In celebration of International Dance Day 2010, NBS organized a flashmob at the Toronto Eaton Centre for recreational dancers from the broader community. Over 300 dancers from the ages of 6 to 82 enthusiastically leaped, pirouetted and clapped their way through the routine. The success of this event inspired NBS to continue this outreach initiative and so Sharing Dance was launched.
Each year, NBS commissions a new Sharing Dance routine that showcases a different style of choreography to songs of Canadian musicians. Different versions of the routine are developed so dancers of all ages and fitness levels can participate. Participants can learn the routine by attending rehearsals at NBS or through tutorials posted on the Sharing Dance website. In May, the dancers who have learned the routine gather in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate their accomplishment by performing together with the entire Sharing Dance community. NBS is currently encouraging cities across Canada to join in, learn the latest routine and host their own Sharing Dance celebrations.