Dance is a powerful, yet underutilized embodied learning tool that can encourage young women to further invest in and explore their leadership potential. Canada's National Ballet School's LEAD: Leadership, Empowerment, Action, Dance is a free workshop led by professional artists and community mentors that empowers participants, aged 16-25, who identify as women, two-spirit and/or genderqueer, to take on leadership roles in their community.

With dance as a foundation, this program helps participants explore leadership theory and practice. Through active workshops, dance classes, facilitated discussions and peer networking, the program fosters confidence and competence, empowering young women to make a difference through dance and supporting them in taking on leadership roles – now and into the future.

The Apricus Foundation LEAD National Summit

August 4-7, 2022 
Canada's National Ballet School. 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON

Further your leadership skills and learn more about how dance can impact the health and wellbeing of your community. Through participation in the workshop, you will:

• Participate in movement classes lead by professional artists who represent diverse styles and practices
• Collaborate and communicate with peers
• Learn how community arts initiatives can be a catalyst for positive change in your community
• Further develop your leadership, communication, and social and emotional skills
• Learn about available online tools and supports

Applicants from across Canada are welcomed to apply! Opportunites for travel scholarships are available. 

Programming runs from 9am to 4pm each day, with opportunities for activities and sightseeing in the evenings. Food and boarding at NBS' residence is included for all participants.

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Past Regional Workshops

LEAD Toronto

When: April 9 and 10, 2022
Where: Canada's National Ballet School. 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON.

LEAD Halifax

When: April 28 and 29, 2022
Where: Halifax Dance

LEAD Winnipeg

When: February 20 and 21, 2022
Where: Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

If you have any questions about NBS LEAD, please contact Megan Ferris at megan.ferris@nbs-enb.ca

Press Release

New Sport Canada Funding Empowers Young Women to LEAD Through Dance

Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is thrilled to announce a national expansion of its LEAD program, which empowers young women across the country to make a positive impact in their communities through dance.

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Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) national expansion of its LEAD program is supported in part by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. The contribution from Sport Canada will support NBS as it scales the LEAD program, developing a national network alongside regional partners, artists, mentors and community leaders.