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.

Through the workshop, young women:
  • Participate in dance workshops led by professional and emerging dance artists who represent diverse styles and practices
  • Increase awareness of the important benefits of regular physical activity
  • Collaborate and communicate with peers from across Canada
  • Learn how community arts initiatives can be a catalyst for positive change in their community
  • Are empowered to recognize their potential as leaders and creators

Working with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Halifax Dance, three regional workshops will take place in Winnipeg, Halifax and Toronto in Winter 2022.

LEAD Toronto

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

LEAD Toronto Schedule 
Saturday, April 9 | LEAD Toronto Day 1 Sunday, April 10 | LEAD Toronto Day 2 
Morning - 9:30am Morning - 9:15am
Arrvials & Breakfast Arrvials & Breakfast
Welcome & Warm-up Welcome & Warm Up
Dance Workshop with Esie Mensah Leadership Project
Lunch Dance Workshop with Neena Jayarajan
Afternoon - 1:00pm Lunch
Leadership Project Afternoon - 1:00pm
Dance Workshop with Natasha Powell Panel Presentation & Discussion
Leadership Project Dance Workshop
Final Activity & Discussion Leadership Project
Day 1 Ends - 5:00pm Group Presentations & Closing Remarks
  LEAD Toronto 2022 Ends - 4:00pm

LEAD Halifax

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

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