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About Us

Access. Engage. Inspire.

Turnout, The National Ballet of Canada's membership group for professionals between the ages of 25-40, offers curated behind-the-scenes events and performances with exclusive opportunities to meet the dancers of the company. Join Turnout and engage with other arts lovers and leading influencers from the cultural and professional sectors while supporting the best in dance and the artists of tomorrow.

Your membership includes a Friday Night Theatre Experience subscription (one ticket per member, per performance), one drink ticket and a post-performance reception at Little Anthony's Italian + Bar, access to events offered only to Turnout members to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form as well as a charitable donation in support of the RBC Apprentice Programme. Your charitable gift, for which you will receive a charitable tax receipt, helps build the future of the National Ballet by supporting the artists of the future and providing them with invaluable training and performance experiences.

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The National Ballet of Canada is a registered charity.
Charitable Registration Number 11905 1449 RR0001


For more information and to join Turnout, please email 

 National Ballet Staff Contact:  

Taylor LaFontaine
Senior Coordinator, Special Events and Turnout
416 345 9686 x387


Turnout Member Benefits for the 2014/15 Season


  • Invitation to Turnout Season Opening Party at Soho House
  • One Orchestra level ticket to three ballet performances throughout the 2014/15 season including one drink ticket per performance 
  • Invitation to exclusive Turnout post-performance receptions at Little Anthony's Italian + Bar on Turnout performance evenings
  • One ticket to a dress rehearsal during the 2014/15 season
  • Access to three additional networking/cultural events
  • Opportunity to mix and mingle with the Apprentices of the National Ballet
  • Year-round access to the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge with any ticket purchase throughout the 2014/15 National Ballet season (excluding The Nutcracker) 
  • Subscription to Preview quarterly newsletter
  • Subscription to Turnout quarterly e-newsletter
  • Invitations to other special events throughout the year
  • Charitable tax receipt for donation to the RBC Apprentice Programme

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Turnout events are designed for members to explore the exciting world of dance and network with like-minded arts enthusiasts. Throughout the year, Turnout offers opportunities to sit-in on rehearsals, meet the dancers, attend special workshops and get behind-the-scenes access to experience the energy and excitement of Canada's premiere dance company. 

Friday Night Theatre Experience
Your Friday Night Theatre Experience includes an orchestra level ticket to three select National Ballet performances (one ticket per member per performance), plus a drink in the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge at intermission with the opportunity to network with other Turnout members and patrons of the National Ballet. All members will be invited to a reception at Little Anthony's Italian + Bar following the performances.

   November 14, 2014 night's bright day...
   March 6, 2015

   Shostakovich Trilogy (Parts 1 and 3) & Being and Nothingness
   June 5, 2015
   All members are invited to a year-end celebration following this performance 

Turnout Behind-the-Scenes Events  

    Turnout Season Opening Party 
    September 23, 2014
    Soho House

    Private Screening of Giselle
    October 14, 2014
    TIFF Bell Lightbox
    *Opportunity to invite guests (subject to event fees) 

    Dress Rehearsal of Nijinsky
    November 21, 2014
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

    Watch the Dancers in the Studio
     February 18, 2015
     The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada

    Backstage Tour & Tea Party
    March 17, 2015
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
    *Opportunity to invite guests (subject to event fees) 

Please note events and dates are subject to change.

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2014/15 Turnout Cabinet

Melanie Dowhaniuk
Allison Freeman

Cabinet Members
Vanessa Antinucci
Catherine Barry
Flora Do
Gabriel Fain
Marie-Christine Joly
Jonathan Voigt
Scott Wu

Dancer Representatives
Chelsy Meiss, Second Soloist
Giorgio Galli, Corps de Ballet

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For more information, please email 

National Ballet Staff Contact: 

Taylor LaFontaine
Senior Coordinator, Special Events and Turnout
416 345 9686 x387

 Frequently Asked Questions

How is Turnout structured? 
Turnout offers the best access to the world of dance:  a subscription to three National Ballet performances in orchestra seating plus admission to behind-the-scenes events. Turnout members will have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about the National Ballet alongside other young professionals.

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 dancers.

When is a good time to join Turnout? 
Although you can join Turnout at any time, you will receive maximum benefit of your membership fee by registering in July, August or September before the Turnout Season Opening Party.  Please see the events page to find out more information about upcoming events.

What happens if I join after the first ballet of the subscription?
If you join Turnout after the first or second performance in the subscription series, discounted pricing is available to allow you to enjoy the remainder of the Season.

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 to the RBC Apprentice Programme to join Turnout and receive all event access and Turnout recognition.  Please make note of this on your registration form.  We do not offer an events-only membership option if you are not a National Ballet subscriber.

 Is there an age restriction for joining Turnout?
Turnout was created to bring together professionals with an interest in the arts. Our target audience is between the ages of 25-40.

What if I want to bring a guest?
If you wish to bring a guest to a performance as part of the Friday Night Experience, you can call Audience and Donor Services (416 345 9595) to purchase an extra ticket.  You may have to exchange your seat in order for you to sit with your guest as tickets are pre-assigned.

Turnout members have the opportunity to bring guests to select Turnout events (subject to event fee). Please see our schedule of events for the list of events open to guests. If you know someone who is interested in Turnout, we would be happy to host them at a future event as a trial. Please email for more information. 

Can I exchange my ticket(s)?
Exchanges are subject to upgrade charges and a $6.00 per ticket service charge applies. Please call Audience and Donor Services at 416 345 9686 for any ticket exchange inquiries. 

How do I pay?
Your Turnout membership must be paid in full at the time of purchase. You can pay by cheque or credit card.

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.

A dress rehearsal is the last full rehearsal before a productions opening night 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. There are occasional corrections made during the rehearsal to perfect the final product.

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, 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 performance experience

How can I do more?
There are many ways to get more involved! 

  • Tell your friends about Turnout and encourage them to join .
  • Like Turnout on Facebook and share the programme with your social media network
  • Volunteer for Turnout by applying to join the Turnout Cabinet or becoming an ambassador.  For more information, please email
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