BVC Ballet Master - Andrea Bayne
Andrea was born in Halifax NS and grew up in Moncton NB. She is a scholarship graduate of the School of Alberta Ballet and also trained at the American Ballet Theatre School in NYC. Andrea has danced professionally with Alberta Ballet, The Banff Festival Company and danced as Ballet Victoria’s Prima Ballerina for 15 seasons where she quickly became an audience favourite. Andrea has performed as a guest artist across Canada and Japan, and has danced works by George Balanchine, Peter Quanz, Donald Mahler and John Meehan, to name a few. She also had the great honour of being selected to perform for their Royal Highness, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. She retired from her Principal Dancer position with Ballet Victoria in 2022 and is now Ballet Victoria’s Artist in Residence where she coaches, choreographs, and guests with the company.
Andrea found her love of teaching very early at the age of sixteen, when she began teaching ballet at DancEast in Moncton NB, the studio that ignited her passion for dance at the age of 3. Since moving to Victoria in 2008, Andrea has taught at several schools on the island and has taught master classes across North America and Japan. She was on faculty for the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive from 2010-2015, teaching both intermediate and advanced level ballet students from across the world. In 2014, Andrea was chosen to be an adjudicator for the ballet portion of the Kiwanis Dance Festival in Kelowna, BC.
In 2014, Andrea’s unique talent for teaching was recognised by Ballet Victoria’s Artistic Director, Paul Destrooper, who gave her the reins to help build The Ballet Victoria Conservatory. BVC is a non-profit ballet school under the umbrella of the Ballet Victoria Society where she is currently Artistic Director of the Conservatory as well as the BVC Aspirant Program. Since inception, BVC has grown significantly participating and winning local and international ballet festivals and competitions. Several of the students have been accepted on scholarship by professional ballet schools internationally and graduates of the Aspirant Program have received contracts with BV and other companies world-wide. Andrea was successful in her completion of the Bolshoi Ballet Teacher Certification Program Level A.
She is passionate about passing on her knowledge of the classical Vagonova technique and her true love of ballet, as she fosters and nurtures Victoria’s talented youth. “Onward and upwards young dancers!”