National Ballet of Canada cancel’s season, launches workshops for kids

The National Ballet of Canada (NBC) is launching a new online programme for children and young people.

NBC has said the new programme will provide “hands-on experience and insight into the world of dance.” Run in partnership with charity VIBE Arts, it will include workshops with dancers, musicians and production staff.

Workshops announced to date include a movement session with first soloist Tina Pereira; an exploration of the music from The Nutcracker led by violinist Jennie Baccante; and tour through the costume department with wardrobe supervisor Stacy Dimitropoulos.

In addition to the workshops, kids that sign up will receive a copy of The Nutcracker by Niroot Puttapipat as well as art materials.

NBC’s announcement came just a few days after it cancelled its entire 2020-21 season. “Although this news is not unexpected, the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020-21 season was made with a heavy heart,” said artistic director Karen Kain.

She continued: “I am particularly disappointed that we must once again postpone the world premiere of my new production of Swan Lake which will now be presented in the 2021-22 season.”

Kain added that the safety of audiences and staff was her first priority. Details of NBC’s 2021-22 season will be announced in the spring.

More information on NBC’s new education programme can be found via the NBC and VIBE Arts websites.

national.ballet.ca | vibearts.ca

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