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Heather Ogden in Swan Lake. Photo by David Cooper.

Dancers First

About Dancers First

Invest in talent

The National Ballet of Canada’s Dancers First program is a unique opportunity to celebrate and support our most valuable asset—our talented and acclaimed artists. The National Ballet is committed to providing dancers with dynamic repertoire to perform, competitive salaries, a wellness and health care programme and the best coaches, teachers and guest artists.

Donors to Dancers First are able to cultivate a relationship with a company member and follow the progress of his or her career and on-stage accomplishments with pride, knowing they have helped contribute directly to that dancer’s development. Every donor is invited to exclusive Dancers First events and opportunities to watch rehearsals in addition to receiving special acknowledgements associated with a sponsored dancer.

Your support of Dancers First will help the National Ballet attract and retain a roster of the best dancers in the world.

For more information about supporting the National Ballet’s dancers, please contact:

Kate Halpenny
Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts
416 345 9686 x378 

Our Donors


“We always experience joy in watching Elena dance. Through the Dancers First programme, we get the pleasure and satisfaction of watching a young artist develop.”
– Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan 

Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan. 


“My family was my example. We grew up with the belief that if you really love something, you do something about it. You have to be more than a spectator – you need to get involved. Donations are important and I want to think that I can be of some help. Through the Dancers First programme, I am invited to rehearsals and performances as well as to the annual Dancers First dinner. I appreciate the opportunity to get to know and understand the dancers a bit better.”
– Diana St. B. Weatherall

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.