rites of passage
Life at Canada’s National Ballet School is marked by many rites of passage. Scroll through the page below to read alumni memories of common rites of passage, and leave a comment with your own memories.
FIRST PAIR OF POINTE SHOES
Pointework is the defining characteristic of the classical ballerina, and so a cherished moment for every young girl aspiring to a professional career in dance is the day she is fitted for her first pair of pointe shoes.
Do you remember your first pointe shoes? Do you still have them? Tell us in the comment box above.
PERFORMING IN THE NUTCRACKER
For many young dancers around the world, appearing in a Nutcracker performance is an exciting event. For the junior students at NBS, however, The Nutcracker marks the beginning of truly professional responsibilities. Since its premiere in 1995, the students have performed with the National Ballet of Canada in James Kudelka’s version of The Nutcracker. On stage for nearly the entire ballet, the students work alongside the company members, carrying the narrative and dancing challenging choreography throughout.
Did you dance in The Nutcracker? Tell us about your experience in the comment box at the top of the page.
Graduation is the culmination of years of hard work in academics and ballet. It marks the end of student life at the School and the beginning of an exciting new stage for each graduate.