' The National Ballet of Canada – World Ballet Day LIVE

The National Ballet of Canada

Karen Kain, Artistic Director
05 Oct 2017
09:00 - 11:00 (PDT)

anada’s premier dance company, The National Ballet of Canada was 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 Karolina Kuras.


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 Christopher Stowell, Associate Artistic Director


Paz de la Jolla
Choreography by Justin Peck
Music by Bohuslav Martinů

Choreography by John Neumeier
Music by Robert Schumann, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich.

The Winter’s Tale
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Joby Talbot