Dance Community Celebrates Significant Investment

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) is
honoured to announce that long-time ballet supporters Jerry and Joan Lozinski
have made a $1 million dollar donation to Canada's National Ballet School
Foundation. The gift comes as a part of their three-tier commitment to dance
in Canada with The National Ballet Endowment Foundation also receiving
$1 million dollars and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre receiving
    Long time supporters of NBS, Mr. and Mrs. Lozinski have shown immense
dedication, generosity and vision towards Canada's pre-eminent ballet school.
Joan, an active Cabinet Member with Project Grand Jeté, NBS's $100 million
capital expansion campaign, sits on the Board of Canada's National Ballet
School and currently chairs the Nominating and Board Governance committee. A
member of the Board of Directors of The National Ballet of Canada, Jerry plays
a key role in the endowment and foundation board as well as the finance and
audit committee.
    "Jerry and Joan Lozinski have shown incredible leadership by investing in
the future of dance training in Canada," states Jeff Melanson, Administrative
Director of NBS. "Their investment will inspire others to give, while helping
to ensure the continued success of Canada's National Ballet School and
Canada's dancers."
    "Throughout the history of Canada's National Ballet School we have always
accepted students based solely on talent and made every effort to ensure that
no student is deprived access to the school because of financial
circumstances. Due to the great generosity of Jerry and Joan Lozinski we can
continue to ensure these opportunities for young dancers," said Mavis Staines,
Artistic Director of NBS.
    The gift to Canada's National Ballet School Foundation is eligible to be
matched by The Department of Canadian Heritage through The Canadian Arts &
Heritage Sustainability Program and Endowment Incentives Component.

    Established in 1959, Canada's National Ballet School is one of the
world's foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and
teachers. The School's progressive curriculum, with its emphasis on the
physical and emotional well being of the student, has put NBS at the forefront
of dance training internationally. NBS graduates can be found as dancers,
choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and administrators in over 50
dance companies world-wide and even more schools around the globe. NBS will
celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009/10.

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For further information: Laura Cartledge, Tel: (416) 964-3780 Ext. 2117,

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