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It's true. Future dancers and choreographers across the country are inspired, encouraged and supported by the National Arts Centre. As Canada's leading presenter and co-producer of dance, the NAC has a longstanding commitment to youth and educational activities, as well as to commissioning and staging the nation's finest talent.
Cathy Levy, Producer, NAC Dance
As Canada's leading dance producer/presenter, the National Arts Centre places a high value on fostering a relationship between teenagers and contemporary dance. Engaging young people in this art form will not only help develop informed dance audiences for the future, it may also encourage young people to consider a career in the performing arts.
The NAC Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, is an initiative aimed specifically at Canadian youth. The goals are to widen the existing Canadian dance repertoire for young audiences, underscore the National Arts Centre's commitment to national and community partnerships, and affirm dance for young audiences as part of an ongoing aesthetic education.
Watch Step Up to Dance, a documentary about this project.
Interested to know how artists are chosen for this project?
Meet four Canadian choreographers who have been commissioned by the NAC to create new dance works for teenagers. Watch excerpts of the works, watch interviews, use accompanying study guides and visit company and choreographer websites to learn more.
29-year old Toronto choreographer and dancer Matjash Mrozewski was commissioned by the NAC to develop Break Open Play for the inaugural season (2003-2004) of the NAC-CGI Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Holy Body Tattoo, Artistic Directors Noam Gagnon and Dana Gingras, created monumental for the NAC-CGI Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, which premiered in 2005.
Cas Public, Artistic Director Hélène Blackburn, created Diary / Journal Intime, which premiered for the NAC-CGI Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, in 2006.
Choreographer Martin Bélanger, in collaboration with Montréal Danse, and Artistic Director Kathy Casy, created Somewhat like You, which premiered for the NAC Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, in 2007.