March 28, 2019

Fundraising Gala Takes Place June 12, 2019

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the company’s annual fundraising gala MAD HOT BALLET: Desert Dream will take place on June 12, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

MAD HOT BALLET: Desert Dream promises to be an unforgettable night inspired by the beauty and the warmth of the desert sands. “One of the top 10 hottest Canadian party tickets” (The Globe and Mail), MAD HOT BALLET has raised over $13 million since 2007. This year, over $1 million is anticipated to be raised in one evening in support of the National Ballet artists and performances.

The signature evening will begin with a gala performance followed by a themed reception in the lobby and a gala dinner onstage. The gala event attracts ballet lovers as well as luminaries from the cultural, social, fashion and corporate spheres.

“We are so honoured to serve as co-chairs of this year’s MAD HOT BALLET, the company’s largest fundraising event of the year. We get so much joy from giving back to the National Ballet that we want to open the experience to others and spark their enthusiasm for the captivating performances that inspire us all. Our theme, Desert Dream, will bring ballet lovers together under a warm desert glow surrounded by rich, luxurious colours and textures,” said Rana Florida and Rochelle de Goias, this year’s gala committee co-chairs.

Tickets are now on sale.

Date and Venue:
June 12, 2019
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

MAD HOT BALLET VIP Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner
Single Ticket: $1,500
Tables of 10: $25,000 and $15,000
Tickets can be purchased by calling 416 345 1944.

MAD HOT BALLET Performance Party
Single Ticket: From $45
Tickets can be purchased by calling 416 (1 866) 345 9595 or online at

MAD HOT BALLET: Desert Dream Website >


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MAD HOT BALLET Presenting Sponsor CIBC.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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