Step inside Alberta Ballet’s studios and find out why this historic former train station is such a good fit for a ballet company to train, create and rehearse.
Exhibits planned on site:
Drop in for a Self-guided tour, meet a professional Alberta Ballet dancer and students from Alberta Ballet School.
Please note: all of the available spaces for observing the Master Class, taught by Alberta Ballet Artists to the Professional Graduate students in training at Alberta Ballet School, have been filled.
Guided tours are now SOLD OUT. Self-guided drop in activities are still available.
The Nat Christie Centre has been the home to Alberta Ballet since 1990. When it was first constructed in 1905, the building, then known as St. Mary’s Parish Hall, accommodated recitals, concerts, and theatrical performances and was a centre of French Catholic cultural life.
In 1911, the Hall was sold to Canadian Northern Railway (later CN Rail). CNoR adapted the building to be a train station. The wooden platform and canopy running along the east side of the building. (The old tracks can still be seen in the bridge behind the lot.)
In 1987, the building returned to its cultural roots by housing Calgary City Ballet. Calgary City Ballet merged with Alberta Ballet in 1990.