MEDIA ADVISORY/INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Nation's Biggest Dance Party Hosted by Canada's National Ballet School to Celebrate Canada's 150th

TORONTO, May 31, 2017 /CNW/ - On June 2, Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) will kick off its celebration for Canada's 150th with a nationwide dance party from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square. NBS' Sharing Dance Day events will bring communities together and empower them to enjoy the physical, social, emotional and cultural benefits of dance for all Canadians. The events will include professional dance performances, open free dance classes, activity booths, music, and engaging activities for all ages.

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Friday, June 2, 2017, 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.

Youth Events

12 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Senior Events

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.                                                               

Community Events

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Yonge-Dundas Square

1 Dundas Street E, Toronto ON M5B 2R8



Performances of the '2017 Choreography' - representing distinct styles of dance, cultural backgrounds and geographic locations.
The '2017 Choreography' has been taught by NBS choreographers to the general public - children and youth of all ages, seniors and everyone in between - across Canada since January 2017. The '2017 Choreography' is a collaboration led by NBS artistic staff and four Canadian choreographers, including Torontonian Tracee Smith.

Performances from TDSB - a celebration of students, creativity and the arts from their program "tdsbCREATES"

Kevin Ormsby - an Afro-Contemporary dance performance

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre - An Indigenous-Contemporary dance performance

Performance of 'The Canadiana Reel' - a four-minute, Canadian-themed piece that will demonstrate the diversity of Canada's early immigrant dances, featuring 24 boys and 24 girls from NBS' professional ballet program in Grades 6, 7 and 8. 

Gadfly - urban dance

Activities and Workshops:

NBS workshop - Ballet Bob

Bollywood dance and fit - Bollywood for Seniors

Sharing Dance Choreography workshop

Activities in the Square including Dancepl3y - high-energy, mixed-style dance workout

Photo/filming/interview opportunities are available during and after the event

Sharing Dance Day is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund and with the support of presenting partner Shaw Communications Inc.

About Canada's National Ballet School
With a rich 58-year history and international reputation, NBS is one of the world's foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers. NBS believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dance programs, encouraging people to engage artistically, and reap the physical, social, emotional and cultural benefits that dance provides. NBS' Sharing Dance community initiative has grown under the guidance of NBS artistic staff, developing fundamental aspects of physical literacy through dance in children and youth; engaging seniors, including those with Parkinson's disease or dementia, with dance activities that contribute to better health and improved quality of life; and promoting broad public participation for everyone in between.

SOURCE Canada's National Ballet School

For further information: Sapna Goel, Communications Lead, Sharing Dance, Canada's National Ballet School, 416 964 3780 x 2115


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