October 6, 2010

Ballet Jörgen Canada (BJC) is back with a week of local programming in Halifax this fall, including the Canadian premiere of its gorgeous new children’s ballet,

A World to Shake, a performance of new work by local choreographers, and a special Student for a Day workshop for young dance students working with the BJC dancers and George Brown Dance Faculty.

The company will also present A World to Shake to Nova Scotia schoolchildren in Truro, the Valley and Halifax Regional Municipality, before moving on to New Brunswick schools.  BJC has recently release a short video about A World to Shake on the Company’s YouTube channel:

The popular Ballet in the Studio program at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts returns, allowing ballet lovers to get up close and personal with the dancers, who will give the Halifax premiere of Bengt Jörgen’s Life & Laughter.

New this season for Halifax audiences is the opportunity to purchase a season package to the expanded BJC programming, which includes the spring presentation of the full-length ballet Anastasia at the Spatz Theatre on March 30.  Subscriptions range from $53-$74.60 for youth, students and seniors and from $66.60 to $82.60 for adults including tax.  Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at all Ticket Atlantic sites, online at, or by phone at 451-1221 local and 1-877-451-1221 toll-free.

First up is the Atlantic Canada premiere of BJC’s new children’s ballet, A World to Shake at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts (Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax) on Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15-21 with special family prices available and discounts for groups.  A World to Shake is a new Canadian story and a discovery for children of all ages – Esme is turning thirteen  and reflectively peers into her special snow globe.  She shakes up the world inside and is entranced as the enchanted village comes to life!  What’s ahead is a world of excitement as Esme discovers more about herself and the world around her on her birthday.  Written by Emil Sher (Hannah’s Suitcase) and choreographed by Matjash Mrozewski, the production features magical Birds, a beautiful Tree, wild Beasts and more.

This year’s Ballet in the Studio (BITS) takes place on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts (6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax).  Tickets range from $15-21, with a special group rate for groups of six or more students from dance schools.  BITS is an intimate studio show, which includes the chance to meet the BJC dancers at a reception, and informal introductions from the company to each piece.  Featured works include the Halifax premiere of Bengt Jörgen’s Life & Laughter, as well as excerpts from Anastasia, a new work by Toronto choreographer Malgortzata Nowacka and other works. BITS is a perfect opportunity for dance students to get up close and personal with professional ballet dancers!

Ballet Jörgen Canada will also present a Student for a Day workshop on Sunday, October 30 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:5 p.m. at Halifax Dance (1505 Barrington Street, Halifax).  Advance registration is required.  The cost is $75 plus HST including lunch and a ticket to the Solos and Duets performance.  Please register at or call (416) 415-5000, ext. 2196.  Students interested in auditioning for George Brown Dance or the BJC Summer Programs are also welcome to attend.

The work of seven local choreographers will be featured at a special performance of Solos and Duets, a performance of short new works, directly after the Student for a Day workshop at Halifax Dance.  Free for workshop participants, the performance is a pay-what-you-can at the door.  The local choreographers are:  Natalie Sweeney & Megan Fitzgerald, Alexis Cormier, Margot Begin Gillis & Melissa Page Webster, Kym Butler and Jacinte Armstrong. The program gives the choreographers the opportunity to work with professional dancers at no personal cost and to present their new work in an informal setting.

Ballet Jörgen Canada also presents master classes (ballet, jazz and repertoire), workshops, Ballet in the Schools performances and free programing throughout Halifax and Nova Scotia. Contact for more information.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor and beauty, Ballet Jörgen Canada formed in 1987, and is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works.   Ballet Jörgen Canada gives over 120 performances a year, fulfilling their mandate to bring ballet to a wide range of rural based, urban and inner-city communities. Presenting here for over 16 years, the company connects with a broad age range through its school programs, work with local dance schools and choreographers as well as their large-stage performances. The company is supported by an Atlantic Advisory Board, and has co-presented full productions with Symphony Nova Scotia.   On March 30, 2012, Ballet Jörgen will return to Halifax with its full-length ballet, Anastasia at the Spatz Theatre.

Halifax programming is made possible by Margaret and David Fountain, the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel , the Atlantic Advisory Board., the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council , as well as RBC Foundation, Aeroplan, CIBC and other donors.


Ballet Jörgen (PRONOUNCE YOR-GEN) Canada returns to Halifax with a full week of programming including the premiere of its brand-new children’s ballet, A World To Shake, on Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts.  The company also presents Ballet in the Studio – at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall – on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.  with a reception to follow.   This is an amazing opportunity for local dance students and dance enthusiasts to get up close and personal with professional ballet dancers, and there are special rates for dance schools.   Ballet Jörgen Canada will also lead a Student for a Day workshop at Halifax Dance on Sunday, October 30 from 9:15 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is seventy-five dollars plus tax  including lunch, and you can register online at www dot balletjorgencanada dot ca backslash education, by email  education at ballet Jorgen dot ca, or call area code 416 415-5000, extension 4928,.  That’s Ballet Jörgen Canada in Halifax October 22 with a new children’s ballet at the Maritime Conservatory, its Ballet in the Studio program on October 29 at 7:00 p.m., and leading a student for a day workshop on October 30 at Halifax Dance with a Solos and Duets performance that is pay what you can at 3:45 p.m.

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For more information, photos, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Peggy Walt, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion, (902) 422-5403
On-line videos available on the company’s website through YouTube