel and Gretel and Coppelia.

Yana Dragieva

Artistic Staff

Born in Shumen, Bulgaria, Yana Dragieva has studied classical ballet in the Vagganova system since the age of six. She graduated from Sofia National Music and Dance University Choreographic department in 1996 in the class of prima ballerina Kalina Bogoeva. She continued her professional development with famous Masters such as Tadeusz Matacz and Alexander Ursuljiak from John Cranko School, Loippa Aroijo from Cuba National Ballet School, Seriozna Petrosjan in Erevan and Master Daniel Sallier in Montreal. Her mentor in her teaching career was Alexander Ursuljak, former director of Stuttgart Ballet School.

Yana's professional dancing career started in Varna's State Opera house and continued later at State Music Theatre, Sofia. During this period she toured and later lived and performed in Wiesbaden, Germany, Finland, Norway and France. Yana has a Bachelor Degree from Bulgarian National Music University in Dance. She specialized in Classical Ballet Pedagogy Vagganova system, Choreographing and Rehearsing. Her teaching experience started in Sofia Ballet School.

Yana moved to Vancouver in 2013 with her family. She is excited to continue her role as a member of the artistic staff of Coastal City Ballet. Her repertoire includes coryphée roles from Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides and other well-known performances.

Artistic Advisory Committee