You dance Canada


Nikki Holck warming up for a YOU dance performance. Photo by Bruce Zinger.
Lisa Robinson and spectators at a YOU dance performance. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.


Repertoire for YOU dance performances has been specially selected for students in Grades four to six. Performances are enhanced by pre- and post-performance discussions and curriculum-based teacher resources for each classroom.

YOU dance performances are held in the intimate setting of the Betty Oliphant Theatre and are an hour in length. The dancers are all graduates of Canada's National Ballet School or other internationally renowned training institutions.

Theatre doors open at 12:15 pm
Times: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
Grades: 4 to 6
Cost: FREE with participating in a YOU dance workshop
Maximum number of tickets: 250

Performance Dates:

  • January 19, 20, 21, 22 and 26, 2015
  • February 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2015
  • May 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2015

  • Bookings for 2014/15 begin June 4, 2014. Register >

    Live stream dates coming soon!

    All grades four, five and six from school boards across Canada are invited to sign up for the hour and fifteen minutes-long live streamed YOU dance performance featuring The National Ballet of Canada Apprentices and a pianist. The performance will be hosted by Education and Outreach Manager Lisa Robinson.

    Performance Venue

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    The Betty Oliphant Theatre
    404 Jarvis Street
    Toronto, ON
    M4Y 2G6
    (416) 964-5148

    2014/15 Season

    Concerto for Two Keyboards
    Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
    Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

    An abstract work for six dancers that challenges the dancers to use standard classroom steps to illustrate the complex structure of Bach's music.

    Choreography: Robert Binet
    Music: Alexander Scriabin

    This work for four dancers is a postlude, as a opposed to a prelude. It shows us what happens after, rather than before the main action. These two couples have been at some formal event, as can be seen from the women's clothing. On returning home the consequences of what happened earlier are revealed. While Scriabin's music is more contemporary, the ballet nonetheless recalls the wistful quality of the traditional American song, "After the Ball" by William K. Harris

    Dance of the Commedians
    Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
    Music: Bedřich Smetana

    The ballet uses the well known music from Smetana's Opera, "The Bartered Bride". The dancers use removable clown noses for a light-hearted exploration of the way conventions of dress and appearance define membership in a group.

    Pas de Deux
    Don Quixote

    Choreography: Petipa
    Music: Minkus

    Flower Festival in Genzano
    Choreography: August Bournonville
    Music: Edvard Helsted

    Kermesse in Bruges
    Choreography: August Bournonville
    Music: Holger Simon Paulli

    One of these, or a similar classical pas de deux, will give the dancers the opportunity to discover the challenges and rewards of the standard classical repertory. It will give the students in the audience a taste of the extraordinary physical control required of an expert classical dancer, and the near magical effect of seeing the control exercised for theatrical effect. These pas de deux’s also make excellent examples of the power that movement has to convey fundamental personal characteristics, and the relationships that people form as a result. These works present the dancer with a very specific physical challenge. He or she must reproduce the movement as it was originally choreographed many decades ago with as much consistency as is humanly possible, and yet dance it as a living expression of an absolutely current individual emotional state.

    Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto/YOU dance collaboration Choreography: Lindsay Fischer
    Music: Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto

    The Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto composed this short work at the request of YOU dance for a piece that could serve as the finale to our performances. This allows YOU dance to recognize another of the vibrant immigrant communities that are part of Canada's exceptional diversity, and at the same time demonstrate that what one sees at a Ballet performance is as varied and wide-ranging as the people in the audience. The Persian influenced costumes and the exotic character of the music remind us that dance is deeply rooted in all cultures, and that whatever our personal backgrounds may be, the joy of moving to music reaches us all.