June 4, 2022
11:00am – 5:00pm
400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
Join Canada’s National Ballet School’s first-ever Block Party on June 4, 2022! An open house with a festival feel, activities and performances, the NBS Block Party is a celebration of community and the power of dance. Thanks to the generous supporters of Dancing Opens Doors and the NBS Block Party for making this a free event!
Let Us Know You’re Coming
Experience dance and Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) like never before. See what’s in store for you on June 4!
Join any of three workshops featuring different styles of dance. All classes will be taught with seated and standing dance options. No experience required! No need to change into dance clothes!
Afrofusion with Esie Mensah
Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with Urban, Modern, Latin and Caribbean forms. Utilizing a spectrum of movement from Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. It is a fusion of various vocabularies seamlessly put together to create a very unique blend of movement
Esie Mensah (she/her) is an artist whose creative footprint extends into many genres, disciplines and regions. As a dancer, choreographer, director, educator and public speaker, Mensah's mastery of storytelling is as diverse as her experience.
Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with Urban, Modern, Latin and Caribbean forms. Utilizing a spectrum of movement from Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. It is a fusion of various vocabularies seamlessly put together to create a very unique blend of movement.
Hip Hop Grooves with Kojo “Tuch” Mayne
An energetic fun-filled class that allows you to move and groove!
With over 20 years of experience, Tuch is a fixture in the Toronto dance industry, having taught classes & workshops internationally, guiding and working with up-coming artists, and judging at the World Of Dance Competition 2011- 2012 & the 2017- 2018 Canada Hip Hop Dance Championship. In addition, Tuch is an Educator with the Toronto District School Board for the last 5 years, focusing on Arts education.
Community Open Ballet with Megan Ferris
Bring your family and friends together for a fun-filled experience in this beginner ballet class, suitable for all ages. Led by one of NBS’ high-calibre dance educators, this class will cover the foundations of classical ballet – learn different ballet positions and steps that will have you floating across the floor to live piano accompaniment. Suitable footwear includes socks, bare feet or ballet slippers.
Taught by Megan Ferris, a Community Dance Specialist with Canada's National Ballet School (NBS). Megan graduated with distinction from NBS' Teacher Training Program and the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University specializing in Early Childhood Studies.
Drop-In Ballet Rehearsals
Watch students from all grades in NBS’ PBP program as they rehearse their upcoming solo variations and repertoire. Guests can drop in throughout the day to get an insider look at the training and dedication of these students.
Come by any of the 3 rehearsal slots and you watch the rehearsals for as long as you like.
Pop Up Performances
Look out for Pop Up Dance Performances throughout the day!
Miss Coco Murray
Miss Coco Murray is an award-winning social entrepreneur, cultural arts programmer, arts educator, mentor, instructor, and writer in the dance sector. Murray's work in education and community settings centers on cultural education, the African diaspora and culturally-responsive arts programming under this mobile, dance education business. Miss Coco is a Toronto-born dancer of South American heritage. She holds 20 years of experience in the arts sector. She specializes in diverse Afro-diasporic dance forms in the West African region, Caribbean Folk and researches on many dance styles. Currently, Murray pursues a PhD in Dance Studies at York University.
Founded in 2004 by dancer-choreographer Crazy Smooth, Bboyizm
is Canada’s premier street dance company. Their mandate is to promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and essence of all street dances. Their ethos is centered on the premise that authentic self-expression enables an individual – and by extension, a community – to realize its full potential.
NBS Professional Ballet-Academic Program Students
Grade 6 and 7 students are celebrating this year’s Sharing Dance Day choreography! To learn more about Sharing Dance Day and the choreography, visit us here.
Spray Paint Bar
Add a pop of colour and design on pointe shoes or your favourite accessory with Little Miss Henna’s spray paint designs. Brought to you by Little Miss Henna
Be a detective for the day and search out clues throughout the NBS campus. Prizes will be given to those who find all the clues!
NBS Patio Bar
Stop by for a refreshing beer, glass of wine, or soft drink in NBS’ courtyard. Special thank you to Gordon Food Services for providing complimentary snacks.
*Drinks available for purchase
Strike a pose or share your favourite dance move at our animated photo booth! Brought to you by PartyPix
Cuban food from The Cuban Thing
Ice Cream from GTA Softee
*Food available for purchase
And games including Giant Jenga, Step Mania, a 50/50 raffle and more!
Let Us Know You’re Coming
Become a Partner
Many partnership opportunities are available to help make the inaugural NBS Block Party accessible and welcoming to participants.
Learn about partnership opportunities
To speak with someone directly about the Block Party, please contact:
Tessa Bulham, Chief of Advancement