Simone Orlando (Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Kelowna) de-myth-stifies ballet
King Louis XIV was a ballet dancer! He pliéd and pirouetted around Versailles, popularizing ballet as an art form in his court back in 17th-century France.
Aha moment...now all those French terms for ballet movements make sense!
In its long history, ballet has sometimes been perceived by the uninitiated as stagnant, dull and pretentious. But not here in the Okanagan thanks to the vision of Simone Orlando guiding the future of Ballet Kelowna, a “Made in Kelowna” dance company.
The statuesque brunette began dancing in Vancouver at eleven, before completing her training at the National Ballet School in Toronto. In 1989, she joined the National Ballet of Canada, where for five years she danced a wide repertoire.