Students from Canada’s National Ballet School to Perform in Paris, France

April 19, 2013

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Students from Canada’s National Ballet School to Perform in Paris, France

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TORONTO, ON (April 18, 2013) – Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is pleased to announce that five of its students will participate in the Paris Opera Ballet School’s 300th anniversary gala performance in Paris, France.  The Gala des Écoles de Danse du XXie siècle and celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20th at the Palais Garnier, and will feature the Paris Opera Ballet School and seven other of the world’s leading ballet schools.

The Paris Opera Ballet School, as established by Louis XIV, is the oldest ballet school in the Western world, and long considered the birthplace of classical ballet. The School’s Gala des Écoles de Danse du XXie siècle performance is part of their tercentenary celebrations that are taking place throughout the year.  NBS senior students Patrick Foster, Hailey Hamblin, Soo Ah Kang, Liam Redhead, and Martin ten Kortenaar will dance excerpts from Les Chambres des Jacques, as staged by Canadian choreographer, and NBS alumna, Aszure Barton.  Barton will also be joining NBS’ students in Paris, along with NBS Artistic Director, Mavis Staines and Artistic Faculty Member, Shaun Amyot.


Les Chambres des Jacques is a poetic and intimate contemporary piece that reflects the depth and poignancy of Aszure’s choreography,” said Shaun Amyot.  “Originally created for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, this performance allows NBS to showcase Aszure Barton’s work and share her awe-inspiring choreography on an international stage.”


As the sole North American ballet school participating in the festivities, NBS will join the Paris Opera Ballet School, as well as the Royal Danish Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Royal Ballet School, John Cranko Schule, The School of The Hamburg Ballet and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, who are also performing at the gala.


“I’m delighted NBS will be participating in the momentous 300th anniversary celebrations of the Paris Opera Ballet School; all at NBS extend their warmest congratulations,” said Mavis Staines.  “Not only is performing on the stage of the Palais Garnier an incredible opportunity for our students, but events such as these also provide an occasion for the international dance community to show support for one another and remain connected.  For this reason, we are thrilled that the Paris Opera Ballet School will likewise be joining us in Toronto for the Assemblée Internationale 2013, taking place later in April.”

About Canada’s National Ballet School

Established in 1959, Canada’s National Ballet School is a world leader in the training of professional dancers and teachers. Dedicated to moving the world by teaching and celebrating dance, NBS is committed to promoting the art of dance through community engagements in addition to offering recreational and professional programs. NBS graduates can be found as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers and administrators in over 65 dance companies worldwide, and in even more schools around the globe

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