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Tour of the National Ballet of Canada

We went on a tour of the National Ballet of Canada's Walter Carsen Centre yesterday. We got to see the Shoe Room and learn about the dancers' shoes and even saw their pointe shoes. Then we got to see some very detailed miniature sets. I think this one was from the Nutcracker. 

We also went to the Costume department and saw some of their elaborate costumes. They are hand made and they were gorgeous!

The best part of the tour was getting to see the dancers rehearse Romeo and Juliet. They will perform it in March next year. The men were so strong and the women were so graceful. It must be hard work to dance for so many hours every day. They are so talented and so wonderful to watch!

The piano accompanist was very good too. He understood exactly what the répétiteur wanted of him. They would start and stop at different points to try to get the parts better and he would know exactly where to pick up.

I wonder when they will start rehearsals with the orchestra?

Here is a link to the National Ballet of Canada's website

Here is a link to information about their tours


  1. Hi Josh,

    I am so happy that you enjoyed your tour of the National Ballet of Canada! I am going to tell our pianist Ed, that you enjoyed his playing. He will be very happy to hear that.

    Would you like to come to an orchestra rehearsal some time? You can ask your mom to contact Sharon at the Ballet and we will see what we can do.

    I hope to see you at the Ballet!


    David Briskin
    Music Director and Principal Conductor
    The National Ballet of Canada

    1. Thank you so much!
      I will make sure that Mom talks to Sharon.
      I'm so excited!