Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 17, 2006 19:30 ET

Canada's New Government Supports National Ballet School

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2006) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today announced funding for Canada's National Ballet School. The funds will support the School's expanded operations since moving into its award-winning new facilities last fall.

"The National Ballet School has a well-deserved international reputation for excellence in ballet training and dance education," said Minister Oda. "Canada's New Government is proud to work with all our partners in supporting the arts and our current and future artists."

Canada's National Ballet School provides a full-time ballet training program integrated with academics and residence for students in Grade 6 to 12, as well as a host of other full- and part-time dancer and teacher training programs. Now celebrating 47 years, the School is well recognized for the contribution it has made to the national and international dance scene, with prominent graduates such as Karen Kain, James Kudelka, and Veronica Tennant. In fall 2005, the National Ballet School officially opened its Jarvis Street campus, which provides state-of-the-art training, academic, and administrative facilities.

Supplementary funding of $800,000 announced today will bring the total Canadian Heritage contribution to the School in 2006-2007 to $4.8 million.

"The Department of Canadian Heritage has always recognized the excellence of our dance training programs and has provided the consistent funding that is so crucial to our ongoing success," said Charles Richards, chair of the National Ballet School's board of directors. "We are pleased to receive Canadian Heritage's additional contribution for 2006-2007, and we look forward to continuing our successful relationship as we enhance the quality, scope, and reach of our programs."

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its National Arts Training Contribution Program. The Program supports independent, non-profit, incorporated Canadian organizations that train Canadians for professional national and international careers in the arts.

(This release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of
    Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations