Ballet in Canada

Canada’s ballet landscape is dynamic and prosperous, with cities nationwide boasting prestigious ballet troupes and hosting various captivating performances. Leading the charge in the ballet world are vital institutions such as the National Ballet of Canada based in Toronto, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, and Ballet BC in Vancouver. These companies not only showcase classical and contemporary ballet pieces but also contribute significantly to the cultural fabric of their respective cities. For enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves in the grace and beauty of ballet, now is the perfect time to explore the diverse performances and secure ballet tickets at the most competitive prices.

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Canada Ballets

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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    06
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Wed
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $70
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    07
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Thu
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $70
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  • Malpaso Dance Company
    Mar
    07
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Thu
    Malpaso Dance Company
    T2G 0K9, 205 8th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB, CA
    Prices from $68
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    07
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Thu
    Prices from $64
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  • Ballet BC: Now
    Mar
    07
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Thu
    Ballet BC: Now
    V6B 2P1, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, CA
    Prices from $48
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    08
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Fri
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $70
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    08
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Fri
    Prices from $55
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  • Ballet BC: Now
    Mar
    08
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Fri
    Ballet BC: Now
    V6B 2P1, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, CA
    Prices from $43
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    09
    2024
    2:00 PM
    Sat
    Prices from $57
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    09
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Sat
    Prices from $64
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  • Ballet BC: Now
    Mar
    09
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Sat
    Ballet BC: Now
    V6B 2P1, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, CA
    Prices from $49
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  • Dancing With The Stars
    Mar
    12
    2024
    7:00 PM
    Tue
    Prices from $405
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    12
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Tue
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $105
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    13
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Wed
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $116
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    14
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Thu
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $150
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  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens: Cantata
    Mar
    14
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Thu
    H2X 1Z8, 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC, CA
    Prices from $378
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    15
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Fri
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $116
    Tickets
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens: Cantata
    Mar
    15
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Fri
    H2X 1Z8, 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC, CA
    Prices from $41
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    16
    2024
    2:00 PM
    Sat
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $70
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    16
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Sat
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $70
    Tickets
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens: Cantata
    Mar
    16
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Sat
    H2X 1Z8, 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC, CA
    Prices from $378
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  • National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    Mar
    17
    2024
    2:00 PM
    Sun
    National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventure In Wonderland
    M5H 4G1, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, CA
    Prices from $144
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    22
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Fri
    T6G 2T2, 11455 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, CA
    Prices from $64
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  • Ballet BC: Now
    Mar
    22
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Fri
    Ballet BC: Now
    V3X 3L5, 6250 144 St., Surrey, BC, CA
    Prices from $159
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    23
    2024
    2:00 PM
    Sat
    T6G 2T2, 11455 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, CA
    Prices from $88
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    23
    2024
    7:30 PM
    Sat
    T6G 2T2, 11455 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, CA
    Prices from $68
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  • Ballet BC: Now
    Mar
    23
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Sat
    Ballet BC: Now
    V3X 3L5, 6250 144 St., Surrey, BC, CA
    Prices from $159
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  • Alberta Ballet: Hansel and Gretel
    Mar
    24
    2024
    2:00 PM
    Sun
    T6G 2T2, 11455 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, CA
    Prices from $64
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  • Nederlands Dans Theater: Mixed Program
    Mar
    27
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Wed
    Prices from $143
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  • Nederlands Dans Theater: Mixed Program
    Mar
    28
    2024
    8:00 PM
    Thu
    Prices from $143
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List Of All Performances

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Ballet
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Ballet
Performances: 10
Four Seasons Centre
Mar 6, 2024 7:30 PM
National Ballet Of Canada
National Ballet Of Canada
Performances: 23
Four Seasons Centre
Mar 6, 2024 7:30 PM
Malpaso Dance Company - Dance
Malpaso Dance Company - Dance
Performances: 1
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Mar 7, 2024 7:30 PM
Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet
Performances: 14
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Mar 7, 2024 7:30 PM
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel
Performances: 8
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Mar 7, 2024 7:30 PM
Ballet BC
Ballet BC
Performances: 8
Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver
Mar 7, 2024 8:00 PM
Dancing With The Stars
Dancing With The Stars
Performances: 1
Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver
Mar 12, 2024 7:00 PM
Cantata
Cantata
Performances: 3
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier At Place Des Arts
Mar 14, 2024 8:00 PM
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Performances: 13
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier At Place Des Arts
Mar 14, 2024 8:00 PM
Nederlands Dans Theater
Nederlands Dans Theater
Performances: 2
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Mar 27, 2024 8:00 PM
Mixed Program
Mixed Program
Performances: 2
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Mar 27, 2024 8:00 PM
The Tragedy of Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
The Tragedy of Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Performances: 1
Winter Garden Theatre - Toronto
Apr 3, 2024 8:00 PM
Snow White - Ballet
Snow White - Ballet
Performances: 3
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Apr 11, 2024 8:00 PM
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Performances: 7
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Apr 11, 2024 8:00 PM
Carmina Burana - Ballet
Carmina Burana - Ballet
Performances: 9
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier At Place Des Arts
Apr 13, 2024 2:00 PM
Skulls and Crowns
Skulls and Crowns
Performances: 1
The Centre In Vancouver For Performing Arts
Apr 18, 2024 7:00 PM
Margie Gillis Dance Foundation
Margie Gillis Dance Foundation
Performances: 1
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Apr 20, 2024 8:00 PM
Literature of the Body
Literature of the Body
Performances: 1
Southam Hall at National Arts Centre
Apr 20, 2024 8:00 PM
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Performances: 4
Bluma Appel Theatre
May 9, 2024 2:00 PM
For Ever
For Ever
Performances: 3
Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver
May 9, 2024 8:00 PM
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Overview of Ballet in Canada

Ballet in Canada is a vibrant and evolving art form, reflecting the country’s diverse cultural landscape. Various factors, including immigration, government support, and the contributions of key individuals and institutions, have influenced the development of ballet in Canada. Here’s an overview of ballet in Canada, covering its history, significant companies, and influential figures:

History and Development

  • Early Beginnings: Ballet in Canada began to take root in the 20th century, with the establishment of small ballet groups and the arrival of European dance teachers who fled the turmoil of World War II.
  • National Ballet of Canada: Founded in 1951 by Celia Franca, the National Ballet of Canada is one of the country’s leading ballet companies, known for its diverse repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary works.
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB): Established in 1939, RWB is North America’s oldest continuously operating ballet company. It received its royal title in 1953, becoming the first ballet company in the Commonwealth to be granted this honor.

Major Companies and Institutions

  • National Ballet of Canada: Based in Toronto, it’s renowned for performing traditional ballet classics and works by contemporary choreographers.
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Known for its versatility and innovative productions, RWB has contributed significantly to the development of ballet in Canada.
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Founded in 1957, this company is renowned for contemporary and innovative ballet performances, often focusing on contemporary choreography.
  • Ballet BC: Based in Vancouver, Ballet BC is known for its contemporary approach and emphasis on innovative choreography and artistic collaboration.

Influential Figures

  • Celia Franca: Founder of the National Ballet of Canada, played a crucial role in establishing and developing a distinctive Canadian ballet culture.
  • Fernand Nault: A key figure in the development of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, contributing significantly to its repertoire and identity.
  • Arnold Spohr: Longtime artistic director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Spohr was instrumental in elevating the company to international status.

Educational Institutions

  • National Ballet School of Canada: Established in 1959, it’s one of the world’s leading ballet schools, known for producing internationally acclaimed dancers.
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet School: Offers professional training and has contributed significantly to the development of dancers in Canada.

Contemporary Scene

  • The contemporary ballet scene in Canada is characterized by innovation and diversity, with companies and choreographers experimenting with new forms and interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • There’s a growing emphasis on inclusivity and reflecting Canada’s multicultural society in ballet productions.

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Funding: Like many cultural institutions, Ballet companies in Canada face funding and financial sustainability challenges.
  • Diversity: There’s an ongoing effort to increase diversity within the ballet community, both on stage and behind the scenes, to reflect Canada’s multicultural population.

Ballet in Canada continues to evolve, with a strong foundation in the classical tradition and a dynamic engagement with contemporary themes and technologies. The support of the public and private sectors, along with the dedication of artists and educators, ensures that ballet remains a vital part of Canada’s cultural landscape.

Top Cities

Canada has a vibrant ballet scene, with several cities hosting renowned ballet companies and offering regular performances. Here are some of the best cities in Canada to see ballet:

  • Toronto, Ontario: Home to the National Ballet of Canada, one of the country’s premier ballet companies, Toronto offers a range of performances from classical to contemporary ballet. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the city’s main venue for ballet performances.
  • Montreal, Quebec: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal is based in this culturally rich city. Montreal is known for its diverse arts scene, and the ballet company is no exception, often blending traditional and innovative ballet performances.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia: The Ballet BC in Vancouver is known for its contemporary approach to ballet. The company performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and offers a mix of classical reinterpretations and new works.
  • Ottawa, Ontario: Canada’s capital city hosts the National Arts Centre, a significant venue for ballet performances. While Ottawa does not have a major ballet company, it regularly features performances by visiting companies, including the National Ballet of Canada.
  • Calgary, Alberta: The Alberta Ballet, which also performs in Edmonton, is based in Calgary. It’s one of Canada’s most prominent ballet companies and offers a range of classical and contemporary works, often featuring music from famous artists.
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is Canada’s oldest ballet company renowned for excellence in classical and contemporary ballet. The company performs at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.
  • Edmonton, Alberta: Along with Calgary, Edmonton is a home city for the Alberta Ballet. The company’s performances in Edmonton occur at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Each city offers a unique ballet experience, from traditional performances to contemporary interpretations, making them great destinations for ballet enthusiasts visiting Canada.