Assemblée Internationale 2020 is an unparalleled global event in ballet, a dance festival unlike any other in the world, happening right here, in Canada.

Established by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in 2009 and held every four years, Assemblée Internationale is an Olympic-calibre gathering of the world’s top pre-professional dancers and artistic directors from leading ballet schools. A series of gala public performances will celebrate the rich artistry of visiting nations and blended casts performances created by Canadian, and international guest choreographers.

Assemblée Internationale 2020
May 2-9, 2020

Features of this year's event

  • Assemblée Internationale 2020 will bring together 24 leading international dance schools – the largest number ever – further expanding the project’s impact and bringing more of the world to Canada.
  • 200 participating students, ages 15-19
  • 10 participating choreographers
  • Innovative, live webcasts and resources for public schools across Canada
  • Four public performances showcasing international talent



Toronto - Canada's National Ballet School
Winnipeg - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
Montréal - L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

New York - American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
New York - The Ailey School
Boston - Boston Ballet School
Houston - Houston Ballet Academy
San Francisco - San Francisco Ballet School

Cuba - National Ballet School of Cuba

Munich - Ballet Academy, University of Music & Performing Arts Munich
Rotterdam - Codarts Rotterdam
Barcelona - CPD-Conservatory for Professional Dance, Institut del Teatre Barcelona
Amsterdam - Dutch National Ballet Academy
Amsterdam - European School of Ballet
Dresden - Palucca University of Dance Dresden
Paris - Paris Opera Ballet School
Cannes-Mougins - Pôle National Supérieur Danse Rosella Hightower
London - The Royal Ballet School
The Hague - Royal Conservatoire
Copenhagen - Royal Danish Ballet School
Hamburg - The School of the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

Melbourne - The Australian Ballet School
Beijing - Beijing Dance Academy
Wellington - New Zealand School of Dance

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Leading Contributor


Leading Festival Patrons

The Estate of Penelope Doob
The Estate of Cornelius Anderson Silber Heather* & Richard Thomson

60th Anniversary Circle

Thank you for the visionary support of NBS' 60th Anniversary Circle

Delaney Family Foundation; Dr. James D. Fleck, CC; Lynda C. Hamilton; Richard M. Ivey*, CC; Anna McCowan Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, OC; Joan & Jerry Lozinski; The Honorable Margaret Norrie McCain, CC; Sandra & Jim Pitblado;
An Anonymous Donor

John A. Baker & Amanda Baker & Family; Anne Mette de Place Filippini; Gurney M. Kranz Charitable Foundation;
Ann Lawson-Brehl & Paul Brehl; Brian Miron; Jack & Elly Petch; An Anonymous Donor

* Fondly Remembered