Residency Programme

Residency Programme

About the Programme

The National Ballet of Canada’s Residency Programme provides studio space to dance artists in the GTA. Artists and their collaborators may be in residence for one to two weeks. The programme is open to applications from the public.

The programme aims to support a wide variety of dance genres and disciplines, sharing the National Ballet’s resources with the local dance community. Dance artists at any place in their career working on movement research, a new creation or further developing an existing work are all encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage applications from gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, visible minorities and indigenous artists. The selections will be made by an advisory committee made up of the National Ballet’s Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Human Body Expression Hanna Kiel and Choreographer and Artistic Director of KasheDance Kevin Ormsby.

The committee will aim to dedicate approximately one-third of the space to projects focused on movement research, one-third of the space to artists who have an upcoming performance and need to get the work ready for stage and one-third of the space to artists who are revising or re-staging existing works for further performances. The committee will look for applicants that are focused on movement development as there is no capacity to bring production elements (i.e. sets, technical equipment) into the studios.

The studio spaces available for residencies are those used by the National Ballet for rehearsals and therefore only non-marking footwear is permitted. Due to the sprung floor and vinyl surface, any footwear that creates high impact in a small area (i.e. stiletto heels) is not permitted as it could permanently damage the floor. Sound equipment and pianos are available for rehearsal purposes. No large equipment or set pieces can be brought into the studios, and nothing can be stored overnight.

A week-long residency will consist of at least five and up to seven days in the studio and a two-week residency will be double that. Please note that the days may not follow a typical Monday to Friday schedule. The studios will generally be available to those participating in the residencies from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays, 3:30 pm to 9:00pm on Saturdays and 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sundays. There is a cap on 20 participants in any residency. In select cases there may be an opportunity to organize an in-studio showing of the work being developed through The National Ballet of Canada and in those cases more people may be invited into the studio. Participants will be expected to sign a waiver and release prior to entering the studio.

More dates will be announced, and the application process will reopen, in January 2019.

If you have any questions about the Programme please email

Residency Programme Calendar
Exact dates and times are subject to change