Ballet Coaching in Today's World

Canada's National Ballet School's (NBS) four-day Ideas Exchange for Dance Teachers is an ideal way to renew your inspiration to share your expertise with your students.

Join us from July 16-19 as we explore challenges inherent in coaching young dancers. Discussions will focus on bringing choreography to life, whether you are guiding students to prepare for performances, exams, competitions and/or professional careers. Each day will allow you an opportunity to:

  • Participate in a ballet class with fellow teachers
  • Observe full-time NBS students in training classes and coaching sessions
  • Join in pedagogical discussions focused on coaching dancers from ages 12-17
  • Compare views through a panel discussion focussed on the 'merits and pitfalls' of the world of competition, while also hearing from NBS faculty involved in judging international competitions.
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James KudelkaObserve NBS Alumnus and world-renowned choreographer James Kudelka, O.C., workshopping new material for a full-length classical ballet that he is creating especially for NBS students to premiere in May 2020, an inaugural experience for NBS students and the School. Following rehearsals, James will discuss his approach to creating new choreography and the ways that he guides student-dancers through the process. James is among today’s most versatile and innovative dance artists. He has choreographed for many of the world’s leading ballet companies as well as for smaller, contemporary troupes.  

All Participants are eligible to receive credit towards annual Continuing Professional Development 
Number of contact hours: 

  • 20-24 hours of  observations (RAD members - eligible for Independent hours in blocks of 2 hours per day)
  • 8 hours of active participation (RAD members - eligible for 8 Time Valued hours)
All at NBS hope you will join us for what we believe will be a stimulating and uplifting four days of Ideas Exchange for Teachers.


An Open Discussion on Competitions: Their Advantages and Challenges
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 4:15 -5:30 p.m.
In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of dance competitions being held around the world. While everyone acknowledges the appeal of these competitions, as well as the opportunities they provide to aspiring professional dancers, they do present a number of challenges for dance teachers and the professional schools that participate through the sending of jurors and offering of scholarships. The primary concerns being the health and safety of the children participating in the competitions, and fairness and transparency in the offering of scholarships and contracts. These challenges, as well as the steps being taken to address them, will be considered in this open discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Belkin Epstein, Developer of Creative Resources at NBS and will include the participation of Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of NBS and Deborah Hess, a senior faculty member at NBS and a sought after juror for major international ballet competitions. It is the hope of the organizers that those attending the discussion will also contribute their thoughts and experiences with competitions.

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