The National Ballet of Canada Visits Five Schools in Toronto with Dance About

January 17, 2012

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The National Ballet of Canada Visits Five Schools in Toronto with Dance About

National Ballet of CanadaKaren Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet Canada, today announced that Dance About will visit five schools in the Greater Toronto Area from January 17 through January 24. Part of the National Ballet’s outstanding outreach and education programme, Dance About reaches almost 2,500 children, from kindergarten to grade six, each year. First Soloist Tanya Howard will narrate the in-school performances.

For over 40 years, Dance About has been visiting schools, giving children from various socio-economic backgrounds and cultures the opportunity to experience classical ballet in their own environment, making the art form more accessible to them.

Dance About includes four dancers, a piano accompanist and a narrator who guide students through a day in the life of a dancer, from ballet class (the daily ritual of stretches and exercises) to a performance. The programme features demonstrations of basic ballet exercises, pointe work, partnering, make-up and wardrobe, as well as the creation of exciting and dramatic characters. Highlights of the performance include a selection of dances from The National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire and students participating in mime demonstrations.

Bowmore Public School, Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 am
Whiteoaks Junior Public School, Wednesday, January 18 at 10:30 am & 2:00 pm
Larkspur Public School, Friday, January 20 at 1:30 pm
Humbercrest Public School, Monday, January 23 at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Hillcrest Community Public School, Tuesday, January 24 at 2:00 pm

The National Ballet of Canada’s Winter Season opens with La Fille mal gardée (February 29 – March 4, 2012), followed by The Sleeping Beauty (March 10 – 18, 2012) and continues with The Seagull (March 21 – 25, 2012) at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The 2011/12 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Celebrating 60 Years of Partnership with The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

Dance About is sponsored by Scotiabank.

World MasterCard presents The Sleeping Beauty.

The Sleeping Beauty is made possible by generous contributions from Margaret & Jim Fleck, The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Gretchen Ross and Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin.

The Seagull is generously supported in part by an anonymous friend of the ballet.

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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