by Sara Coffield, Student, Canada’s National Ballet School
Here is a look into a day in the life of a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.
Since my family lives in western Canada, I live in the residence, which is about a two-minute walk from the main facilities on Jarvis street. That two-minute walk is great because it lets me sleep in until 7:30 in the mornings. However, there are students who live in the Toronto area at home and commute daily to the school.
After waking up and putting on my academic uniform, I walk over to the Jarvis facility for breakfast. School then starts at 8:25. Once you’re in grade 10, you begin to choose some of your own school subjects. We then break for lunch at around 12:30 till 1:15. We then have another school period and then begin our dance schedule. This schedule is for most senior students, although depending on your grade, your dance class times vary throughout the day.
Our ballet class starts at 2:30 and is two hours long. Afterwards, we go into our various after-school classes. For males, this includes allegro, variations, and an upper body strengthening class. For females, the classes include pointe and variation classes. We also have modern, contemporary, improvisation, historical, and character classes. Depending on the time of year, we will also have rehearsals for a show such as our Annual General Meeting performance, our annual Gala Performance, the Spring Showcase, and the Year-end Presentation. We also have a regular Saturday ballet class and sometimes rehearsals. Our school also has a physiotherapy program and a Dancer’s clinic, which is available throughout the week.
At the end of the day which is usually around 6:30 or 7:00, I head back to the residence to complete my homework and spend time with my friends. On the weekends, it’s easy to go out and do things such as shopping or going to the movies because our school is right down town Toronto!