Program from the first NBS Choreographic Workshop, May 22, 1968. Student choreographers included Timothy Spain, Ann Ditchburn, Jane Mogg, David Gordon, and David Hatch Walker. 

Students perform as part of the 2014 Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop. 

Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshops

The first choreographic workshop at NBS took place in 1968. As a result of a special grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, nine students were able to explore their choreographic talent through the presentation of new work. However, workshops would not become a recurring element of NBS’ curriculum until 1993 when the family of the late Stephen Godfrey, a dance critic from The Globe and Mail and an NBS patron, established a fund in his name to support annual choreographic workshops.

Each year, students from Grades 9 to 12 can apply to participate in the two-week Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop that takes place during NBS’ intensive summer program. Working with mentors from the dance faculty, the stage manager as well as wardrobe and lighting professionals, the students are able to experience the collaborative process of creating and presenting their own choreography.

Students perform as part of the 2011 Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop. 

A pas de deux in the 2014 Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop performance. 

Paul Calderone discusses the creative and collaborative process of creating a work during the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop in 2010.