10 Things 2017

10 Things 2017

10 Things Donors Supported in 2017

The first half of the exciting 2017/18 season featured great performances, engaging community events and two international engagements.

Thank you to our generous donors for supporting The National Ballet of Canada's artists and activities, helping us share our joy of dance and inspire the imagination.

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10 Things Donors Supported in 2017:

The National Ballet of Canada in Paris

1 Tour to Paris

In October, the National Ballet performed Nijinsky, a Ballet by John Neumeier, for a total of 4,222 people in Paris, the company’s first appearance there in 45 years. The performances of Nijinsky in Toronto in November were enjoyed by 11,709 audience members.




3 Performances in London

In London, 2,367 people attended three performances of The Dreamers Ever Leave You, an immersive work by Robert Binet, at Printworks, Canada Water.


A Dancer's Role: Piotr Stanczyk on The Winter's Tale

310 Hours of Rehearsal

The dancers rehearsed for a total of 310 hours to prepare The Winter’s Tale by Christopher Wheeldon, seen in November by 14,308 people.



5 Million Viewers

Five million viewers tuned in to the World Ballet Day Live broadcast on October 5 for behind-the-scenes access to Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

5 YOU dance Performances

YOU dance began its season with five performances for 1,050 students in grades four to six, including one performance for 260 guests with special needs.



68 Dancer Health Screening Tests

Part of the Dancer Wellness Programme, the entire company of dancers was invited to participate in a day long process for benchmark testing on strength, power, endurance and flexibility, as well as general health.


1,600 Share the Magic Attendees

The National Ballet invited 1,600 children and families in need to share the magic and beauty of ballet with a free presentation of The Nutcracker.


50 Organizations at Dance Mosaic

To celebrate Canada 150, 1,900 people from 50 dance organizations attended Dance Mosaic, a celebration of cultural dance in Canada representing 39 different countries.


44,750 Enjoy The Nutcracker

44,750 people attended The Nutcracker by James Kudelka, a favourite holiday tradition for many families.


42 Performances

An essential part of the live ballet experience, The National Ballet Orchestra performed a total of 42 performances of The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky and The Nutcracker.

Skylar Campbell and Elena Lobsanova in The Dreamers Ever Leave You. Jordana Daumec in rehearsal for World Ballet Day. Apprentices at a YOU dance performance. Jenna Savella at the barre. Share the Magic participant. Tina Pereira with Dance Mosaic participants. Artists of the Ballet in The Nutcracker. The National Ballet Orchestra. Photos by Aleksandar Antonijevic, Karolina Kuras, Paul McNulty and Bruce Zinger.