Select Page

Local Ballerina Soars into First Place at Performing Arts BC

Local Ballerina Soars into First Place at Performing Arts BC


You might think Clare Fleming has wings tucked into her shoes, the way she effortlessly flies into the splits mid-uthorir. But no, there are no wings, just hours and hours and hours of training tucked under her belt that helped her soar to the top at the Performing Arts BC Provincials.

This was Clare’s fifth trip to compete at provincials and she did Kelowna proud by being declared the winner in the most advanced Ballet III category.

“It was such a great experience,” said the 17 year old ballerina, “getting to dance with dancers from all across the province.”

The competition involved being observed in daily dance classes for a week and performing two different solos. Clare danced the Dulcinea variation from Don Quixote and a contemporary piece choreographed by Ballet Victoria prima ballerina Andrea Bayne. “At the end of the week,, they announced the top three for each level who would move on to compete in the finals that evening.”

Dancing her contemporary number, Clare was declared the winner. There is no National championship for ballet or she would be moving on to represent the province.

Clare is hoping this will help her in her quest to dance professionally. She would be one of many dancers from Canadian School of Ballet who have gone on to professional careers.

Currently, Clare can be found training close to 30 hours a week in pursuit of her dream. In addition to her regular ballet classes at Canadian School of Ballet and dancing with Company B, she’s been taking company classes with Ballet Kelowna and then doing private lessons with both Chris Larsen and Melville Brown of CSB and Natasha Sarafanov of Sarafanov Dance Studio.

“I’m working as hard as I can,” said Clare, who still managed to remain on the principal’s list at Immaculata Regional High School where she’s just finishing grade 11.

It’s been a busy year for Clare. Those who went to see the Nutcracker this past December will remember Clare as the gifted young dancer who performed the lead role of Clara. She also competed at the North American Youth Grand Prix Semi-finals last fall and has been invited to New York for the finals week.

This summer, she’ll be off to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer school. Although she’s auditioned and been accepted several times in the past, this will be her first time attending as in previous years, she’s opted to spend two summers in Toronto where she was also accepted by the National Ballet’s summer program. She’s also geared up to do the OSDI (Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive) again this year as well.

Having grown up watching Ballet Kelowna’s dancers through the windows at the CSB studio, she knows the life of a professional dancer is where she wants to be. And with results such as her recent win at provincials, she’s clearly soaring in the right direction.

Photo: Claire Flemming (credit: Glenna Turnball)

Related Post

About The Author


Okanagan Life captures the essence of life in the Okanagan Valley with informative and entertaining features on issues that matter to people who live or vacation in this great region, plus stories on Okanagan destinations, personalities, wine, food, history, outdoor recreation and more. We're now in our 30th year of publishing. Subscribe

Current Issue


Current Issue

Oct | Nov 2018 Okanagan Life


Upcoming Events

6:00 pm 10th Annual Global Gala @ Delta Grand Resort
10th Annual Global Gala @ Delta Grand Resort
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm
10th Annual Global Gala @ Delta Grand Resort | Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
The fourth-year nursing students from the University of British Columbia (UBCO), in partnership with Okanagan-Zambia Health Initiative (OkaZHI), proudly host the 10th Annual Global Gala. The Global Gala is the formal charity event that features[...]
7:00 pm Annual Innkeepers Gala to raise ... @ Hotel Eldorado
Annual Innkeepers Gala to raise ... @ Hotel Eldorado
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Annual Innkeepers Gala to raise funds for JoeAnna's House @ Hotel Eldorado | Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
29th Annual Innkeepers Gala to raise funds for regional families in need The Innkeeper’s Gala on Saturday November 24, continues a 29-year tradition of kicking off the holiday season in style to benefit a very important cause.[...]
5:00 pm Summerland Festival of Lights @ Downtown Summerland
Summerland Festival of Lights @ Downtown Summerland
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Summerland Festival of Lights @ Downtown Summerland | Victoria | Texas | United States
Summerland will switch-on of its downtown lights on Friday, November 30. Be treated to an evening of festive fun with a country twist. Presented by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and the District of Summerland,[...]

Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match