What We Do - Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

What We Do

Who We Are

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is a classical ballet company that aims to make ballet accessible and relevant to 21st century audiences. We like to tell Canadian stories and always reflect a Canadian identity in our programming.

Where We Work

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen delivers programming in all 10 of Canada’s provinces as well as into the United States. Every year the Company tours from coast to coast travelling over 50,000 km to reach underserved communities.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is headquartered and has its studios at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College in Toronto, ON. The Company also has a hub in Halifax, NS. supporting programming throughout Atlantic Canada. In addition, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen delivers enhanced programming into three Ontario centres, Hamilton, Ottawa, and the Waterloo Region and Saskatoon, SK (started in 2016).

Who We Reach

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen reaches close to 60,000 people every year (59,115 in 2014/2015). 30% of our audiences are of diverse origin* and we make ballet accessible to households with an annual income of less than $35,000*. One third of our audiences for public performances are under the age of 18. Currently, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen programming reaches 58% of all postal codes in its home province of Ontario*.
*Aimia Data Philanthropy for Social Purpose Analysis, Nov 2015

We Deliver Programming in Three Key Areas

1.  Traditional Stage Performances

Traditional stage performances take place in theatre venues and include a number of different ballets, such as:

Full length ballets:

  • The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition
  • Swan Lake
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Coppélia
  • Anastasia
  • Cinderella

One-Act or shorter ballets:

  • Bouffonia (One-Act)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (One-Act for young audiences) also available in school gyms
  • Mixed programmes of shorter classical and contemporary ballets

2.  Education Programs

Education Programs: the dance training and performance experience for aspiring dancers is made up of 14 different programs, which include:

  • Apprentice Program – A program designed for emerging professional ballet dancers at the beginning of their careers
  • Junior Company – A simulated Company environment training program designed for emerging professional ballet dancers who are transitioning into the professional world
  • George Brown Dance – 3 post-secondary dance programs (ballet, contemporary, jazz/hip hop), which are delivered in partnership with George Brown College
  • Mentorship Program – A post graduate one-year program working with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen
  • Four summer dance training programs for ages [9 – 24]
  • Canada-wide Master Class & Workshop programs
  • Canada-wide Local Participant Program where local dance students can audition to perform youth parts in major productions with the Company.
  • The Nutcracker Touring Cast where talented students will tour with the Company to perform youth parts in The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition.


3.  Dance For Everyone

Dance for Everyone: workshops, performances and events right in the community and digital programming, which includes a variety of presentations and events, both live and on-line, such as:

  • One-act story ballet performances in school gyms
  • Ballet 101 – An introductory and interactive presentation of ballet for libraries, seniors’ homes, schools and community centres.
  • Creation for film, video, YouTube and other electronic formats
  • Commission and research projects for using technology in dance
  • Pre-and-post show talk, including question and answer periods
  • Pointe shoe workshop
  • Dance workshop for non-dancers
  • Visits backstage, meet the dancers
  • Question and answer periods
  • Performances in a range of non-theatre settings, including stores, transportation hubs, parks, hospitals, community centres and office atriums.