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Assemblée Internationale 2023

The international ballet training community will come together once again for Assemblée Internationale (AI), April 30-May 6, 2023 in Toronto.

 

Established by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in 2009, Assemblée Internationale is an Olympic calibre gathering of pre-professional dancers and artistic directors from training schools and organizations around the world. A unique and dynamic global event, Assemblée Internationale empowers young artists to develop as leaders and create meaningful connections with their peers. Collaboration is the essential and central value of each version of the festival.

 

The imperative for systemic change at every level of society is abundantly clear. Assemblée Internationale 2023 (AI23) is an opportunity for leaders of the global ballet training community to come together to examine our accountability in advancing equity, create the change needed in our beloved art form and lead by example for society at large.

 

To strengthen the language of ballet and make it more relevant and powerful, the delivery and the creative process of ballet must resonate with and reflect the full diversity of our society. Therefore, AI23 will be centred on anti-Black racism.

 

This version of the festival will be more student-centred than ever before. Students have agency in the development and design of AI23, highlighting capacity to lead evolution within the artform – how it is practiced, delivered, and how it manifests in society.

Our Events

25 Oct

2022

Zoom Auditions

Audition for the Professional Ballet Program and take an exciting leap in your dance journey!

12 Feb

2023

Toronto Auditions

The Professional Ballet-Academic Program offers full-time Olympic-calibre dance training, academic instruction and residence—all on the same campus located in Toronto. Auditions are an exciting opportunity to experience a class with NBS’ world-renowned teachers. Take the leap and register today for an audition!

30 Apr

2023

Assemblée Internationale 2023 Performances

The international ballet training community will come together once again for Assemblée Internationale (AI), April 30-May 6, 2023 in Toronto.

25 May

2023

Spring Showcase

Since 1959, Spring Showcase has been an annual performance tradition at Canada’s National Ballet School – completely unique in its opportunity to witness the next generation of leading ballet artists as they develop and explore the full spectrum of this rapidly-evolving art form.

03 Jun

2023

NBS Block Party

Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Block Party, an open house with a festival feel, brought together people from across the Greater Toronto Area for a day of family-friendly activities and performances to celebrate the power of dance and community.

02 Jun

2022

NBS Sharing Dance Day 2022

An interactive celebration of movement and music

Dancing Opens Doors: An Interview with Olympian Rachael Karker

When we dance, we engage our brain, body and spirit in an activity unlike any other. And as Canadian freestyle skier and Olympic bronze medal winner Rachael Karker knows, the lessons we learn from dance can open doors to countless opportunities in the studio, on stage and beyond.

 

Reflecting on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, Rachael feels that each stage of her life in sport helped prepare her for that moment on the world stage. From learning to ski when she was just one-and-a-half years old, to her early years in dance at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), to competing in gymnastics, to discovering a new path in freestyle skiing—each step helped Rachael build skills and opened doors to new possibilities. In fact, she can point to many ways that participating in an activity like dance set her up for success on and off the slopes.

Our Stories

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Dancing Opens Doors: An Interview with Olympian Rachael Karker

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Canada’s National Ballet School Announces 2022/2023 National Audition Tour Dates

June 9, 2022

Donation to Canada’s National Ballet School honours life, ballet love of Anna McCowan-Johnson

May 31, 2022

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May 9, 2022

Canada’s National Ballet School Opens Its Doors With Free Summer Block Party

January 31, 2022

Canada’s National Ballet School’s Project to Challenge Dementia-Related Stigma Through Dance

January 18, 2022

Inaugural Canada-United States Symposium Addresses Racialization in Ballet

November 13, 2021

World Ballet School Day 2021 Connects the Next Generation of Dancers

October 21, 2021

New Sport Canada Funding Empowers Young Women to LEAD Through Dance

September 1, 2021

World Ballet School Day celebrates a new generation of dance artists

April 28, 2021

2021 Ken McCarter Award Recognizes Two Distinguished NBS Alumni

February 8, 2021

Canada’s National Ballet School student announced winner of international Young Creation Award

October 7, 2020

NBS announces the official launch of its new Lozinski Centre for Community Dance

July 7, 2020

Inaugural edition of World Ballet School Day begins today

May 28, 2020

Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual dance celebration makes the joy of dance digital

February 24, 2020

Canada’s National Ballet School’s Annual Gala Comes Home

September 13, 2019

New Executive Director Announced at Canada's National Ballet School

September 1, 2019

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces 60th Anniversary Cross Country Audition Tour

May 29, 2019

Get Dancing with Canada's National Ballet School at Sharing Dance Day 2019!

October 28, 2018

Dare to Dream: Canada's National Ballet School Announces 2018/19 National Audition Tour & Open Class

May 29, 2018

Canada’s National Ballet School is Sharing Dance at the Nation’s Biggest Dance Party

April 19, 2018

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces Spring Showcase 2018 Repertoire

January 30, 2018

Students from Canada’s National Ballet School to Perform in Tokyo, Japan and Lausanne, Switzerland

September 12, 2017

Dare to Dream: Canada’s National Ballet School Announces 2017/18 National Audition Tour & Open Class

June 21, 2017

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain Appointed Chancellor at Canada's National Ballet School

May 25, 2017

Canada’s National Ballet School Hosts Nation’s Biggest Dance Party to Celebrate Canada’s 150th

April 21, 2017

Canada’s National Ballet School to Host 21 International Ballet Schools for Assemblée Internationale

April 5, 2017

Canada's National Ballet School and Ryerson University Showcase Parkinson's Dance Research

January 19, 2017

Canada’s National Ballet School launches choreography, resources for Sharing Dance Canada 2017

October 18, 2016

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces 2016/2017 National Audition Tour & Open Class Dates

September 19, 2016

Canada’s National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance Canada 2017 Chosen as A Canada 150 Signature Project

May 24, 2016

Canada’s National Ballet School Hosts Third Annual Sharing Dance Day in Toronto

April 26, 2016

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces Spring Showcase 2016 Repertoire

February 25, 2016

Canada’s National Ballet School hosts Steampunk Gala on March 4 at The Carlu

October 13, 2015

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces 2015/2016 National Audition Tour & Open Class Dates