Take the Lead    Take the Lead

Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dance programs, encouraging people to engage artistically, and reap the health and social benefits that dance provides.

Through NBS Sharing Dance: Take the Lead, we seek to empower young women to take leadership roles in their community and make a positive impact through engagement in the arts. With dance as a foundation, the FREE workshop will build leadership and communication skills that will benefit participants in their school years and beyond.

It is important for young women to have access to a full-range of opportunities to achieve the benefits that come from participating in healthy physical activity – including dance.

Through their participation in the workshop, young women will:
  • Further develop their leadership, communication, and social and emotional skills
  • Understand how a community arts initiative can make positive change in their school and community
  • Learn how to prepare an application for a #RisingYouth Community Service grant through TakingItGlobal, to bring dance to their own community
  • Increase awareness of the important benefits of regular physical activity
  • Learn about Sharing Dance Day and how their communities can get involved
  • Work with diverse dance artists, including Esie Mensah, one of the NBS Sharing Dance Day 2019 choreographers


Date: Sunday, February 17
Schedule: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm with lunch provided
Location: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto

Throughout the day, participants will:
  • Dance – Participate in dance workshops by leading female dance artists
  • Create – With the support of mentors, create a movement piece addressing an issue important to them and their community
  • Share – Collaborate and communicate with peers from across the GTA and beyond
The workshop is open to young women aged 16-25. No formal dance experience is required.
To apply for the workshop, please complete the online survey and application form by February 8, 2019.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Niamh Byrne Rodgers at nbyrnerodgers@nbs-enb.ca.

Take the Lead