Here you will find instructional videos for Grades 4+, which are suitable for all ages over 10. Each of the instructional videos features an NBS dance teacher who breaks down each movement, step-by step, to support you in learning the choreography. Videos include instruction of new material, review and rehearsal of prior learning, and rehearsal with music. If you would like to access the primary version of the choreography for children under 10, please visit our online learning community. (also available in French)
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Seated Adapted Version:
Below are step-by-step instructional videos to accommodate dancers who prefer to remain seated as they learn the choreography (also available in French).
About the 2020 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography
The 2020 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography explores how collaboration and support for one another enables us to arise and face challenges in our lives. It is inspired by Jera Wolfe's Arise,
a moving choreographic work created for 110 of NBS' Professional Ballet/Academic Program students and performed at NBS' Spring Showcase in 2019 to sold-out audiences.
The 2020 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography is, in Jera’s words, closely “related to Arise
” as it also explores the themes and ideas of overcoming obstacles and challenges in life through the support of family, friends and community.
“There will always be challenges in life,” says Jera. “I have realized that what defines me is not necessarily my failures or accomplishments, but how I rose to face them. We will all have great challenges to overcome in our own lives, everything from personal, political, to environmental. Only by collaborating, supporting and caring together will we be able to arise to face these challenges.”
The NBS Sharing Dance Choreography uses a remixed version of the music from Arise
, and shares many of the same movement themes. As the inspiration for the 2020 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography, Arise
continues to grow into a nationwide movement that will engage people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings including schools, community centres, studios, homes and seniors communities.
Meet the Choreographer: Jera Wolfe
Born in Toronto, Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. His choreographic works have been presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob’s Pillow. His recent works have included Bare choreographed on Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace by Red Sky Performance, and Arise for Canada’s National Ballet School. Jera trained at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and has created new works for them annually since 2016. Recently Jera won a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace.