Canadian Masterclass Series

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Tour Schedule & Tickets:

2023-2024

Calgary - Sunday, October 22 | 9:30AM-12:30PM MDT

Ms. Goh will be joined in Calgary by Luna Sasaki, current Principal Dancer of Alberta Ballet.

Edmonton - Sunday, October 22 | 5:00PM-8:00PM

Saskatoon - Wednesday, October 25 | 5:00PM-8:00PM CDT

Nanaimo - Sunday, January 14 | 11:00AM-2:00PM with Cecilia Iliesiu

This masterclass will be taught by Cecilia Iliesiu, Principal Dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Kelowna - Sunday, January 21 | 12:00PM-3:00PM with Cecilia Iliesiu

This masterclass will be taught by Cecilia Iliesiu. Principal Dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Toronto - Sunday, February 4 | 10:30AM-1:30PM EST with Chan Hon Goh

This masterclass will be taught by Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh.

Montreal - Sunday, February 4 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM with Maude Sabourin

This masterclass will be taught by Maude Sabourin, Principal Dancer of Les Grands Ballets Canadien.

Vancouver - Friday, February 23, 2024 | 4:00PM-7:00PM with Cecilia Iliesiu

This masterclass will be taught by Cecilia Iliesiu, Principal Dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

2024 Guest Instructors

Providing added opportunities for industry access, feedback and knowledge, for the first time during this year’s series, students will be taught by an array of current Principal Artists, curated by Prima Ballerina, Chan Hon Goh. See below to learn about the guest artist for your region.

2023-2024 Guest Artists

Cecilia Iliesiu, Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet

Cecilia Iliesiu is a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) with a 14-year career as a professional ballerina, teacher, and mentor. She trained at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and has performed notable roles on stages in the USA, France, Canada, and Nigeria by George Balanchine, Davis Dawson, William Forsythe, José Limón, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Crystal Pite, Alexei Ratmasksy, and Jerome Robbins.

Cecilia has become a leader in ballet education with her establishment of the PNB School Mentorship Program, as well as founding Global Ballet Teachers and Ballet Life Coach. Cecilia has over a decade of teaching experience giving master classes and workshops in the USA, Ghana, Honduras, and Nigeria. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and is continuing her education at Harvard Business School as part of the Crossover Into Business program.

Maude Sabourin, Principal Dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Originally from Terrebonne, Quebec, Maude began her dance journey in a small neighbourhood school at the age of 3. At the age of 12, Maude joined the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, where she was recruited during a regional dance competition by the ESBQ artistic team.

She joined the young ESBQ company, the Jeune Ballet du Québec, at the age of 15. She then had the chance to start dancing on the international stage as well as working with many choreographers.

In 2006, Maude joined the prestigious Ballets de Monte-Carlo company, directed by renowned choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. In 2012, she was named soloist and then became principal dancer in 2014. During these years, Maude worked with the most influential choreographers of the moment such as Jiri Kylian, Marco Goecke, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and William Forsythe to name a few. She travels the world dancing in the most prestigious theaters in the world.

In 2018, Maude decided to return to her native country and joined the Grands Ballets Canadiens company. She continues her career as a dancer and cultivates her desire to share the experience she has acquired here and abroad.

Maude also participates in several external projects. In January 2024, she worked at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala as a guest coach. She also recently performed at the famous Spoleto festival in Italy, which has hosted artists from around the world for 66 years. In 2019, she danced as a guest artist at the Avignon Opera for the creation of a brand new work created for her. She frequently participates in the star evening of the St-Sauveur arts festival under the direction of Guillaume Côté.
Maude also collaborates with Guillaume on the creation of NARAKA, a pas de deux created for the Télé-Québec show “Danse en trois temps”, broadcast during the pandemic.

Also artistic director of “The Dance Lab”, she is involved in her community by creating mobile workshops and master classes. Having a philanthropic streak, she chooses causes that are close to her heart and donates a sum to them with the funds earned during these events. Last June, “The Dance Lab” was in Istanbul and all of the proceeds raised were donated to an association which helps the victims of the recent earthquake which occurred in Turkey.

During the pandemic, Maude launched an online training platform, “The Ballet Cure” which allows people to move at home by drawing inspiration from movements that ballerinas do every day.

Scholarships

We believe that dance education should be accessible to all members of our community, and the Goh Ballet Canada Society is working to remove all barriers that may prevent promising students from accessing the training that they need to pursue a flourishing career in dance. There are currently two funding streams available as part of the Canadian Masterclass Series. All participants will be considered.

The National Scholarship Award is sponsored by the Goh Ballet Canada Society. Any student taking part in the Masterclass is automatically eligible. Criteria for awarding scholarships is based on level of output, performance and technical ability as demonstrated during the class. Awardees are selected solely at the discretion of Ms Goh. A total amount of $5,000CAD will be awarded in scholarships to participants across the country.

The Diversity Scholarship is available to gifted and persevering students who belong to or identify with underrepresented populations in the art of classical ballet. Goh Ballet Canada Society recognizes that racial, gender and physical biases may prevent promising students from accessing resources to further their dance goals. The Diversity Scholarship, with a total of $5000 to be awarded, is the start of initiatives to foster inclusion and diversity in the art form of ballet and provide those with the will a way to pursue excellence.

Releve Ambassador Program

The CMCS Releve Ambassador Program creates additional access to support, mentorship and to fostering inclusiveness in the world of ballet. An Ambassador will be named in each city of the CMCS tour to continue the essence of what the Series is meant to cultivate throughout the year.

An Ambassador will be selected and invited by Ms. Goh to apply in each region after the masterclass.

Overview

Chan Hon Goh's Canadian Masterclass Series, presented by RBC, is an unforgettable opportunity for aspiring dancers all over the country to take part and train with some of this generation’s most celebrated artists. Held annually across Canada, participants are given thought-provoking coaching by some of this generation’s celebrated artists.

In a first for the Series, masterclasses will be conducted by special guest artists, curated by Prima Ballerina Chan Hon Goh, aiming to provide added opportunities for industry access, feedback and knowledge to participating dancers. Check the tour schedule for information on the guest artists participating in your region!

2023 Theme: Romantic Ballets – Take part in a masterclass that accentuates the story-telling aspects of ballet where you will polish technical aspects of training, paired with dance mime to themes of love and ethereal transcendence. Revive the beauty of expressing through movement using romantic ballets like La Sylphide and Giselle.

Discover first-hand what it takes to become a distinguished Principal Dancer. All participants are invited to join an exclusive Q&A and submit their questions ahead of the session.

Two masterclasses are available for each region:
PIQUE (Junior Level) - Ages 10 -13 & completed RAD Grade 4 to Intermediate or equivalent
JETE (Senior Level) - Ages 14 - 19 & completed RAD Intermediate to Solo Seal or equivalent

Don’t miss this chance to enhance your artistry and technique working with an esteemed principal dancer!





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