Dance is for Everyone!

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to serving Canada’s diverse communities through dance, inspiring creativity, imagination, self-confidence and lifelong relationships with movement, music and the arts. Our education and community engagement programmes serve children and families, elementary and high school students, young adults, the Disability Community and the general public.

The National Ballet of Canada’s Education and Community Engagement programmes are generously supported by the Anna McCowan-Johnson Fund at The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.

YOU dance

YOU dance (Youth, Outreach and Understanding Dance) is a FREE programme designed for elementary students. Available in-schools, in theatre, via livestream, through a residency and a relaxed format, this multifaceted, hands-on programme provides a fun and engaging introduction to the artform of ballet.

Apprentices at the YOU Dance Residency at York University

Share the Magic

The National Ballet of Canada’s Share the Magic programme provides free access to live ballet performances. Since its inception in 1986, Share the Magic has brought the joy of dance to 110,000 audience members at absolutely no cost.

Tirion Law and Siphesihle November in The Nutcracker.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome the Disability Community and those who find access to the arts limited, to enjoy ballet in a more relaxed and approachable environment.

Audience members at a YOU dance performance

Student Matinees and SHSM

The National Ballet of Canada offers student matinees for only $15 a ticket and provides teachers with a study guide to help prepare students for a live performance. We also offer workshops by arts professionals for Specialist High Skills Major high school students.

Audience member at a performance

Class on Stage

A unique opportunity to see the dancers of The National Ballet of Canada in the daily ritual of company class, elevated to an on-stage experience at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Artists of the Ballet in Company Class

Creative Action

Creative Action shares The National Ballet of Canada’s resources with the Canadian dance community and develops Canadian choreographic talent.

Artist of the Ballet

We're Here to Help

For more information on The National Ballet of Canada’s Education and Community Engagement programmes, please contact

Top Photo: Tene Ward at a YOU dance performance. Photo by Edwin Luk.