Celebrating an immeasurable legacy and securing future dreams.

 

In June 2024, Canada's National Ballet School’s (NBS) Artistic Director and CEO, Mavis Staines, will retire after over 35 years of inspiring leadership.
 

As a visionary dance educator and leader, Mavis Staines has exemplified the ability to DREAM BIG. This ability has led to innovations in ballet and dance focused on dancer health and well-being, inclusive community engagement, and collaborative partnerships, with an unwavering commitment to integrity and compassion.
 

Mavis has shown how the realization of dreams is never about one person alone, but rather communities being inspired by a universal aspiration that transcends the individual.
 

This school year is not only the finale of NBS’ Dancing Opens Doors initiative—as we begin the final year of Mavis’ leadership, we’re bringing together the NBS community—donors, graduates, students, staff, and collaborators—to celebrate the past dreams we’ve achieved together, and secure every future dream at NBS.
 

Join Us with a Gift to DREAM BIG

A gift to DREAM BIG—the final year of Dancing Opens Doors—will support NBS’ annual programs and immediate areas of greatest need and potential—your gift can help deepen Mavis’ unwavering commitments to advancing equity in dance and investing in meaningful mentorship opportunities to support future leaders. It will also support the transition and vision of NBS’ incoming Artistic Director, to be named and celebrated in the coming year.


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Attend the Dream Big Fundraising Event

To celebrate Mavis is to celebrate a true community of dance, united by hope, integrity, compassion, laughter— and the enormous power to achieve big dreams.


 

The NBS Community is invited to join us on May 2, 2024, for a celebratory fundraising event to honour Mavis.

 

The event will include an entertaining roast and performance program on The Anna McCowan-Johnson Stage in the Betty Oliphant Theatre featuring generations of NBS alumni and current students, followed by dinner service and post-reception in the heart of NBS, Mona Campbell Square. Tickets start at $1,500 per person.

 

 

DREAM BIG Supporters

Thank you for helping NBS secure future dreams and celebrate Mavis’ immeasurable legacy.

Special Thanks to Dream Big Co-Chairs


Kiki Delaney and Ann Lawson-Brehl

Breakthrough Support

The Delaney Family
Joan Lozinski, OC & Jerry Lozinski, OC
The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, CC
Anonymous

Innovators

The Lawrence Schafer Foundation
Ann Lawson-Brehl & Paul Brehl

Dancing Opens Doors Presenting Supporter


A gift in honour of Anna McCowan-Johnson*

Media Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Campaign Champions

Baker Family Foundation
Bettina Baruch Foundation
Burgundy Legacy Foundation
Anne Mette de Place Filippini
eBay Inc.
Joanne Hing & Skylar Mahwanie
The Michael & Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation
Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle
Gurney M. Kranz Charitable Foundation
Janine & Troy Maxwell
Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Andrea Stairs Krishnappa & Nini Krishnappa
Bruce & Erica Walter
Anonymous (3)

Campaign Benefactors

Geoff & Tanya Alcock
Ann Binet
Janie Brennan & Peter Evans
Alexandrina & Jeffrey Canto-Thaler
Chamberlain Fund for the Arts
Carol Darling & Lou Montana
Rosemary & Dean Dover
Alice Fox
The Grange of Prince Edward
Lisa Kirk
Curtis & Lori Link
Lorraine Luski & Richard Sage
Juanita Montalvo
Judith Moses & Peter Lyman
Shirley Porter-Johnson
Frances & Tim Price
Florence Sharpe Barwell
Anne Soh & Susan Sutherland
Harry Underwood
Anonymous (2)

Dream Big Tribute Event Tables

Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd.
Renette & David Berman Family Foundation
Carol A. Cowan
D2L
Patritzia Ferrari
Gardiner Roberts LLP
Timothy & Jacquelyn Hack
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Reuven International Limited
Tanya V. Taylor
Torys LLP

Dream Big Tribute Event Tickets

Justin & Anastasia Bobb | Elizabeth Brown & Michael Boughn | Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. | Frances Carmichael & Jack Cashman | Caron Thorburn Institute | Carol Darling & Lou Montana | Kamala Jean Gopie | Sally Hannon & Howard Barton | Hilary & Bradley Hennick | Nancy & Matt Holland | Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle | Jolie Lin & Ian Crosbie | J. Loewen Family | Gurbani Marwah | Fabio Mascarin Foundation | Janine & Troy Maxwell | Brian Miron | Jessica Moes | Judith Moses & Peter Lyman | The Newton Family | Sandra Pierce | Jim Scott & Jim Robertson | Elaine Solway & John Moore | Kim Tanenbaum | Michael Vels & Pam Davidson | Karlee Vukets & Brandon Mazerall | Martha H. Wilder | Anonymous (2)

Donor listing as of February 27, 2024. Full listing will be posted summer 2024. To learn about the DREAM BIG Tribute Fundraising Event, or inquire about tables and tickets, please contact cireton@nbs-enb.ca

*Fondly remembered

Dancing
Opens Doors

NBS’ Dancing Opens Doors initiative is raising funds for programs of high need and potential across all areas of NBS’ programming, making the limitless opportunities of dance more accessible and inclusive. Through Dancing Opens Doors, the following generous donors have made an important contribution to Block Party and to The Assemblée Internationale 2023. Thank you!

 

 

Dancing
Opens Doors

NBS’ Dancing Opens Doors initiative is raising funds for programs of high need and potential across all areas of NBS’ programming, making the limitless opportunities of dance more accessible and inclusive. Through Dancing Opens Doors, the following generous donors have made an important contribution to Block Party and to The Assemblée Internationale 2023. Thank you!

 

 

NBS History

Read more about NBS’ History, including Mavis Staines’ indelible impact over her 35 years as CEO and Artistic Director.

Read the press release

Canada’s National Ballet School announces visionary leader Mavis Staines will retire as Artistic Director in June 2024