On the Ground

What do You Want to Know about Dance?

Hearing from the Crowd at Sharing Dance Day By Sarah Lochhead, Anastasia Kolotova, Valeria Nunziato
  • Attendees at Sharing Dance Day, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

On June 2, Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Sharing Dance Day was held at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The annual event is NBS’s flagship community outreach initiative, which offers free dance programs to the community as a way to get active, healthy and artistic. Toronto was just one out of the five cities to host official Sharing Dance events, with other cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. 

The day saw engagement, participation and spectators of over 15,000 children, youth and seniors. As part of the event’s passport activity, in which organizations asked participants questions, The Dance Current asked attendees to tell us about a dance-related topic or artist they’re interested in learning more about. The answers received ranged from naming particular styles of dance to meta questions on how genres of dance are established and when the first dance was created. In total we collected 167 responses, primarily from students participating in the youth focused portion of the day.

Here’s what we learned:

Out of the participants who wanted to learn more about a specific genre of dance, the top six responses were: hip hop and break dance 33.9%;  ballet 16.9%;  jazz 13.8%; acro 10.8%; salsa/bachata 6.2%.




Some of the burning questions raised were: “What is the training process of a dancer or a ballerina?” and “What is the creative process behind choreography”?

Many participants had other specific topics that they were keen on learning more about (classical tutus and pointe shoes, injury prevention, dance history). Some participants were interested in learning more about famous dancers like Karen Kain and Michael Jackson.



NBS’s Sharing Dance Day 2017 continued in Ottawa on July 1st, which combined the celebration of Canada’s 150 and love of dance into one event. In Ottawa, Sharing Dance was involved in two events, one of which was a workshop held on Parliament Hill with over 30,000 attending.

NBS’s Sharing Dance Day 2017 will be taking part in Fall For Dance North, where the 2017 choreography will be remounted as part of the event’s activities at Union Station (dates and times are to be confirmed).

For more information about next year’s Sharing Dance Day >> nbs-enb.ca/sharing-dance/what-is-sharing-dance/


For further exploration:
Articles on hip hop and break dance:
Articles on ballet:
Articles on jazz:
Articles on salsa and bachata:

Bachata video: thedancecurrent.com/video/phases-dance-animated-short


Image credits:
            Break-dancer icon - Break Dance by sobinsergey from the Noun Project
            Ballerina icon - Ballet Dancer by Glenna Xie from the Noun Project
            Jazz Dancer icon - Dancing by Christian Mohr from the Noun Project
            Cartwheel icon - Gymnast by AnsteyDesign from the Noun Project
            Bachata/Salsa icon - couple dance by sobinsergey from the Noun Project
            Book icon - Book by Mello from the Noun Project
            Tap Dancing icon - Tap dancing shoes by Coby Graphics from the Noun Project
            Creative Brain icon - Creative mind by Symbolon from the Noun Project
            Karen Kain icon - by Ryan Peterson from the Noun Project
            Pointe Shoes icon - ballet slippers by Ron Scott from the Noun Project
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