Each spring, the students in the full-time Professional Ballet Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) present a public performance , Spring Showcase. This highly anticipated event gives students the opportunity to share their talent with the community. This year the students are performing Yondering, John Neumeier’s celebrated modern ballet, in honor of the 20th anniversary of its creation at NBS. Through its exploration of youthful innocence and sense of adventure, Yondering remains an ideal vehicle for young dancers.
In further celebration of this event, NBS has created a multi-disciplinary website to illuminate various aspects of the ballet, its integration into the academic program at NBS and its on-going legacy. The website features beautiful video, photos and personal stories, and offers insight into how the students of NBS have used Yondering as a source of inspiration for their own creative endeavors. The website provides a window into the students’ learning experience, and also embodies the integrated educational philosophy that NBS applies to all of its programming, including Sharing Dance.
For example, in order to further their knowledge of the music of Stephen Foster (the 19th century American composer who created the music for Yondering), the students of the Grade 7 music class at NBS were introduced to the music of one of Foster’s most enthusiastic fans, the great Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. Below, you can see the students perform their own arrangement of Dvořák’s Humoresque No. 7, which the composer combined with Foster’s “Old Folks at Home.” To learn more about how the Grade 7’s integrated Yondering into their music class, please visit this section
of the website.
A key aspect of the Sharing Dance mission is to make dance accessible to all Canadians, and to provide the online resources people need to learn more about the art form in an engaging and accessible environment. For teachers looking to bring dance, art and music into their classrooms, or for anyone else looking to learn more about how dance can be used as an educational tool, the website offers a selection of FREE resources and activities inspired by Yondering. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the Yondering: In the Classroom
section of the website.