The National Ballet of Canada is committed to making the arts more accessible and connecting with different communities to promote movement, imagination, creative expression and an appreciation for the arts. Our goals are to find common ground in our shared passion for the joy and power of dance, while we engage with our community in a spirit of relevant and meaningful exchange.
“To me, YOU dance is integral to the functioning and the well-being of our arts organizations in Canada, to inspire kids, to let them know that dance is beautiful and can teach you so many things. You begin a cycle of understanding and a cycle of interest.”
First Soloist Siphesihle November
Our flagship programme, YOU dance, was initially designed to fill a gap in arts programming for students in grades 4 – 6, targeted to underserved areas, and has since expanded to YOU dance Movement Workshops, Performances, Relaxed Workshops and Performances, Residencies and an annual National Livestream – all of which are offered for free to make them truly accessible.
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Our Community Partners
The National Ballet partners with various agencies to connect with the community and deliver programming. Moving forward, we aim to strengthen and expand our partnerships in order to reach more members of our community and to do so in a way that is relevant, valuable and respectful.
In the fall of 2020, the National Ballet entered a formal partnership with VIBE Arts to create arts programming designed for children and youth in under resourced communities. The programmes include:
Panel Discussions and Workshops
Marketing and Digital Presence
A session for independent artists
Multi-week virtual education programme for children
An official partner with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the National Ballet is able to offer programming within schools and to partner with schools to address their specific needs.
Through the Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts (TAPA), the National Ballet extends an invitation for newcomers to Canada to attend their first National Ballet performance. In recent years, we’ve been proud to welcome Syrian refugees to performances, as well as other individuals and families connected to the 138 social service agencies with whom TAPA has established relationships.
Audience at Share the Magic. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Share the Magic
Since 1986, the National Ballet has worked directly with community groups to provide free tickets to children and their families to enjoy a free performance at the Four Seasons Centre. Each season, the National Ballet works with over 50 social service and community-based organizations.
Emily Cheung, Kevin A. Ormsby and Tanya Howard.
Sharing the Stage
The National Ballet is proud to invite artists from the wider dance community to teach a class and connect with audiences via our digital stage.
Discover More Dance
The National Ballet is committed to ensuring our spaces are inclusive and welcoming for all staff, audiences, donors and community members. One of our first actions was to designate gender-neutral washrooms in the Walter Carsen Centre. Through our efforts as part of the Staging Change process (a multi-year strategic investment program offered through The Metcalf Foundation in cooperation with EmcArts), we are examining the perceptions of our audience and community, by collecting feedback and suggestions, so we can improve accessibility to ballet and to ensure that all people feel welcome and valued. We are examining how to improve our outreach and initiatives to reduce barriers and promote inclusivity, such as the staff who deliver programming and how we serve the interests of the community.