Canada's National Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada Form YOU dance

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National
Ballet of Canada and Mavis Staines, Artistic Director of Canada's National
Ballet School, today announced a new joint project, YOU dance, designed for
children in grades four to six. This pilot project, the first joint initiative
of its kind for Canada's National Ballet School and The National Ballet of
Canada, YOU dance offers in-school movement workshops, innovative educational
activities and interactive performances. This is a three-tiered project
designed to accommodate 7,000 students in the greater Toronto area. YOU dance
is free of charge.
    YOU dance provides over 40 workshops across the GTA, specifically
designed to stimulate creative imagination and encourage physical activity.
This aspect of the program is designed and administered by Anuschka Roes,
Manager of Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program and
Laurel Toto, Manager of Canada's National Ballet School's Associates Program.
    All participating schools will experience one of the 35 performances by
YOU dance at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director of
the performing company, has selected four works designed specifically for the
age of the audience. Performances are an hour in length and include time for
discussion and a question and answer period with the artists. YOU dance
repertoire is Waltz Project by Peter Martins, Prayer by Benedikt Mac Isaac as
well as excerpts from Napoli by August Bournonville and George Balanchine's
Who Cares?
    The eight dancers of YOU dance are from The National Ballet of Canada's
RBC Apprenticeship Programme and include: James Clark, Antonella Martinelli,
Ian Parsons, Alexandra MacDonald, Heather Mac Isaac, Daniel Smith, Bryant
Steenstra and Sarah Wolff.
    YOU dance performances and workshops run from October, 2007 through
January, 2008.

    YOU dance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following
    for this programme:

    The Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Education and the
    Ministry of Culture
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation
    The Canada Council for the Arts

    YOU dance is supported in part by TELUS.
    The dancers of YOU dance are part of the RBC Apprentice Programme.

For further information:

For further information: Katharine Harris, Publicity Coordinator, The
National Ballet of Canada, (416) 345-9686 ext 321,;
Or Laura Cartledge, Media Relations & Communications Officer, Canada's
National Ballet School, (416) 964-3780 ext 2117,; Or
Linda Rimsay, Outreach Administrator, Canada's National Ballet School, T:
(416) 964-3780 x2073,; For more information visit

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