August 16–20, 2022

Dance With Us

The National Ballet of Canada

Dance With Us

Participants at the Tribal Vision Outdoor Class at Harbourfront Centre. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Event Info At A Glance

Price Overview: Free

Venue Overview: Stage in the Park

Overview

Local dance artists will share free dance classes, fun for the entire family! The free classes are drop-in and will vary from tap to Kathak and jazz to contemporary dance. 

About The National Ballet of Canada

One of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada, was founded in 1951 by Celia Franca. One of the leading international ballet companies, the National Ballet has 70 dancers and its own orchestra. 

Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. The company’s repertoire of works includes Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Marie Chouinard, John Cranko, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, Kenneth McMillan, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Crystal Pite, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and the company’s Choreographic Associates Robert Binet, Guillaume Côté and Alysa Pires. 

For the first time in 2020/21, the company commissioned new work specifically for film, including world premieres by Jennifer Archibald, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, Kevin A. Ormsby, Brendan Saye, Jera Wolfe and Mr. Côté and Ms. Pires. 

Located in Toronto, Canada’s premiere dance company has performed for over 10 million people. The National Ballet has toured in Canada, the USA and internationally with performances in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy and Mexico. Most recently, the company appeared in London, Los Angeles, Paris, Hamburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg, New York City and Washington. D.C.  

The National Ballet is committed to education and community engagement for families and youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joys of ballet. The company has a wide range of age-appropriate programs designed to engage with schools and children in the GTA and communities across Canada. YOU dance, the National Ballet’s signature program, is designed to introduce students in grades four, five and six to the world of dance through FREE workshops and performances.  

The National Ballet is a company with its own orchestra as well as production and administrative staff. All the costumes and sets are built at The Gretchen Ross Production Centre. As a pre-eminent builder of full productions for ballet in North America, the National Ballet regularly rents out sets and costumes to ballet companies around the world. 

Dates & Times

August 16
6pm – Holla Jazz (Finding your groove through jazz)
45 mins

August 17
6pm – Rock Bottom Movement (Mood boosting dance)
45 mins

August 18
6pm – Intro to Tap with Tatiana Alfaro of the Toronto International Tap Dance Festival
45 mins

August 19
6pm – Samantha Sutherland (Dancing the Ktunaxa language)
45 mins

August 20
6pm – Tanveer Alam (Kathak)
45 mins

Venue

Stage in the Park

A small stage in the grass on the west campus

Outdoors, No formal seating

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8