Each fall, several teams of Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) artistic staff travel across Canada on a National Audition Tour. They visit approximately 20 Canadian cities and towns where auditions are held to recruit new students for NBS' Professional Ballet Program. They also offer open classes and teacher workshops. During a recent visit to Newfoundland and Labrador, NBS staff visited Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Artistic staff Ashleigh Powell and Angie Seto offered a workshop to Dr. Erin Cameron’s Movement Concepts class, showing students creative ways to incorporate dance into physical education. If you’d like to learn more, check out this article about their experience.

NBS’s annual visit to Newfoundland and Labrador is part of a longstanding partnership with Kittiwake Dance Theatre. Kittiwake Dance Theatre is a not-for-profit dance company that aspires to build community through the art of dance. Each year, both organisations work together to offer Sharing Dance classes to over 100 elementary school students, along with workshops at Memorial University and local dance schools.

This fall, NBS also offered a half-day Professional Development workshop at St. George’s Public School. NBS staff were invited by the principal, Paul Edwards, to introduce elementary teachers to the Sharing Dance Classroom Resources, and to equip them with the tools and skills needed to deliver high-quality, creative, dance activities to their students.