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The Society

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

- Martha Graham

The Jeunesse Classique Ballet is a purely classical ballet company for young and talented dancers. JCB has been serving Albertans for the past 29 years with our contributions to arts and culture through production of classical ballets. In 1998, the Jeunesse Classique Ballet Society was formed to provide fundraising and volunteer support for Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company. As the productions grew, became increasingly elaborate and more fully-staged, the Society played a more important role in keeping JCB viable. In 2005, the Society became fully responsible for producing the ballets that are performed by Jeunesse Classique Ballet.

Jeunesse Classique Ballet Society is a registered non-profit society under the Alberta Societies Act, and is a registered charitable organization. The business of the Society is conducted by an elected Board, under the overall direction of the members who meet two or more times a year for the purpose of organizing each new ballet production.

The essence of Jeunesse Classique is education. Dance is based on the tradition of ballet and artists are challenged both technically and artistically. Live performances give dancers the opportunity to experience the rigours of full-scale productions. There is no substitute for the intensity of performance, the improvement through rehearsal, the value of teamwork, the pressure to deliver and the thrill of applause. The development of artistry can only occur through performance.

JCB typically performs productions of the Nutcracker at Christmas time in Calgary as well as touring southern Alberta.  Spring productions have seen out dancers perform ballets such as Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Prince Igor, Peter & the Wolf, Cinderella, Giselle, Gloria, Sacre du Printemps and The Sleeping Beauty.

Giving Back to the Community

Giving back to the community is another important aspect of Jeunesse Classique Ballet. In the past, JCB has given free performances at venues such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Banff Springs Hospital and Spruce Meadows to name a few. These opportunities give the dancers a true sense of connectedness to the community, thinking beyond oneself and sharing the beauty of classical ballet.

Benefit Performances:

  • Illumination - 2012

  • The Nutcracker (Annual Benefit Performances since 1987)

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • Cinderella

  • Pirouettes & Pasta Fundraiser

  • Candy Cane Gala

    • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

    • Banff Springs Hospital

    • The Renoir Retirement Residence

    • Spruce Meadows

    • Festival of Trees - Alberta Lung Association

    • Sheriff King Home

    • Make a Wish Foundation

    • Free performances for under privileged families.

Presentation of a $10,000 cheque to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in 2011.

JCBS 2017 AGM Agenda

Jeunesse dancers talk to the audience

after performing the Nutcracker in 1997

at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Presentation of a $12,500 cheque to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in 1997.

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