All Ages

At Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), we believe in the power of dance to inspire and bring people together—even virtually. While we can’t currently meet at a studio, recreation centre, gymnasium or stage, we want you to know that NBS’ online dance resources are still here for you—to help you engage in creative movement, physical activity, and community connection wherever you are. Below, you will find a selection of our online resources, which are a great way to get people of all ages dancing! We also offer creative movement resources specific to kids and seniors

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A note: We are excited to provide these online video resources but encourage you to follow closely the recommendations of public health authorities. If you are dancing at home, be sure to clear the space before you begin. If you would like any suggestions or recommendations on how to modify the activities or choreography for your context, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at sharingdance@nbs-enb.ca for extra support.

sharing dance choreography

This choreography, created for NBS by Jera Wolfe, explores how collaboration and support for one another enables us to arise and face challenges in our lives. This theme has never been more relevant than it is right now for many people around the world. This powerful choreography is a symbol and celebration of the power of dance. 

The choreography is the centrepiece of NBS Sharing Dance Day 2020 - an online interactive celebration of music and movement. 

Learn more about NBS Sharing Dance Day


Watch a collaborative performance of Jera Wolfe's choreography, featuring dancers of all ages, abilities, and aspirations from across Canada:

Learn the Choreography

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.

  



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NBS Sharing Dance Day 2020

Join a special, online celebration of movement and music, broadcasting digitally across Canada and around the world on May 29, 2020 at 12:00pm (EST). Wherever you are and however you like to move, grab your digital device and dance along!

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Resources for Kids

Step-by-step videos, activity plans, and more help support kids' self-expression, collaboration and physical literacy—all in fun and engaging activities that are easy to do at home.

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Resources for Seniors

Joyful music, engaging activities, and adaptable exercises are the hallmarks of our resources designed for seniors.

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