Shale Wagman

Vlad invited me to be involved in launching the very first BTA show. His dream was to bridge emerging artists and students with professional artist giving both the student and professional an opportunity to collaborate and experience something truly amazing and rewarding for all. Vlad brought his work ethic and artistic vision to BTA, sharing it with the students and professionals. He also brought other talented and well respected choreographers who taught us all how to convey a story. My passion as a dancer and artist came to life as I interpreted Vlad’s vision through his direction. I performed in Prima Volta at age 9, Senses at 10, On the Sawdust Trail  as the lead “young boy” at 11, and Checkmate as the lead “Noah” at 12. Having been a part of BTA has left me with wonderful memories. I cherish the many friendships and connections I have made. I will always be grateful to Vlad and BTA. I would highly recommend BTA to serious dancers considering careers in dance and the arts. I would also encourage young people and all those interested in the arts to attend the performances. Watching is not just observing. It is a unique experience for the individual. 


Starting at the age of 6, Shale began training with Vlad Novitski in contemporary , tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, and acro competing for 6 years. During that time he was awarded many regional and national titles. At age 9, Shale also began studying vocal music, violin, drama, and visual arts at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto. It was there that he was discovered by the artistic director and producer of “A Night at Massey Hall”, where he improvised a dance solo to a full house with a 20 piece band playing Frank Zappa’s, “I am the Slime”. Through that performance he was approached to be in a Maxwell House commercial which was the subject of an optimism campaign featuring “colourblind”, the solo Shale had performed earlier that year. When Shale was 11, he was a finalist and the judge’s favourite on Canada’s Got Talent. From there he was cast in the movies: An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight and StageFright. Shale began training exclusively in classical and contemporary ballet at 13 under the tutelage of Tatiana Stepanova. That same year Shale became the Youth Grand Prix winner of the prestigious international ballet competition, YAGP, where he performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York City and was offered several scholarships to schools including the acclaimed: Bolshoi Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, Harid Conservatory,  and Academie Princess Grace of Monte Carlo where he currently resides and trains with Michael Rahn (former teacher of Benjamin Milipied) and is under the direction of Luca Masala. Shale has worked with many choreographers, most notably Marco Goecke, resident choreographer at Stuttgart ballet and choreographer in NDT. He made the piece La Valse, which he created for Shale as a soloist. It was performed at the legendary Opera Garnier de Monte Carlo where Princess Caroline was in attendance. Shale also works with Jean Christophe Maillot (Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlos) and was in the famous production of Casse Noisette Compagnie (showcased in 450 cinemas in Europe) sharing the stage with Bolshoi Ballet principals, Artem Ovcharenko and Olga Smirnova. In addition to being a dancer, Shale is also a choreographer. Most recently he self-choreographed a piece called Dysfunctioning Robot performed at the Futurum Project in Monte Carlo with Prince Albert of Monaco in attendance. IN august of 2016 Shale danced The Nutcracker male variation at the Gala of the Stars in California sharing the stage with some of the most well respected principal dancers in the world , including Maria Kotchetkova, Danil Simkin, Xander Parish, and Yuan Yuan Tan to name a few.