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.

Participating Organizations:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Cedarvale Terrace Long Term Care Home
Canadian Nurses Association
Copernicus Lodge
Guelph Firefighters
Guelph First Responders
Halton Healthcare
McMaster Children's Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
Ontario Nurses Association
Queen West Community Health Centre
Sick Kids
St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa
The Roxborough Retirement Residence
Toronto Police Services
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network: Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab and Michener Institute

Gratitude Class: Lower Body Stretch for Hospital Workers

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.

Gratitude Class: Full Body Wake Up for First Responders

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


Gratitude Class: 911 Dispatch Chair Stretch

Principal Dancer 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.

Gratitude Class: Movement Stretch for Long Term Care and Health Workers

Principal Character Artist Stephanie Hutchinson created this movement of simple stretches for Long-Term Care and Health Workers that can be done in full or in part.

Gratitude Class: Restorative Movement for Hospital Workers

Corps de Ballet member Nicholas Rose created a restorative movement class for Hospital Workers that relaxes the entire body.

Gratitude Class: Full Body Stretch for Toronto Police Services

Principal Dancer Heather Ogden created this ballet inspired workout for Toronto Police Services to give them a moment to stretch and reset during their day.