Gratitude Classes

The National Ballet of Canada’s Gratitude Classes are our way of pitching in to support frontline essential service workers. We hope the free classes, that are tailored to the needs each organization and group, provide a brief reprieve to these heroes, lifting spirits and boosting morale before heading back to the frontlines.

If you, or someone you know, is a frontline essential services worker and are interested in a Gratitude Class with a specific focus, please email us at and we would love to assist.

First Soloist Tanya Howard created this stretch video for Hospital Workers that specifically targets the legs and lower back to counteract long days spent on their feet.

Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez created this rigourous warm-up video for Fire Fighters and Emergency First Responders to do before their long shifts.


Artist-in-Residence Greta Hodgkinson created this ballet inspired chair stretch video for 911 dispatchers that specifically targets the neck, shoulders and upper back to counteract long days spent seated.

Principal Character Artist Stephanie Hutchison created this movement of simple stretches for Long-Term Care and Health Workers that can be done in full or in part.
Participating Organizations:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Cedarvale Terrace Long Term Care Home
Canadian Nurses Association
Chartwell Brant Centre Long Term Care Residence
Copernicus Lodge
Credit Valley Hospital
Guelph Firefighters
Guelph First Responders
Halton Healthcare
McMaster Children's Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
Ontario Nurses Association
Queen West Community Health Centre
St Michael's Hospital
St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
The Roxborough Retirement Residence
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network: Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab and Michener Institute
Unity Health Toronto