NBS Sharing Dance

Celebrate the joy, creativity and community of dance


Each year, Canada’s National Ballet School commissions a Canadian artist to create a piece of choreography that embodies a thoughtful theme.


The 2022 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography, created by Starr Muranko and Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye, brings each of us within, connecting us with the land, our breath and our bodies. The choreography is divided into sections and taught through step-by-step video resources, adapted for all ages. Resources support educators, community programmers for kids, programmers for seniors, dance studios, families, individual dancers and more.

 

The choreography builds towards NBS Sharing Dance Day, a nationwide dance party bringing together tens of thousands of people in communities across the country. NBS Sharing Dance started as a flashmob in Toronto in 2010 and has grown over the years into an incredible celebration of the joy, creativity and community of dance from coast-to-coast-to-coast. 

Choreographic Process

Hear from the 2022 NBS Sharing Dance Choreographers Starr Muranko and Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye


We often take for granted the spaces we inhabit and the lands that sustain each of our lives. The 2022 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography begins by bringing each of us within. Once centred and fully present, we can feel the beat of the music begin to pulse and build throughout the choreography, inviting us to see our spaces differently and connect with what’s around us—the people, the environment, the sounds and scents in our room, the tree or river outside our window, and so on.

Meet the Choreographers

Get to know the 2022 choreographers Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye and Starr Muranko!

Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye

Dance artist, Creative Content Creator, AfroIndigenous

Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye is a dance artist from Quebec, hailing from Wendake (Wendat) and of Guinean descent (Jola). Combining tradition and modernity, physicality and expressivity in a wide array of genres, and drawing on a wealth of cultures, practices and aesthetics, Aïcha embodies a vision of the current dance scene, open to the world and to others. Being a content creator has allowed Aïcha to further her mission of bringing people together and affecting change in relation to real diverse representation, art, and accessibility.
 

 

Starr Muranko

Starr Muranko is a dancer, choreographer and Mother and is the Co-Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance based in Vancouver.

As a choreographer she is most interested in the stories that we carry within our bodies and Ancestral connections to land that transcend time and space. Her choreographic work has been shared both locally and nationally including presentations at the Dance Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Talking Stick Festival, Coastal Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Weesageechak Begins to Dance, Impact Festival and InFringing Dance Festival.

 

Starr has been a proud company dancer with the Dancers of Damelahamid since 2005, touring across Canada and internationally with the company and trained under the guidance and mentorship of the late Elder Margaret Harris. She has facilitated several dance workshops through ArtsStarts in Schools, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the NEC – Native Education College, Vines Art Festival and Matriarch’s Uprising Festival/TSV Working Class.  Recently Starr was invited as a guest choreographer to co-lead an exciting creation lab with Ballet BC and Margaret Grenier.


She is passionate about leaving a meaningful legacy for future generations and has worked with children and youth on community art projects in her Mother’s home territory of James Bay (Treaty 9) in the communities of Attawapiskat and Moose Factory. Starr honours and celebrates her mixed Ancestry of Cree (Moose Cree First Nation), French and German in all of her work. www.ravenspiritdance.com

Learn the NBS Sharing Dance Choreography

Bring dance into your classroom or community!

 

The choreography is divided into sections and taught through step-by-step video resources, adapted for all ages. These free resources support educators, community programmers for kids, programmers for seniors, dance studios, families, individual dancers and more. 

 

Join the nationwide dance party!

NBS Sharing Dance Day events have brought together tens of thousands of people in communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.


This annual celebration of movement, music and community is the nation’s largest dance party. Stay tuned for information about NBS Sharing Dance Day 2023.

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