' The National Ballet of Canada – World Ballet Day LIVE

The National Ballet of Canada

Karen Kain, Artistic Director
04 Oct 2016
07:00 - 11:00 (PDT)

anada’s premier dance company, The National Ballet of Canada celebrates its 65th anniversary during the 2016/17 season. Founded in 1951 by Celia Franca, the National Ballet has been led by Artistic Director Karen Kain, one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, since 2005. A company of 70 dancers with its own orchestra, the National Ballet is renowned for its diverse repertoire, performing traditional full-length classics as well as embracing contemporary work, encouraging the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. The company’s repertoire includes works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, and Aszure Barton. The National Ballet is based in Toronto and has toured in Canada, the U.S., and internationally.

Artists of the Ballet. Photo by Catherine Chang.


Journey into the studios of The National Ballet of Canada at The Walter Carsen Centre in Toronto, Canada. Get an intimate, rarely seen look into the daily lives of the National Ballet dancers. Starting with morning class, see how the dancers warm up the body with different exercises to prepare for a full-day of rehearsals for upcoming performances.

Company Class

Led by Former Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic


Choreographic Workshop


Artistic Director Karen Kain
Executive Director Barry Hughson
Choreographer Wayne McGregor
Choreographic Associate Robert Binet
Principal Dancer Evan McKie
Principal Dancer Heather Ogden
Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez
Principal Dancer Xiao Nan Yu

Hosted by Dan Chameroy

Special Guest Companies

Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet’s internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world class dance education and community initiative programs, have made the institution a leader in its field, with a 53-year history of promoting excellence and access to dance.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges, the Company—comprised of 71 dancers representing 18 nationalities—maintains a diverse repertoire, ranging from full-length ballets to new works by some of today’s finest choreographers. Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. The Company’s 2016-2017 season includes the North American premiere of Ivan Liška’s Le Corsaire, Mikko Nissnen’s The Nutcracker, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, a world premiere by Jorma Elo, and works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiří Kylián, and Alexander Ekman. Boston Ballet has also entered into a 5-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe, which will kick off in February 2017 with the North American company premiere of his full-length ballet Artifact.

Boston Ballet School (BBS), the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to providing exceptional dance education and ballet training to more than 5,000 students across three studios in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore. Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI) provides programming, events, and activities that connect the community to dance and reaches more than 4,000 individuals in Boston and the surrounding communities each year through Citydance, ECI on Location, Adaptive Dance, and other community programs.

Miami City Ballet

Described by The New York Times as a company whose dancing, “Bold, light, immediate, intensely musical….flies straight to the heart,” Miami City Ballet (MCB) is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and is considered a leader in the field — nurturing new choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations, and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet.

Founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director and ballet legend Edward Villella, MCB is universally admired as one of the world’s pre-eminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine.  Its repertory of 100 ballets, including twelve world premieres, was built upon the Balanchine repertory, style, and technique and then expanded to include beloved classical works of importance and exciting new choreography by contemporary and ground-breaking artists. MCB has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and its 2016 debut at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was hailed by the national press as a resounding success.  The New York Times’ Alistair McCauley wrote: “Of all the ballet troupes who have visited the Koch in recent years, none looks so truly and completely a company.”

The Miami City Ballet School (MCB School), founded in 1993 is one of the  largest dance-training programs in the nation,   training dancers for careers with MCB and other professional companies throughout the world. MCB School’s expanded national and international audition tours attract more than 1,300 students each season, and MCB School’s scholarship program offers support to children from around the corner and across the globe, providing nearly $500,000 worth of scholarships each year. As one of the most diverse classical ballet companies in the nation, MCB serves as a gateway to the Americas for dancers from Central and South America, resulting in a robust international roster of both dancers and students.