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Friday, May 23, 2014

Doors Open Toronto: Ballet

Canada's National Ballet School

Architecture & Design, Arts & Cultural Centre, Educational Institution, Built in 1800s, Built since 2000
400 Jarvis St (map)

Days Open

Saturday, May 24: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last admittance: 4:15 pm


Year: 1800's
Style: Revival (1800-Early 1900), Modern (1880+)
Original Architect: Unknown
Subsequent Architect(s)/Consultant(s):KPMB and Goldsmith Borghal

Building Description

Canada's National Ballet School's campus showcases historic, heritage buildings surrounded by modern, glass structures, allowing the public to witness students dancing in the light-filled studios fronting onto Jarvis Street. The heritage buildings were formerly home to CBC radio and Ladies Havergal College and have been fully restored. The 12 modern studios provide magnificent training spaces for dance students while the Mona Campbell Town Square at the heart of the School is frequently used to host events and is the gathering place for staff, faculty and students alike.

Visitor Experience

Visitors to NBS’ campus will be guided in small groups around the facilities. Tours begin in the historic Mona Campbell Square with an introduction to the School and its compelling combination of heritage and contemporary architecture. Proceeding to the 6th floor to catch a view of Lake Ontario from the terrace, visitors will see the studios animated with dance classes as they make their way back down – peeking across Radio City’s outdoor public art to the former Ladies Havergal College, now home to NBS academics. Passing by the wardrobe room, a display will showcase costumes created onsite for some of the School’s annual Spring Showcase performances. Pointe shoes and dance wear are available for dancers of all ages at the School's retail store, The Shoe Room. Lasting approximately 20 minutes, each tour provides opportunities for photographs of the architectural facilities.


Guided tours are offered throughout the day.

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted , including tripod
Interior filming not permitted , without tripod

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement

Architecture & Design, Arts & Cultural Centre, Educational Institution, Sports & Recreation Facility, Built 1900 – 1945
6 Noble St (map)

Days Open

Saturday, May 24: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last admittance: 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 25 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Last admittance: 4:30 pm


Year: 1930
Style: Modern (1880+)
Original Architect: Unknown
Subsequent Architect(s)/Consultant(s):Philip Beesley

Building Description

Originally built in 1930 as a workshop for a furniture maker, the original structure is reminiscent of the period of Bauhaus in its use of geometric shapes using different coloured bricks. After two extensive renovations, the original walls of the space and a few of the old industrial windows remain. The original footprint grew from 9,000 to now 13,700 sq. ft. In 2003, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement was able to secure a lease and engage architect Philip Beesley to design the inside of the building. It now houses four studios, features an ample lobby/gallery, while the west side of the building is a small black box theater that seats an audience of 100. Over the 10 years that the school has made 6 Noble St. its home, it has established itself as an artistic hub in Parkdale that opens its doors to young dancers, as well as to artists of different disciplines.

Visitor Experience

Enter though big glass doors and prepare for a treat in the arts. Tour the lobby/gallery, view the artwork of local artists. Visit three studios and observe classes in progress. In studio B there is an opportunity to "join the dance" (open class for adults and children). Studios C & D allow visitors to observe rehearsals in progress for the school's annual Let's Dance Festival. The tour continues to the Scotiabank Studio Theatre to enjoy a short performance by YMI Dancing, the school's pre-professional youth company.


10:30 am, (45 minutes)
11:30 am, (45 minutes)
2:00 pm, (45 minutes)
3:30 pm, (45 minutes)

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted , including tripod
Interior filming permitted , including tripod

Other Information

Wheelchair access through rear

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