by Robert Binet, Student, Canada’s National Ballet School
My name is Robert Binet and I am the student choreographer representing Canada’s National Ballet School at Assemblée Internationale.
I have been at the school for seven years, and took part in my Grade 12 graduation this past June. I’m looking forward to being part of the Post-Secondary Program this year. I started dancing when I was nine years old after my grandmother took me to see The National Ballet of Canada perform The Nutcracker. A few weeks later I began taking classes in the Associates Program, here at Canada’s National Ballet School. I have been a part of the Professional Ballet Program since Grade 6, and living in the residence since Grade 11.
I began to choreograph when I was eleven in the Junior Choreographic Workshop, which takes place during ballet classes towards the end of the year. When I entered the senior school, I was able to take part in the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Workshop which allows students to choreograph pieces that are performed for the public.
The piece I am working on for the 50th Anniversary is called “Surge” and I originally choreographed it for the Annual General Meeting performance. I am so excited for the Assemblée Internationale because of the opportunity to dance and work with students from all around the world and to have so many people see my choreography.