Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Celebrates Diversity by Marching in the Toronto Pride Parade - Ballet Jörgen

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2016

[Toronto, ON – June 13, 2016] Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will be celebrating the company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal rights by marching with over 20 dancers in the Toronto Pride Parade on July 3, 2016.

Since its inception in 1987, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen has been dedicated to building audiences for the performing arts by inspiring, enriching and connecting with communities through dance.

The company tours Canada with over 120 performances each year, making professional ballet accessible to a wide range of rural, urban and inner-city communities.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen maintains that ballet can be enjoyed and appreciated by people from all different walks of life, and strongly believes that dance should be an inclusive art form at every level.

Our company recruits dancers purely on facility and talent, regardless of the artist’s shape, size, sexuality or background. This equitable mandate also applies to our educational programming.

“Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is proud to be a company that has always supported and celebrated artists regardless of their race, sexuality, gender or religion, and we work with dancers of all shapes and sizes. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, and we are thrilled to support our LGBT dancers and company members by marching in the Pride Parade this summer.” – Artistic Director and CEO, Bengt Jörgen.

The company will be announcing their 2016/2017 season and national tour dates later this month.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is grateful for the operating support from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. We would also like to thank George Brown College, our Education Partner, and our major corporate partners BMO Financial, RBC Foundation and TD Bank Group for helping us bring ballet from coast to coast.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen 2015-2016 Season Major Supporters

National Presenting Partner


Government Partners

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Apprentice Program Partner

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Education Partner

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Aeroplan Member Donation Program

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We thank Aeroplan for its ongoing
support through the Aeroplan Member Donation Program

Creation Partner

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Atlantic Youth Programming Partner


Travel Partner


Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation Performance Sponsor


Dancer Sponsor and Health & Wellness Partner


Programming Partners

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Nutcracker Youth Education Program Sponsor


Foundation Partners

The Bennett Family Foundation, J. P. Bickell Foundation, Findlay Family Foundation, The Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Foundation, Charles H. Ivey Foundation, Sanford McFarlane Family Foundation, Adele & Paul Deacon Nanton Fund

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen builds communities across Canada through the shared experience of professional ballet. Reaching every province with over 600 events annually, we ensure communities large and small, urban and rural have access to a ballet experience that is recognized for its innovation, warmth and beauty. Inspiring and connecting with Canadians for over 25 years, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen makes ballet and Canadian choreography a meaningful part of Canadians’ lives through performance, education, and community engagement.

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For more information, photos, media passes, and/or to request an interview, contact:

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Kerry Ann Thomas, 416.415.5000 ext. 2886