Leadership, Empowerment, Action, Dance

LEAD—Leadership, Empowerment, Action, Dance—is a free workshop led by professional artists and community mentors that engages 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, LEAD invites participants to 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.

“I learned how dance connects people…This program took different parts of my life that I value, intertwined them and showed me how I can make a difference.” 
- NBS LEAD Participant

Knowing that meaningful leadership opportunities and positive role models help young dancers and future leaders unlock their confidence and potential, LEAD is about:

  • Participating in dance workshops led by professional and emerging dance artists who represent diverse styles and practices.

  • Increasing awareness of the important benefits of regular physical activity.

  • Collaborating and communicating with peers from across Canada.

  • Learning how community arts initiatives can be a catalyst for positive change.

  • Empowering participants to recognize their potential as leaders and creators.


Past Workshops:



  • When: August 4-7, 2022

  • Where: Canada's National Ballet School. 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON.


  • When: April 9 and 10, 2022

  • Where: Canada's National Ballet School. 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON.


  • When: April 28 and 29, 2022

  • Where: Halifax Dance LEAD


  • When: February 20 and 21, 2022

  • Where: Royal Winnipeg Ballet School

Press Release

New Sport Canada Funding Empowers Young Women to LEAD Through Dance

Part-Time Courses for Dance Teachers

Enrich your dance teaching education! Our part-time Professional Development Program offers dance teachers the opportunity to augment their experience, enhance their skills and add to their teaching qualifications.

Addressing Racialization in Ballet Symposium

In this Canada-United States Symposium, participants engage in meaningful and solutions-oriented discussions of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Educator Webinars and Courses

Bring the joy of dance to your classroom! Our ongoing courses and webinars for educators will support you in preparing to engage your students through dance.

Let's get
In Touch

Do you have any questions about LEAD? Complete the email form, or contact megan.ferris@nbs-enb.ca.

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.