Access the world’s best dance
Turnout is an exciting group of young professionals that is building the future of The National Ballet of Canada. Turnout members receive rare access to the dancers and artists who are creating some of the most imaginative and innovative dance works in the world.
Join Turnout and be among today’s young leaders in arts discovery and support. Connect and socialize with some of Toronto’s most passionate art lovers, vibrant personalities and leading influencers from the cultural and professional worlds. Attend specially designed events offered only to Turnout members to enhance an appreciation of great dance.
An annual fee of $600 includes the Friday Night Theatre Experience ($340) and a Turnout donation ($260) – and earns you the very best access the arts world has to offer. Your charitable gift helps build the future of the National Ballet by supporting the RBC Apprentice Programme to train young dancers.
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Turnout events are designed for members to explore the exciting world of dance and socialize with like-minded arts enthusiasts. Throughout the year, Turnout offers opportunities to watch rehearsals, meet the dancers, engage with the creative and production artists, attend special workshops and come behind the scenes to experience the energy and excitement of Canada’s premier dance company.
Friday Night Theatre Experience
Your Friday Night Theatre Experience includes a ticket to three National Ballet performances, plus a complimentary drink in the Rotman Terrace at intermission with the opportunity to network with other Turnout members.
December 7, 2012
The Four Seasons & Emergence
March 22, 2013
Pur ti Miro & No. 24 & The Man in Black & Theme and Variations
June 21, 2013
Turnout Behind-the-Scenes Events
Turnout at the Barre
February 5, 2013
Turnout Tour and Rehearsal
May 29, 2013
Dress Rehearsal: Carmen
June 4, 2013
And many other special benefits.
Please note events and dates are subject to change.
The Turnout leadership is a committee of volunteers who have initiated this new group to celebrate the help young arts patrons develop a passionate relationship with the National Ballet.
Melanie Dowhaniuk - Co-Chair
Allison Freeman - Co-Chair
Jonathan Renna, First Soloist - Honorary Co-Chair
Krista Dowson, Corps de Ballet member - Honorary Co-Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Turnout
the best access to the world of dance: a
subscription to three National Ballet performances plus admission to behind the
scenes events. Turnout members may enjoy these opportunities to meet the
artists and learn more about the National Ballet alongside other young
What is unique about the
Turnout members are being offered the best value, saving 40%
off the regular subscription price, and are seated with other members of
Turnout in the Orchestra level. At
intermission, members can network and socialize together with a complimentary
What happens if I join after
the first ballet of the subscription?
If you join Turnout after the December 7 performance of Giselle, then the National Ballet will provide
performance tickets to the remaining ballets in the package on a case by case
If I already have a subscription, can I still
join Turnout by contributing the donation portion of the membership fee?
Yes. If you already have a subscription, you can donate $260 to
the RBC Apprentice Programme to join Turnout and receive all event invitations
and Turnout recognition.
What does my membership support?
The donation portion of the Turnout
membership supports the RBC Apprentice Programme.
The RBC Apprentice Programme
is the National Ballet’s primary means of developing young dancers. Graduates
of this programme fill the ranks not only of the National Ballet, but also of
respected dance companies worldwide. Thanks to the generous support of our
donors, the National Ballet is able to provide talented young dancers with the
performance experience and mentoring they require to excel as professional
When is a good
time to join Turnout?
Anytime! A Turnout membership is valid
for one year, with renewal at the anniversary of joining. Turnout members will
be invited to all events within that year, even if it crosses the National
Ballet’s performance seasons.
What if I want to bring a
If you wish to bring a guest to a performance, we can place
you and your guest together for that performance. Call Audience and Donor
Services (416 345 9595) to purchase the extra ticket. You may have to exchange
your seat in order for you to sit with your guest.
If you wish to bring a guest to an event to help introduce
friends to Turnout, then please indicate your desire when you RSVP.
How do I pay?
Your Friday night subscription must be paid in full at the
time of purchase. You can pay by cheque or credit card. You can pay your
charitable contribution in full or in monthly instalments.
How can I do more?
There are many ways to get more involved!
- Tell your friends about Turnout and encourage them to join
you for an event or performance.
- Sign up for Ballet News and like
Turnout on Facebook.
- Attend the Ballet Talk prior to each performance (45 minutes
before each performance).
- Volunteer for Turnout by joining the Turnout Cabinet or becoming
What is the difference between
a working rehearsal and a dress rehearsal?
A working rehearsal takes place in the studios of the
National Ballet’s home – The Walter Carsen Centre. The dancers may still be
learning the choreography or working to perfect it. The dancers usually rehearse
to piano accompaniment.
The dress rehearsal is the last full rehearsal before a
performance. It takes place on stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the
Performing Arts, with full sets, costumes, makeup and orchestra. It closely approximates
the performance so that everyone can see how all the elements of the production
are working together.
Why are some events paid while
others are free?
Some events incur costs and therefore the National ballet, as
a registered charity, must charge a nominal fee to recover expenses. We do this
to maintain fiscal responsibility to our donor family, to keep fundraising
costs to a minimum and to ensure that your full donation supports the young
dancers in the RBC Apprentice Programme.
Is there a dress code for the
Four Seasons Centre?
We encourage you to wear whatever you're comfortable in. You may enjoy
dressing up for a night out at the theatre; you may come directly from work or
you may feel most comfortable in a nice
pair of jeans. Feel free to make your own choice so that you can best enjoy your
Join Turnout now to access the world’s best dance
An annual fee of $600 helps you access the world's best dance and helps to build the future of The National Ballet of Canada. In appreciation of your generosity, Turnout offers you opportunities to access the very best the arts world has to offer. In addition, you will receive a tax receipt for the Turnout donation ($260).
Core purpose – why we exist
To help build an exciting and sustainable future for The National Ballet of Canada.
Vision – where we are going, and how we’ll know we’re there
Turnout's vibrant community will make The National Ballet the arts destination for young people in Toronto.
Mission – what we do every day to get there
We inspire the next generation of Toronto arts supporters to build a passionate relationship with ballet.
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