First Position Patrons


A unique collective of young patrons united by a passion for supporting young artists and the power of dance

We are Canada’s National Ballet School, but our name only begins to describe what we do.
In fact, we are the world leader in developing the most innovative and wide-ranging programs that harness the transformational power of dance to change people’s lives for the better - from professional programs that train the next generation of ballet dancers and dance teachers for diverse careers around the world, to the NBS Sharing Dance initiative that engages all Canadians in realizing their artistic potential and enjoying better health through movement.

Join NBS’ First Position Patrons with our new monthly giving program and discover opportunities to engage with NBS year-round.


  • NBS’ annual fundraising Gala
  • One unique initiative each year (TBC)
  • More people of every age and ability accessing the full breadth of NBS’ high-quality dance programs


  • One ticket to the NBS Gala’s Young Patrons Reception (or equivalent fundraising event)
  • Free admission to First Position Patron panels
  • Invitation to NBS donor events
  • Discount on NBS Spring Showcase tickets
  • Access to Spring Showcase donor lounge
  • Tax receipt for the allowable portion of your contribution contribution
Pledge your support today!

First Position Patrons membership – Donation Form
First Position Patrons membership – Details

NBS’ First Position Patrons initiative was launched in 2014 and is led by the First Position Patrons Committee (FPP). Together, the FPP lead the charge by developing and hosting FPP events and activities that focus on how Canada’s National Ballet School is influencing the world positively through dance, in both their professional and community programming projects.

Events: FPP Panel

The First Position Patron program is proud to present a special panel discussion and tour of Canada's National Ballet School's world-class facilities on April 29, 2019. After the success of last year's inaugural FPP panel discussion, we're excited to bring back this annual event that spotlights accessible and engaging perspectives on some of the most exciting discussions in the contemporary dance community. 
This year's panel, Ballet in an Era of Shifting Gender Roles, will feature the following speakers:
  • Rob Binet, NBS alumnus and Choreographic Associate at the National Ballet of Canada
  • Sebastian Oreamuno, PhD student in Dance at York University
  • Anisa Tejpar, NBS alumna and founder of Hit & Run Dance Productions
  • Evan Williams, Grade 12 student from NBS’ Olympic-calibre Professional Ballet Program
  • Hannah Galway, Corps de Ballet with The National Ballet of Canada
  • Laurel Toto, Head of the NBS Junior School and Professional Ballet Program artistic staff
  • Moderated by Cheryl Belkin Epstein, Developer of Creative Resources and Ballet Historian at NBS.

Event Details

Location: Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
6:35 p.m. - A tour of the School will be given at the beginning of the event. Should you wish to attend, please arrive promptly at 6:30.
7:00 p.m. – Welcome remarks
7:10 p.m. -  Panel Discussion and Q&A
8:30 p.m. – Event wrap up

Tickets: $10 – Purchase your tickets online by April 26th here
To read more about the panelists, click here



2018-2019 First Position Patrons Committee (FPP)

  • Karlee Vukets
Committee Vice Chair
  • Shira Tsinman
  • Raji Aujla
  • Evie Begy
  • Patricia Carswell
  • Lisa Conway
  • Cécile Ferandier-Sicard
  • Emad Ghattas
  • Beatriz Graetzer
  • Sara Grimbly
  • Vasilia Kratsios
  • Gurbani Marwah
  • Kulin Matchhar
  • Linley McConnell
  • Qoratia Parmanand
  • Mandy Usprech
  • Hailey Vasyliw
  • Breana Walker (mat leave)

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