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 held the title of Artistic Director and CEO of Canada's National Ballet School for 35 years. As only the second Artistic Director since the organization's establishment in 1959, Mavis has built a profound legacy within the School and beyond—as a leader, educator, mentor, role model, colleague, collaborator, and friend. Mavis’ impact on the School, and on all the people she has connected with along the way, is truly immeasurable. 


Celebrate and congratulate Mavis with us and enjoy this special video that follows Mavis’ journey with NBS.


We are delighted to share a selection of recent publications that highlight Mavis' achievements in the global ballet and dance community:


She made ballet ‘honest, life-changing and a whole lot of fun’: Mavis Staines retires from Canada’s National Ballet School
By Michael Crabb for The Toronto Star

As Mavis Staines Steps Down From Canada’s National Ballet School, She Leaves a Lasting Legacy
By Stephen Low for Pointe Magazine

Mavis Staines: Life and Leadership in Dance
By Grace Elliot for The Dance Current (Note: Subscription required)

Mavis Staines to retire as Artistic Director of the National Ballet School after 35 years of Leadership
By Holly LaRoche for Dance Informa

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

Join us with a gift to Dream Big

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.

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. 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. 


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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


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

Guest Gift Sponsor

Wine Partner

Campaign Champions

Baker Family Foundation
Bettina Baruch Foundation
Burgundy Legacy Foundation
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Anne Mette de Place Filippini
eBay Inc.
Sally Hannon & Howard Barton
Joanne Hing & Skylar Mahwanie
The Michael & Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation
Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle
Gurney M. Kranz Charitable Foundation
Fabio Mascarin Foundation
Janine & Troy Maxwell
Craig & Mireille Pho
Sandra & Jim Pitblado
Rob J. Pryde
Andrea Stairs Krishnappa & Nini Krishnappa
Bruce & Erica Walter
Anonymous (2)

Campaign Benefactors

Geoff & Tanya Alcock
Lynn Bevan Fund
Ann Binet
Janie Brennan & Peter Evans
Alexandrina & Jeffrey Canto-Thaler
Frances Carmichael & Jack Cashman
Chamberlain Fund for the Arts
Prof. Alfred L. Chan
Lindsay Dale-Harris
Carol Darling & Lou Montana
Rags Davloor
Rosemary & Dean Dover
Eprile Family
Alice Fox
Monika Joslin
Helen Kearns & Gary Ursell and Family
Susan Keen & Craig Smith
Lisa Kirk
Jolie Lin & Ian Crosbie
Curtis & Lori Link
Lorraine Luski & Richard Sage
Juanita Montalvo
Judith Moses & Peter Lyman
Jack & Elly Petch
Shirley Porter-Johnson
Frances & Tim Price
Bob Reeves & Carolyn Blaine
Clayton & Ian Scott
Florence Sharpe Barwell
Dr. Frances Shepherd
Anne Soh & Susan Sutherland
Elaine Solway & John Moore
Dianna Symonds
Veronica Tennant, CC, DLitt
Harry Underwood
Paul Winston
Anonymous (2)

Dream Big Tribute Event Tables

Renette & David Berman
Carol A. Cowan
Patrizia Ferrari
Gardiner Roberts LLP
Timothy & Jacquelyn Hack
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Reuven International Limited
Tanya V. Taylor
Torys LLP

Dream Big Tribute Event Tickets

Walter M.* & Lisa Balfour Bowen | Justin & Anastasia Bobb | Elizabeth Brown & Michael Boughn | Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. | Caron Thorburn Institute | Linda Dagg & Kenneth Wiener | Carol Darling & Lou Montana | Eprile Family | Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt | GBCA Architects / Heritage Conservation Consultants | Elizabeth Brown & Michael Boughn | Linda Dagg & Kenneth Wiener | Kamala Jean Gopie | Sally Hannon & Howard Barton | Hilary & Bradley Hennick | Joanne Hing & Skylar Mahwanie | Nancy & Matt Holland | Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle | KPMB Architects | Jennifer Kropac & Kevin Law | Jolie Lin & Ian Crosbie | J. Loewen Family | Gurbani Marwah | Fabio Mascarin Foundation | Janine & Troy Maxwell | Tess Saare McLean | Brian Miron | Jessica Moes | The Newton Family | Sandra Pierce | Diana Reitberger & Harry Beck | Jim Scott & Jim Robertson | Monica Shin & Michael Butcher | Kim Tanenbaum | Carpenters & Allied Workers Local 27 | Michael Vels & Pam Davidson | Michael and Karen Vukets Family Foundation | Martha H. Wilder | Anonymous (3)

*Fondly remembered

Donor listing as of April 29, 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