I signed up for DanceBreak of the National Ballet of Canada a few years back out of pure curiosity. A promotional email came through on March-Snow-Day. Promo code for advance purchase of last minute tickets, priced at $33 from orchestra to level 5. How could I resist? In less than 5 minutes, I had picked some awesome seats in Orchestra 1.1 section. Normally priced at $184+.
Traffic was as expected for a Friday evening. Parking at the hotel just south of the venue for only $7! Better deal than parking directly at the venue which is priced at $20+. Arriving at approximately 20 minutes before start time of 7:30pm, the box office ticket pickup line was quick efficiently setup with less than 5 minutes of wait time. Giving ample time to purchase some snacks and a drink (alcoholic drinks are available; with drinks pre-ordering for intermission too!); prices are slightly hiked up. Half a gourmet sandwich and pop for $9. A look around the entire venue shows a combination of cocktail dresses to stylish office-wear to denim-wear. The warming weather allowed me to pull out my go to casual night out outfit; electric blue shirt dress with fitted black blazer, just smart enough without looking too casual.
An intercom announcement at 5 minutes prior to start time does help with getting all of the guests seated. The tickets tells you exactly which door to enter through and the seat was easily located. Tip to the ladies, beware of the steps, they may get slippery due to the shiny wood floors. For the price I paid for, I got an excellent view of the performance! Not too close that all I see are the legs of the dancers,and just far enough for me to catch the performance with a front row center type of feel.
The performance was absolutely phenomenal! I can’t believe that I didn’t do this sooner. Plus the costumes displayed at the entrance of the center caught my eyes. If there weren’t other patrons lined up to take pictures, I would stand there for hours just to admire these works of art. I got a few shots to show all of you … I keep wondering during the performance. Am I an Odette or Odile?
Definitely will need to plan for my next outing~!!!