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About Us

Access the world’s best dance

Turnout is an exclusive group of young professionals that are working together to build the future of The National Ballet of Canada. Turnout members receive unique access to the dancers and artists who create 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. Network 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 your knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form. 

Since the 2013/14 Season has begun, the annual fee of $600 has been reduced to $400 and includes two Friday Night Theatre Experience performance ($214), a Turnout donation ($186) and earns you behind-the-scenes access to the best in ballet. 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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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 Contacts: 

Kristina Schreiber
Manager, Special Events and Turnout
416 345 9686 x324
Taylor LaFontaine
Coordinator, Special Events and Turnout
416 345 9686 x387


Turnout Member Benefits for the 2013/14 Season


  • Invitation to Turnout Season Opening Party at Soho House
  • One Orchestra level ticket to three ballet performances throughout the 2013/14 season including one drink ticket per performance
  • Invitation to exclusive Turnout post-performance receptions at Little Anthony's on Turnout performance evenings
  • One ticket to a dress rehearsal during the 2013/14 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 2013/14 National Ballet season (excluding The Nutcracker) 
  • Subscription to Preview quarterly newsletter
  • Subscription to Turnout quarterly newsletter
  • Invitations to other special events throughout the year
  • Charitable tax receipt for $279 (highest allowable amount as per CRA guidelines)

For more information, please email 



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, plus a drink in the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge at intermission with the opportunity to network with other Turnout members and Patrons alike.

   November 22, 2013 

   March 21, 2014

   Spectre de la Rose & Opus 19/The Dreamer & the second detail
   May 30, 2014

Turnout Behind-the-Scenes Events  

    Turnout Season Opening Party 
    September 24, 2013
    Soho House

    Watch the Dancers in rehearsal
    October 28, 2013
    The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada

    Dress Rehearsal: Swan Lake
    November 8, 2013
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

    Turnout at the Barre + Tour
     February 11, 2014
     The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada

    Apprentice Meet & Greet 
    April 7, 2014
    Soho House

Please note events and dates are subject to change.

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For more information, please email 

2013/14 Turnout Cabinet

Melanie Dowhaniuk
Allison Freeman

Cabinet Members
Vanessa Antinucci
Gargi Chopra
Lindsay Cook
Kerri Craddock
Stephanie Daub
Flora Do
Roxanne Earle
Marie-Christine Joly
Jonathan Voigt

Dancer Representatives
Krista Dowson, Corps de Ballet
Giorgio Galli, Corps de Ballet

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For more information, please email 

National Ballet Staff Contacts 

Kristina Schreiber
Manager, Special Events and Turnout
416 345 9686 x324

Taylor LaFontaine
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 $279 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 young 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 events are only available to Turnout members.  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.

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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