Dancers First

Inspiring Excellence

Dancers First offers a unique connection to the incredible passion and dedication of the dancers of The National Ballet of Canada. Donors to Dancers First help provide the resources that support our roster of dancers in every aspect of their career-training, performance and well-being. In return, Dancers First donors enjoy aligning their support with a particular dancer and experiencing the rewards of inspiring their every success on stage.

In addition, the programme present the Rolex Dancers First award each year which recognizes extraordinary performances. The award is open to all company members, with one recipient annually.

"Every time I watch a National Ballet performance I am enchanted by the incredible beauty and endless possibilities of what our dancers can do and by how compelling and engaging their performances are. This joy and pride is magnified as a result of my gifts through Dancers First, a programme that enables a deeper appreciation of the company and its remarkable artists." Gretchen Ross, Chair, Dancers First

Dancers First View Gallery

As a Dancers First member, you will witness the impact of your generosity on the artistic life of the company through highly personalized events and exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities such as post-performance backstage visits and rehearsal viewings, designed to connect you to the professional development of your sponsored dancer.

“Knowing there is someone out there in the audience supporting my progress in the company is extremely encouraging. Through Dancers First I get to know that person and build a connection with them, sharing the excitement of being part of such a fine art form.” Giorgio Galli, Corps de Ballet member

Support a dancer of the National Ballet with a gift starting at $25,000.

For information about inspiring our artists, please contact:
Joanna Ivey
Associate Director, Major Gifts
416 345 9686 x347

Esprit de Corps

Producers Circle

Production Builders

Music Circle


Top image credit: Naoya Ebe in Company Class. Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim.