For Immediate Release
MEDIA CONTACT:  Peggy Walt (902) 422-5403 atlanticregion@balletjorgen.ca

(Halifax, NS) Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will be presenting additional programming in the Maritimes in the coming weeks in the lead up to its full-length production of

Romeo and Juliet.  The company is bringing its children’s ballet The Velveteen Rabbit to elementary schools in Saint John, Truro and HRM from April 7-10, and presenting Ballet 101’s in four HRM libraries on Tuesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 19.  They’ll also hold auditions for their summer programs and George Brown Dance on Sunday, April 13 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Maritime Conservatory of Dance, and provide master classes to ballet students at Halifax Dance and the Maritime Conservatory.

On Monday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. they will take part in a dialogue entitled Eating Disorders in Dance:  Examining our role in prevention, early detection and support.  This seminar is for dance teachers and studio owners and is being offered free of charge by Dance Nova Scotia, the IWK Hospital, The Eating Disorder Project (Self-Help Connection) and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.  The seminar will be broadcast from the IWK Teleconference Centre to health centres around the province upon demand.  The panel will include therapist, choreographer and former CBJ company member Kathleen Rea and pediatrician Nadia Aumerally from the IWK as well as Psychologist Dr. Joanne Gusella.  Please confirm registration at director@dancens.ca.

The seminar asks how we can help young people navigate ever-increasing body image pressure, combined with the demands of the dance discipline and its perceived norms.  The expert panel will provide dance teachers with tools to create healthier environments for prevention and provide knowledge on how to recognize and deal with a student with an eating disorder.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is touring Romeo and Juliet as part of its 20 city cross-Canada tour on April 16 and 17 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  The evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. and there is a special schools-only matinée performance on Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. The Halifax shows will be accompanied with live orchestra provided by Symphony Nova Scotia (www.symphonynovascotia.ca). Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and revenge is masterfully transformed into Bengt Jörgen’s magical world of ballet.  With music by Sergei Prokofiev, costume design by Annapolis Royal’s Gary Dahs, and set and lighting design by Glenn Davidson, the production has been described as  “a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet” by The Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron.  Tickets are now on sale at the Box Office, Dalhousie Arts Centre.  You can purchase on-line (www.artscentre.dal.ca), in person or by calling (902) 494-3820.  There are discounts for students and seniors and groups of ten or more.  School administrators should call 494-6406 to reserve for the matinée performance; tickets are $10.

Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen will give a pre-performance chat at 6:45 p.m. both evenings about the ballet in the Sculpture Court of the Dalhousie Arts Centre; this chat is free for everyone attending the performance. 

The Halifax performances are made possible by CBJ Season Sponsor RBC Wealth Management, Margaret and David Foundation, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald, Westin Nova Scotia and KOOL 96.5 FM Radio. The national presenting partner for

Romeo and Juliet is BMO Financial Group. Atlantic Canada Programming is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is recognized for the innovation, warmth, humour and beauty in its works.  For over 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences, and community engagement. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is proud to be one of the country’s pre-eminent builders of new ballets.

Since the formal establishment of the company’s Atlantic Canada Hub, headquartered in Halifax and supported by committed and passionate dance enthusiasts, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen continues to reach thousands of Atlantic Canadians each year through its performances, education programming, and community activities.  This includes ensuring that every youth in Nova Scotia has seen ballet at least twice before they leave high school. For more information visit www.balletjorgencanada.ca. You can find Canada’s Ballet Jörgen on Facebook, and watch videos of their performances with behind-the-scenes footage on their YouTube channel.

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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (PRONOUNCE YOUR-GUN) are bringing their production of Romeo and Juliet to Halifax, with live orchestral accompaniment by Symphony Nova Scotia, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.  Tickets are on sale now through the Arts Centre Box Office and are available by calling the box office at 494-3820, or on-line.  Balletgoers can also attend a free pre-show chat about the ballet with Artistic Director, Bengt Jörgen, in the Sculpture Court at 6:45 p.m.

There is also a special matinée performance for schools on Thursday morning, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are just ten dollars and if you would like to take your students to Romeo and Juliet, please call the Box Office School’s Line at 494-6406.

Additionally, the company is partnering with the IWK Hospital, Dance Nova Scotia and The Eating Disorder Project to present a seminar for dance teachers on Eating Disorders in Dance. That’s taking place on Monday, April 14 from ten to one at the IWK with broadcast to health centres around the province.  To find out more, contact Dance Nova Scotia by emailing director@dancens.ca.

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Information:  Peggy Walt, peggy@culturalaffairs.ca
(902) 422-5403 office, (902) 476-1096 (cell)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Velveteen Rabbit
Monday, April 7 – Saint John 10:00 a.m.
Princess Elizabeth School show
20 Sixth Street, Saint John
(506) 858-5356, contact Jeff Nelson, Vice-Principal
or Kathy Olive – kathy.olive@nbed.nb.ca

Velveteen Rabbit
Tuesday, April 8 – HRM
Hammonds Plains Consolidated (2 shows)
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
2180 Hammonds Plains Road, (902) 832-8412
Samantha White, Contact, samfwhite@gmail.com

Velveteen Rabbit
Wednesday, April 9 – Truro – 8:45 a.m.
Truro Elementary School – 125 Curtis Drive
(902) 896-5755, Michael Price, Principal
pricemj@ccrsb.ca

Harmony Heights Elementary – 1:00 p.m.
25 Cedar Drive, Salmon River, (902) 896-5798
Wanda Vautour, Principal – vatourwm@ccrsb.ca
Booked by Lenore Zann, MLA, Truro

Velveteen Rabbit
Thursday, April 10 – HRM – 8:45 a.m.
Ecole Rockingham School – (902) 457-8986
31 Tremont Drive, Lynn Douglas Principal

William King Elementary – 12:45 p.m.
91 St. Paul’s Avenue, Herring Cove, 479-4200
Stephen Driscoll, Principal, sdriscoll@hrsb.ca

Velveteen Rabbit
Friday, April 11–  Bible Hill (Truro area) – 9:30 a.m.
Bible Hill Elementary, 103 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS (902) 896-5507
Kathy Fougere, Principal, fougerekj@ccrsb.ca

Romeo & Juliet
Saturday, April 12 – Summerside, PEI

Auditions
Sunday, April 13 – 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Maritime Conservatory for Company, summer programs, George Brown Dance

Passover
April 14-15

Seminar
Monday, April 14 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Eating Disorders in Dance:  Examining our Role in
Treatment and Prevention, IWK Hospital
A seminar for dance teachers and studio owners presented by the IWK, the Eating Disorder Project (Self-Help Connection), Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and Dance NS

Ballet 101
Tuesday, April 15 – HRM
Keshen Goodman (10:30 a.m.)
Tantallon (10:30 a.m.)

Ballet 101
Saturday, April 19 – HRM
Alderney Gate (2:30 p.m.)
Sackville Library (2:00 p.m.)

Romeo & Juliet
Tuesday, April 15 (load in at Cohn)

Romeo & Juliet
Wednesday, April 16 8:00 p.m.
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

R&J schools matinee
Thursday, April 1710:30 a.m. (60 min.)

Romeo & Juliet
Thursday, April 17 8:00 p.m.

Good Friday
Friday, April 18

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 20

Easter Monday
Monday, April 21

Romeo & Juliet
Wednesday, April 23 – St. John’s, NL

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