In 2004/05 it was my sheer pleasure to begin choreographing on other dancers. I created two new contemporary ballets, commissioned by Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. “Kundulaian”, created in honor of lepers and street children, and “L’Esprit Eternel”, a contemporary ballet which takes pointe to its edges, have been seen by audiences in five Vancouver venues.
In 2005/06 ARIOLE ALEI DANCE (formerly Sharon Wehner Dance) planned its launch as a visionary ensemble company, uniting the best of the classical aesthetic with the innovation and rich expression of contemporary dance.
The universe coordinates life in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. Of eight major grant applications written and numerous Corporate Sponsorship acknowledgements of interest, no funds were received to this project.
And so I have been freed to co-launch HeartSong Solutions including HeartSong Matchmaking - "the world's first holistic matchmaking service designed for personal growth oriented singles" - as well as HeartSong Couples, Families, and Teens. And my husband Colin Hillstrom and I are publishing four books - to be released September 2006. They are HeartSong: Conversations About Love, Joy and Sex - Discover the Secret to a Fulfilling Love Relationship, When A Man Really Loves A Woman - Why We Must Love More And What To Do About It, Awakening Instinct * Running the Gauntlet * Windows Through Time - a trilogy, and Birds' Eye View - A Travel Guide to the Universe. For more information, please visit us at www.HeartSongSolutions.ca and www.veraxis.net.
Ariole K. Alei,
* See Artistic Director’s CV/Bio for details of her ‘temporary retirement’ activities.