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Author: Myles M.
May 03, 2017

“The way each and every person clapped and cheered for the performers on stage was very heart-warming and made the experience so much better.”

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As a grade nine student at NBS, I can confidently say that the experience of AI has already been wonderful, even after just two days of participation. My name is Myles and this is my first year here, at Canada’s National Ballet School/NBS. I am so lucky that the year I got accepted into this amazing school, the widely talked about Assemblée Internationale is happening. At the start of the year, I didn’t have a great understanding of what the event was, but knew it had been very successful and a great experience in the past.
 
So far, I (along with the other NBS grade nine boys) have been able to take a daily ballet class in the Bournonville style, watch a variety of male dancers from around the world take part in a class, and watch dress rehearsals for both existing repertoire performances. This has allowed all of us to explore the different styles, schools, and teachings of ballet from around the world.
 
My favourite part so far has been the ability to observe the dress rehearsals for the final performances. I can definitely tell how much work each school has put into choosing a piece of repertoire that best reflects their school, perfecting the choreography, and working out the piece on a stage with costumes and lighting. I can surely say that each piece was unique in its own way and from what I know, reflects each school in a great way.
 
Being in the dress rehearsals made me feel as though everybody was a part of one world; ballet. The way each and every person clapped and cheered for the performers on stage was very heart-warming and made the experience so much better. I know I am not the only one who is excited to see these pieces once again.

Even within two days of grade nine participation, I have learned so much about the world of ballet and can’t wait to see what the rest of this week has in store for me and my fellow students.