moving into the world

On September 28, 1959, NBS began with 27 full-time students, training in the cramped quarters of the Quaker Meeting House. Now, each fall, NBS welcomes more than 150 students from around the world to its professional ballet program, housed in a complex of internationally renowned facilities. Thousands more participate each year in the wealth of community programs that NBS offers.

NBS has remained a dynamic presence in the Canadian cultural landscape by adapting to the needs of a diverse and changing community. It recognizes the impact dance can have on people of all ages and has designed programs to meet the specific needs of various groups. In doing so it has embraced the full potential of digital technologies to expand access to its programs. As it approaches its 60th anniversary in 2020, NBS continues to look for innovative ways to celebrate dance and share its benefits.

Sharing Dance, a community initiative of Canada's National Ballet School, aims to spread the benefits of movement by encouraging Canadians of all ages and fitness levels to experience the joy of dance.