Origin of Name

“Ballet” is a specialized type of dance, originating in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French courts, used in social settings and used by the people to tell their stories through movement.  This dance form was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert dance form.

The term "creole", meaning "native to the locality", refers to people born and raised in the Caribbean, but of mixed European and African descent. The term also refers to the Creole language which developed in the African diaspora as a common language for inhabitants coming from so many different linguistic and cultural groups. 

Similarly, the Ballet Creole repertoire reflects the multicultural fusion characteristic of Caribbean culture for centuries.  Indeed, Ballet Creole represents the forging of a new language, a unique blending of dance traditions from the old world and the new world. For the past twenty years the Company has sought to bring forth old traditions, nurturing their evolution in this North American "new world" thereby establishing a dynamic new artistic tradition in Canada. The result is a continuous creation of new energy through dance.

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