Dance Department Chair
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Amalia Schelhorn spent most of her decade-long performing career touring North America and Europe with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. She was the first member to be promoted directly from the corps to the rank of the first soloist. Her repertoire encompassed solo roles in many of the great classic and contemporary ballets. She was especially noted for the roles she created for then resident choreographer Constantin Patsalas. After a period freelancing in operas, modern dance, and jazz, Amalia and her husband moved to Vancouver Island to raise their four children. Many of her students have gone on to major professional schools and companies in Canada and the U.S. She was the assistant artistic director of Dancestreams Youth Company and the rehearsal mistress of Ballet Victoria during its first two seasons. She adjudicates dance festivals, guest teaches, choreographs for dance and theatre and continues to perform. She has produced her own show Momnipotence and Other Expressions of Motherhood. In addition to her position at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Amalia teaches at Raino Dance and The Victoria Academy of Ballet. She has been recognized as an honorary member of the University of Victoria’s chapter of the International Golden Key Society. Amalia likes to continually broaden her knowledge and to remember what it feels like to be the student through her forays into yoga and various dance forms. She loves the artistic cross-pollination that occurs at the college and looks forward to meeting the incoming students for the 2016 – 2017 season.