Canada’s National Ballet School Ballet staff bring a love of dance, years of experience and expert training honed through professional dance experience and/or continuing professional development to their teaching. All Ballet teachers are graduates of the Teacher Training Program at NBS and many have taught at the School for over 25 years.  

Mavis Staines

Mavis Staines was born in Quebec's Eastern Townships and received her ballet training at Canada's National Ballet School. Upon graduation from NBS in 1972 Staines became a First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada and then danced with The Dutch National Ballet until an injury cut short her performance career. She subsequently returned to Canada and enrolled in NBS' Teacher Training Program, joining NBS' Artistic Faculty in 1982. She was appointed Artistic Director in 1989.

Cathryn Gregor

Cathryn Gregor joined NBS in 2013, having most recently held a position at Opera Lyra, Ottawa in 2012. Previously, Gregor was the Arts Investment Fund Program Officer at the Ontario Arts Council. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Director of Transition Planning for the renovation of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, one of Toronto's seven cultural renaissance capital projects.