25th anniversary celebrations
The year 1984 marked the 25th anniversary of Canada’s National Ballet School. In its first twenty-five years, the School had emerged as an international leader in professional ballet training, as evidenced by the fact its graduates were dancing in companies around the world.
In honour of this milestone, the City of Toronto named November 19th – 25th “National Ballet School Week.” A wide variety of celebratory activities took place, including public tours of the facilities, screenings of films about the School, and a gala performance by students and alumni, but a central event was an international conference on ballet’s future. Artistic directors, choreographers, composers, funders and critics from Canada and abroad accepted NBS’ invitation to participate in a diverse range of discussions on the state of the art form. This was a clear indication that the School was firmly established as an international centre for dance.