The National Ballet of Canada is partnering with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to bring YOU dance to schools and students virtually in this school year limited by COVID-19.
YOU dance workshops are designed for children in grades four to six to provide an opportunity to explore movement as a means of communication and as an art form.
Taught by YOU dance Artist Educators the 30 minute movement workshops provide a learning experience for both students and teachers. Resources are available to teachers to continue exploring dance as an art form and the various ways it can be used to enhance learning in the classroom.
In future classes, the company’s RBC Apprentices will also virtually visit TDSB classrooms to perform excerpts of ballet repertoire for the students.
“Over the last few years, my students have participated in YOU dance and I was saddened to think that this year my class would not be able to go downtown to experience the ballet. I was elated when the National Ballet reached out to me and said they would provide the programme virtually this year to include classes that were doing remote teaching! I truly appreciated that YOU dance staff worked so hard to communicate with me, to get feedback to modify the programme so my students could be actively involved and have an equitable experience without any barriers. Today was a phenomenal experience! Thank you, YOU dance!”
– Sheri Alcordo, Premier of Ontario's Teacher of the Year, 2012