Open doors to a world of possibilities

Open doors to a world of possibilities

Explore NBS’ Olympic-calibre Professional Ballet-Academic Program

Dance is for everyone!

Dance is for everyone!

Bring joy, creativity and wellbeing to your life through programs for all ages and abilities

Celebrating Mavis Staines

In June 2024, Canada's National Ballet School’s (NBS) Artistic Director and CEO, Mavis Staines, will retire after over 35 years of inspiring leadership.

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Be part of our adult ballet community!

Whether you’re embracing dance for the first time or developing and refining your dance skills, our Adult Ballet Program will inspire you to make the art of ballet part of your life!

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Register for Young Dancers Program: Open Dance!

For young dancers ages 5-17, our Open Dance stream will encourage you to explore movement and freedom of expression, and develop a lifelong love of dance.

About Us
We are NBS

At Canada's National Ballet School (NBS), programming excellence, access and inclusion fuel our belief in sharing the transformative power of dance to change lives for the better. 

 

This is what drives our commitment to making dance a part of all Canadians’ lives—from the Olympic-calibre dancer training for a professional ballet career on the world stage to the young child or older adult who may be embracing the joy of dance for the first time.

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About Us
We are NBS

At Canada's National Ballet School (NBS), programming excellence, access and inclusion fuel our belief in sharing the transformative power of dance to change lives for the better. 

 

This is what drives our commitment to making dance a part of all Canadians’ lives—from the Olympic-calibre dancer training for a professional ballet career on the world stage to the young child or older adult who may be embracing the joy of dance for the first time.

May 09, 2024

Canada’s National Ballet School Announces Appointment of New Artistic Director

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April 12, 2024

Artist Studies Inspire Kids with the Breadth and Depth of Dance Talent in Canada

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March 19, 2024

NBS Students Perform at the Holland Dance Festival

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March 01, 2024

Empowering Young Women to LEAD in Their Communities

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Marley, Professional Ballet-Academic Program

What I really like about dancing is the feeling through my body, feeling the freedom, really moving to the music, and interpreting how I feel.

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Gwen, Dancer Not Dementia project participant

I really love it. I can't say it any other way. When I'm dancing and doing things like that, I'm very happy.

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The Fu Arnold Family, NBS dancers

Meet Sidney, Ruben, Jonah, Angela, and Yu Rong–a family spanning three generations, with dance and NBS at its heart. They dance in different ways, but together they are discovering how dance builds connection and appreciation for each other.

Rachel Karker, Alumni and Olympian

Rachael Karker, YDP Alumni and Olympian

I would definitely recommend dance. I think it’s such a fun sport to start out in and to continue in as well. Dance is so much fun, and you learn so many skills. I think it’s a great way to get exercising or to just try something new.

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Juan Pablo, Adult Ballet Student

Since I was a kid, I always dreamt of being a dancer…I’ve been taking classes at Canada’s National Ballet School for almost two years now. I’m so glad I found the program and fulfilled the dream.

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Ben, Professional Ballet-Academic Program graduate

Dance has taught me what it means to have a passion in life. With the help of my mother and my hometown ballet teacher, I made the decision to audition. Once I got to NBS, it really felt like home and I knew that this is where I needed to go to further my training.

Together
We Move

Join us in a historic moment of movement and change with this special edition t-shirt inspired by AI23 and designed in collaboration with Black-owned Canadian brand Révolutionnaire.

 

The “Together We Move” t-shirt symbolizes our shared commitment to making ballet more inclusive and reflective of the full diversity of our society. We believe that together, we can make a difference. By wearing this shirt, you join a community of leaders moving together towards systemic evolution in the dance world.

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Together
We Move

Join us in a historic moment of movement and change with this special edition t-shirt inspired by AI23 and designed in collaboration with Black-owned Canadian brand Révolutionnaire.

 

The “Together We Move” t-shirt symbolizes our shared commitment to making ballet more inclusive and reflective of the full diversity of our society. We believe that together, we can make a difference. By wearing this shirt, you join a community of leaders moving together towards systemic evolution in the dance world.

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