Seminars & Study

Annual Training Seminar

August 19 & 20, 2023
Theatre Dept. University of Ottawa
10 Daily St., Ottawa, ON.


We invite SCBVM members and guests to join us for our annual Raising the Barre 2023 training webinar and to celebrate the Society’s 50th anniversary. The weekend of master classes, lectures, round-table discussions and performances will culminate with an awards ceremony hosted by our executive and Society alumna.

Sections of this page are under construction.
Please check back soon for further information. 


Raising the Barre 2023 will take place in the heart of downtown Ottawa in the LabO facilities, which are housed and managed by the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department. The studio and black box theatre are conveniently located at 10 Daily St. between the Novotel and Les Suites hotel complexes.

The LabO facilities are just steps from the Parliament Buildings, The National Gallery, Ottawa’s iconic Byward Market, the National Arts Centre and the Rideau Canal, making this a wonderful location to kickstart a family vacation.


There are numerous and varied accommodations available within walking distance to the seminar. The following hotels have graciously offered discounts to seminar participants (Note discounts subject to room availability.):

  • Les Suites Hotel Ottawa – One bedroom suites for 1-4 people and two bedroom suites for 1-6 people are available. Contact for information brochure.
  • Novotel Ottawa – To receive your discount use the following booking code: 1074453.

To Register

  • Have registration or other seminar questions? Contact
  • Download a registration form in Word or Pages format.
  • Please remit a completed registration form with your payment information to no later than August. 5, 2023.
  • Our first 50 registrants will receive a swag bag of items from various dancewear brands courtesy of Brio Bodywear, Ottawa.


Membership Level Seminar Fee
(due Aug. 5)
Early Bird Discount
(due June 15)
  Member $300.00 $275.00
  Student Teacher-in-Training $125.00 $110.00
  Non-Member $400.00 $375.00
  Dancer (Master Class Fee) $35.00 n/a
  T-Shirt (see image below) $20.00 n/a

All quoted fees are in Canadian dollars and do not include 13% Ontario tax.

Early Bird Discounts:
To receive the early bird discount, pay your seminar registration fee by June 15, 2023.

Referral Rewards:
Refer non-members to our Seminar and receive 50% of the value of their seminar registration fee as a credit on your account for 2023/24. Please see the registration form for full details.

Schedule & Topics 

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023 (subject to revision):

  • Registration
  • Vaganova Style Class with guest instructor – open to students & teachers
  • Pointe Shoe Fitting Guidelines with Gilbert Russell owner of Brio Bodywear & master pointe shoe fitter
  • Character Class with Irina Egorova
  • Revised Syllabus Presentation #1 with SCBVM Examiners
  • Awards Night Celebration with alumna & special guests

Sunday, August 20, 2023 (subject to revision):

  • Racism in the Workplace with guest speakers
  • Revised Syllabus Presentation #2 with SCBVM Examiners
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Vaganova Fundamentals & Styling with Guest Instructor – teacher participation class
  • Enchaînement Presentations
  • Pre-Elementary/Elementary Class with Guest Instructor – open to students and teachers

Presentation Descriptions & Presenter Biographies

Irina Egorova – coming soon

Gilbert Russell – coming soon

Guest Instructor – to be announced

Special Guests – to be announced

Souvenir T-Shirt

Help support and promote our Society with the purchase of our 50th anniversary t-shirt. The cost is $20.00 plus 13% tax. You can pre-order your size and purchase via the registration form or purchase one at at the registration desk during the seminar.


Children who begin to study at the start do exercises at the barre and in the centre only in dry form without any variations.  Variations in time signature avoid monotony. – Agrippina Vaganova from Basic Principles of Classical Ballet p. 11