Dance Education

NBS' dance training pedagogy is unique to NBS and integrates elements from the best in progressive and acclaimed classical ballet training methods, contemporary dance and the latest advances in the science of movement. In addition to ballet, students at NBS take classes in contemporary repertoire and technique, improvisation, classical Indian dance, drama and expression, historical/character dance and anatomy as well as ballet classes focusing on variations, repertoire, pas de deux and more. The dance program is further enhanced through the use of internationally-renowned guest teachers. As well, students in the senior grades are encouraged to take advantage of the exchange programs NBS has in place with its network of 23 international partner schools.

Over the years, NBS has developed a specialized and comprehensive Conditioning Program to educate students regarding their bodies and the care NBS' dance training pedagogy is unique to NBS and integrates elements from the best in progressive and required to sustain the rigours of a professional dance career. This conditioning program relies on cardio work and exercise sequences. The cardio classes take place in the School's swimming pool, and the conditioning sequences, based on the work of Irene Dowd, are integrated into daily ballet classes.

During the academic year, which runs from September to June each year, students in the Professional Ballet Program can expect to spend between 2 and 4 hours in the dance studio daily, depending on their age.  During the annual Summer School program, that number increases to between 3 and 5, again depending on age.

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Professional Ballet Calendar

Term 3 - 2015-16

Event Date/Time
Gr. 6-8 Evaluation Classes Tues, April 26-Fri, April 29
Victoria Day Fri, May 20 - 4:00 PM finish
Tues, May 24 - 8:15 AM start
Spring Showcase Wed, May 25
Thurs, May 26
Fri, May 27
Sat, May 28
In-class Academic Evaluations Mon, June 13 - Fri, June 17
Academic Exam Week Mon, June 20 - Fri, June 24
Gr. 12 Graduation Fri, June 24
Year-End Presentation Sat, June 25
Term Three Break Sat, June 25 - 4:00 PM finish
Wed, July 6 -time TBD
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Audition Tour Schedule

The 2015 – 2016 National Audition Tour has now ended.  Please check back in September for the 2016 – 2017 audition locations and dates.