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NBS' unique three-year diploma prepares students for a successful dance teaching career. The diploma is recognized as a hallmark of excellence and graduates of the program are always in demand – across Canada and around the world. In addition to academic coursework and personal dance classes, students benefit from practical hands-on teaching experience with both recreational and professional dance students.


In Year I, basic technique is reviewed from both a teaching perspective and in personal execution. Students learn the fundamentals of anatomy, music, ballet pedagogy, and history of dance and art as the foundation of their training, as well as observing and assisting in NBS classes.

Year II builds on Year I with work at intermediate and advanced levels. Students actively assist in NBS classes for both the full-time Professional Ballet Program and the part-time, after-school Associates Program.

In Year III, the emphasis is on practical application in the studio. We assist students in finding independent hands-on teaching experience. Guidance is also given in a variety of areas such as: employment options and placement, contract negotiations, and setting up a studio. Students in their 3rd year are eligible to apply for teaching credentials from the Cecchetti Society, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and for Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).


  • Anatomy
  • Ballet Technique
  • Cecchetti Ballet and Pedagogy
  • Communications
  • Conditioning
  • Creative Dance
  • History of Art
  • History of Dance
  • Modern Dance/Dowd Studies
  • Music
  • National Dance
  • NBS Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Practicum
  • RAD Ballet and Pedagogy
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Studio to Stage
  • Teaching Methodology in Action
  • Voice
  • Workshop Series


All student teachers in the Teacher Training Program assist NBS faculty with classes in the full-time Professional Ballet Program and in the part-time, after-school Associates Program.


Graduates receive the TTP (Dip) - NBS. In addition, they are eligible to apply for:

  • Teaching credentials from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the Cecchetti branch and/or the National Dance branch;

  • Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).

Entrance Requirements

The Three-Year Diploma Program is available to adults 18 years of age and above who have completed Grade 12 (OSSD or equivalent) and who have a strong dance background. Admission is by:

  • DVD audition – application deadline is April 4, 2016
  • In-person auditions – conducted at NBS on January 24, 2016

Successful applicants will then attend a four-day assessment held at NBS May 2 – 5, 2016.

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