Canada’s National Ballet School | Aszure Barton to Receive CANY 2012 Arts & Letters Award

Canada’s National Ballet School | Aszure Barton to Receive CANY 2012 Arts & Letters Award


TORONTO, ON (November 14, 2012) – World renowned choreographer and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) alumna, Aszure Barton, will be honoured with the 2012 Arts & Letters Award at this year’s Maple Leaf Ball, to be held at New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Friday, November 16.  Hosted by the Canadian Association of New York Foundation (CANY), the annual black-tie charity event recognizes prominent Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities, in both Canada and the United States.  Canada’s National Ballet School will be the principal beneficiary of this year’s Maple Leaf Ball; proceeds from the event will support NBS students in need of financial assistance.


Past recipients of the Arts & Letters Award have made contributions through stage, screen, television, music, photography and writing.  Aszure Barton will join a list of previous honorees that include Oscar Peterson, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood and Karen Kain.  Barton will be recognized along with fellow honoree and Maple Leaf Award of Distinction recipient, Christina Gold, Former CEO and President of The Western Union Company.  Barton will also be joined by several supporters and NBS representatives attending the Ball including Mavis Staines, C.M., DHumL – NBS’ Artistic Director; Brian Miron, President of the Friends of Canada’s National Ballet School Board; and Brenda Eprile, Incoming Board Chair of NBS.


“I couldn’t be more proud of Aszure and her inspiring achievements,” said Mavis Staines.  “As Aszure is truly an artistic visionary, this award is a fitting way to celebrate her outstanding contribution to the world of dance. I am grateful to the Canadian Association of New York for supporting NBS students through funds raised from this year’s Maple Leaf Ball.  Talent is the sole criterion for entry into NBS’ Professional Ballet Program, and these proceeds will help NBS sustain the essential levels of financial assistance, as almost eighty percent of NBS families qualify for financial support.”


Born and raised in Alberta, Aszure Barton received her formal dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, where she most recently presented a newly-commissioned work at the School’s 2012 Spring Showcase.  She has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ekaterina Shipulina/Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet British Columbia, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, among many others.  Barton is the Founder and Director of Aszure Barton & Artists, an international dance project.  She has received numerous grants and awards including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Centre’s prestigious 2012 Koerner Award for Choreography.


The Canadian Association of New York aims to promote friendly and positive social relations between Canadians and Americans living in New York.  Acting as a focal point for the Canadian community in New York, CANY encourages intellectual, social and professional exchanges between Canada and the United States, while also supporting various charitable activities and causes.

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