After having performed as principal dancers on stages around the world, we created the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet with the mission of establishing a new standard of dance instruction in Western Canada for all aspiring dancers - from young dancers putting on their first pair of pointe shoes to dedicated students looking to pursue a professional career in ballet, and everything in between.
we are dancers
we are teachers
we are motivators
Starting with students as young as 4 years of age, the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet offers programs for people of all ages and abilities. From aspiring young dancers pursuing a professional dance career and dancers preparing to audition for ballet companies, to older adults looking to have some fun in a group setting, the teachers provide a safe and supportive environment for each person to learn and grow through ballet; to achieve their highest level of expression while experiencing the liberation of truly dancing freely.
Our Junior Program is designed for children in grades K to 4 and focuses primarily on the foundation of classical ballet. In addition, students are introduced to contemporary dance and building comfort and confidence in floor work, improvisation, and contact improvisation.Discover
Our Professional Program is designed for students who are committed to pursuing a career in classical or contemporary dance. The focus of this program is to develop each student into a complete dancer, and multi-faceted artist, while preparing them for the world of professional dance.Discover
Adult Ballet classes are for individuals, over the age of 16 years, who are looking to get a great workout and challenge their body in new ways, while improving grace through movement, developing an appreciation for the art of ballet, having fun, and making new friends! In addition, participants will increase their knowledge of ballet history and technique.Discover
Our Summer Program is designed for students looking to improve their skills with more intense training over the summer. Students will receive top quality training from principal dancers, improve their technique, musicality and posture, and will meet others dancing at their level. This is ideal for those looking for advancement, to build valuable connections within the dance community and to receive highly specialized training.Discover
Events and Media
Galien, Tara and a group of aspiring students from the school got a chance to speak with Jill Belland at Breakfast Television to introduce Calgary to the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet. Not only did they share information about the ballet school, what makes it different, and what to expect as a student of the school, they also got to demonstrate the different levels of dance offered. In addition, they shared information about the BLUE Gala event on Saturday, February 18th at DJD Dance Centre.See more
Free Adult Ballet Drop-in @ The Core
Free Adult Ballet Drop-in @ The Core!
April is our month at the Core shopping Mall. Classes run from 11am to 12pm on Sundays (except for April 16). All you have to do is show up! Please wear something you feel comfortable moving in and either cotton socks or ballet shoes. No pressure to wear leotard and tights... Unless you want to!FIND OUT MORE
The Blue Gala
Come celebrate with us as we present “The BLUE Gala”, the first performance and gala produced by the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet!
The inspiration for the BLUE Gala comes from this time of year that is typically sombre and where moods are at a low. The performance is designed to lift the collective spirit of the audience with the beauty of dance and movement. Featuring students from the school, special guest dancers, and the directors themselves, this is an evening not to be missed. Guests are also encouraged to wear something “BLUE” to the event!
Guest performers include:
- Hayna Gutierrez and Kelly McKinlay (Alberta Ballet)
- Mariko Kondo and Yoshiya Sakurai (Alberta Ballet)
- Brock Jellison (Tap Artist)
A portion of the profits from the event will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer Canada.Buy tickets
For students looking to polish their technique, push their skill level, refine their artistry, prepare for an upcoming performance or audition, or to make connections with the community of teachers and choreographers at the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet, we offer solos and privates for students of all ages and abilities.
If you are interested in registering for one of our comprehensive programs and have questions, click here to get in contact with us today.Contact Us