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About Sharing Dance

Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative offering free dance programs for all Canadians—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged. Featuring multifaceted programming and supported through a collection of free online resources, Sharing Dance includes:

  • High-quality dance activities for children and youth—both in and out of the classroom.
  • Health and wellness dance programs for seniors, focused specifically on improving quality of life and creating community.
  • Sharing Dance Canada 2017, a nation-wide, engagement program culminating in multigenerational community performances on Sharing Dance Day, celebrating Canada’s 150th.

Key Goals

Increase access: Offer in- and out-of-classroom programs and activities encouraging children and youth—who may otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in dance activities—to develop healthier, more active habits through dance.

Improve movement: Help seniors and individuals prevent injury by managing physical, mental and emotional symptoms associated with age-related illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Effect childhood development: Promote dance as a valuable strategy in youth engagement and development of social skills, self-confidence, and overall better physical health and education.

Provide health intervention: Have dance widely recognized and valued for its public health benefits and role in improving quality of life for all.

Use technology to scale: Make dance accessible to all Canadians through an interactive online platform, offering digital resources and support, livestreamed content, and forums for public involvement.

Support Research: Contribute to medical and scientific knowledge by supporting research to demonstrate the effectiveness of dance as a preventive and healthy activity.

Latest News

Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada

Tea and Tango in Halifax, Dancing with Parkinson’s in Vancouver or Dancing Parkinson’s YYC in Calgary – each of these classes offers opportunities for people with Parkinson’s Disease to dance on a regular basis. And yes, they do have something else in common.

Embracing Diversity: Connecting Communities through Sharing Dance

This year, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa brought the Sharing Dance program to its Ethnic and Seniors' groups. On July 1, at the newly reopened National Arts Centre, NBS staff were thrilled to see the SPCO dancers participating in the Sharing Dance workshop and performance.

Celebrating Canadian Citizenship with Sharing Dance

For Vivian Berneol, participating in an official Canada 150 Signature Event was important in marking her first year as an official Canadian citizen and we are thrilled that she has chosen Sharing Dance Canada 2017.

North Preston and NBS are Sharing Dance

This past October, a team of 6 NBS staff members travelled to North Preston, a community of 4,000 people located just outside Halifax. North Preston is the largest and oldest indigenous black settlement in Nova Scotia, and has played a very special role in Sharing Dance Canada 2017.

Nunavut teachers, students and communities engage with Sharing Dance

In this milestone year of Canada’s history, Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is excited to mark a first—the first year in which Sharing Dance is engaging teachers and students through dance in Nunavut.

Sharing Dance brings people of all ages and abilities together in St. John’s

Ever wonder how dance brings people together? Look no further than St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Meet the star fundraisers of Sharing Dance Canada 2017

Our top fundraisers Myah and Evan share their stories. Learn about why they’re dancing to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

NBS’ Sharing Dance for Active Seniors is delivered via livestream in pilot program

Dancers from the Ennismore community have both seated and standing options for dance during the livestream of the dance lesson from an NBS studio in Toronto.

Sharing Dance Canada 2017 choreography, resources unveiled for Canada’s 150th

Canada’s National Ballet School launches choreography, resources for Sharing Dance Canada 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation

Sharing Dance at Open Streets Toronto

Sharing Dance will be at Open Streets Toronto, September 18th

Benefits of dance for people living with Parkinson's Disease

Since September 2013, Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) has offered a program that caters to and benefits people living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in the Toronto community.

Canadian filmmaker Karen Suzuki wins Best Foreign Short for documentary Synapse Dance

Since September 2013, Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) has offered a program that caters to and benefits people living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in the Toronto community.

Sharing Dance Initiatives

A group of dancers participating in Sharing Dance Day activities

Sharing Dance Canada 2017

Register to learn the choreography for the nation-wide Sharing Dance Day. No dance experience required. All ages and abilities needed!

A group of young dancers participating in a dance class

Sharing Dance for Youth

Teachers access and deliver high-quality dance activities to young people.

A group of seniors engaged in health and wellness program

Sharing Dance for Seniors

Join a community—all ages and abilities—focused on improving quality of life through dance.

Help Bring the Joy of Dance to Canadians

Your donation enables us to bring high-quality dance programs to children and youth, seniors, and everyone in between!

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