News and Updates
March 30, 2017

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation than with the nation’s biggest dance celebration? One of 38 Canada 150 Signature Projects, Sharing Dance Canada 2017 (sharingdance.ca) has been launched by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) to celebrate this milestone year for Canada by getting Canadians healthy, active, and artistically engaged through dance.

 “Dance plays an invaluable role in Canada; Sharing Dance is all about encouraging Canadians to celebrate Canada’s strength of diversity and cultural richness through embracing the benefits and joy of dance,” says Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and CEO of NBS.

 Sharing Dance, which is free and easy to access at sharingdance.ca, includes:

  • Unique choreography reflecting Canadian values of diversity and celebrating people’s stories
  • A series of step-by-step online rehearsal videos breaking down the 4½-minute choreography to enable all Canadians—the young and young-at-heart—to learn the dance moves
  • Toolkits and Resources to empower schools and community groups—such as seniors’ centres, youth-based organizations, newcomer centres, as well as dance groups, studios and more—to create their own rehearsal schedules and grassroots events
  • Open rehearsals in communities across the country
  • Community performances across the country at Sharing Dance Day events beginning June 2nd  

For the 2017 choreography, NBS brought together four Canadian choreographers—representing distinct styles of dance, cultural backgrounds and geographic locations in Canada—to give voice and movement to a unique work that embodies and celebrates Canada’s diversity and artistic identity. Led by NBS artistic staff, with Kevin Ormsby as collaborative lead, choreographers include:

  • Kimberley Cooper (Calgary)
  • Eugene Baffoe (Winnipeg)
  • Tracee Smith (Toronto)
  • Roger Sinha (Montreal)

The dance is set to a specially remixed piece of Canadian music by Laura Silberberg-Sgroi remixed by Skratch Bastid and performed by the Afiara Quartet featuring Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik, who was born in the Northwest Territories.

Sharing Dance Canada 2017 is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, and with Shaw Communications Inc. as a presenting partner. The program is made possible with the support of national partners including Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Physical and Health Education Canada, the Globe and Mail, and Scotiabank, as well as community partners across Canada.