Your source for art news from the AGO and beyond.

Presented by Signature Partner

Ballet moves

Co-presenters of Art Beyond Borders, artists from Ballet Jörgen will teach movement, wellness and storytelling through dance as part of AGO Virtual School sessions.

Ballet Jorgen

Image by Jill Lam and Daniel Da Silva

It’s time to get up and start moving with AGO’s much-loved Virtual School Programs,  returning this fall with the theme of artistic expression through body movement.. To begin, Canada's Ballet Jörgen has teamed up with the AGO to be the first co-presenters for Art Beyond Borders, a new series of sessions happening every Thursday in collaboration with colleagues from other cultural institutions. 

On October 21, 28 and November 4, the Principal Dancer from Ballet Jörgen, Hannah Mae Cruddas, will be guiding us through movements right from our screens, along with AGO Art Educator Lauren Spring, who will take students through an artmaking activity with pencil and paper. Together, students will take part in a live conversation about art and movement. 

Each session will be inspired by Canadian artworks handpicked from the AGO Collection. Get familiar with the three picks that will be discussed

Abraham Anghik Ruben Sedna

Abraham Anghik Ruben. Sedna, c. 1990. Mottled dark green Brazilian soapstone, inset stone eyes, Overall (approx.): 70 × 35.5 × 18 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2001. © Abraham Anghik Ruben 2001/400

Abraham Anghik Ruben, Sedna
Pauta Saila Dancing Bear

Pauta Saila. Dancing Bear, c. 1973. Mottled white stone, 48.5 x 36.5 x 19 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1989. © Dorset Fine Arts. 89/625

Pauta Saila, Dancing Bear
Emily Carr Trees in the Sky

Emily Carr. Trees in the Sky, 1939. Oil on canvas, Unframed: 111.6 × 68.7 cm. Gift of Richard M. Ivey, 2008. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2008/224

Emily Carr, Trees in the Sky

As we look forward to the first session, get to know Hannah Mae and learn all about how her ballet journey began. A native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Hannah Mae is currently in her 10th season with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. Throughout her time there, she has been featured in works like Anastasia and Coppélia (title roles), Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet) and Cinderella (Lead Fairy). Notably, in 2019, the title role of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet® was created for Hannah Mae by Bengt Jörgen, C.M.\

Be sure to catch Hannah Mae on upcoming Thursdays, as part of the AGO’s free live Virtual School Programs. For more details on the line-up of art sessions, visit

Be the first to find out about AGO exhibitions and events, get the behind-the-scenes scoop and book tickets before it’s too late.
You can unsubscribe at any time.