Creative Action shares The National Ballet of Canada’s resources with the Canadian dance community and develops Canadian choreographic talent. Created by Artistic Director Emerita Karen Kain and led by Director of Artist Development Programmes and Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, Creative Action has three core activities.

Creative Action is generously supported by The H. John McDonald Foundation, Lucille Joseph & Urban Joseph, O.C., and an Anonymous donor.

Open Space

The National Ballet provides over 2,000 hours of free studio space each season at The Walter Carsen Centre, free of charge, to independent choreographers for one to two-week periods.

The application process for the 2024/25 season will open at the end of the summer. Stay tuned for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you into our studios.

Artist at an Open Space workshop

Choreographic Workshop

The Choreographic Workshop is a platform that provides National Ballet dancers and independent choreographers the opportunity to create works in collaboration with the company’s artists, music and production staff, within the National Ballet’s facilities.

Artists of the Ballet


Each season, the National Ballet will commission choreographers to create three new small scale, flexible and innovative dance works that can be presented in a wide variety of contexts.

Artists of the Ballet