Professional Ballet Program students perform

Do you dream of a career on the world stage? Canada’s National Ballet School’s Professional Ballet Program offers Olympic-calibre dance training, academic instruction and residence—all on the same campus located in Toronto—for students in grades 6 to 12, and post-secondary students. Take the leap and audition today!

Professional Ballet-Academic Program Auditions are open to students entering:
  • Grades 6 to 12 in September 2022
Prior dance training is not essential for children under 12 years of age.

Post-Secondary Program Auditions are open to:
  • Students who have completed high school in a rigorous full-time dance program who wish to prepare for professional careers


Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual auditions for the Professional Ballet Program will be in a special online format this year. Auditions will take place over Zoom video conferencing this Fall and Winter for admission to the 2022/23 academic year. NBS staff will organize dancers who have registered in small audition groups based on details including their age and time zone.

Dancers will be notified at least one week prior to their proposed audition date and time. Auditions will take place on a rolling basis from October to the middle of December, and will resume in January and February for dancers who did not complete an audition in the Fall.

Note to parents: When registering for your audition, please register your child for the grade they will be entering into starting September 2022.

International Students: NBS welcomes international students to audition online! In place of the video auditions usually offered for internationally located dancers, students can now register for a Zoom audition, which will be organized appropriately for their time zone. Please register to audition via the link below. 


Stage Two of NBS' audition process is for students who have successfully auditioned for the Professional Ballet Program. 

Auditions for the 2022/2023 academic year are now closed.


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Life at NBS

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Professional Ballet Program

NBS’ progressive curriculum, with its emphasis on the physical and emotional well-being of students, is designed to take students from the earliest stages of intensive training through to pursuing careers on the world stage. This approach has put NBS at the international forefront of dance training.

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NBS students in class

Academics at NBS

NBS’ full-time academic program runs from grade 6 through grade 12. Class sizes are small, allowing for enriched learning within the classroom. Although most graduates naturally go on to dance, we ensure that our students are prepared for university and careers beyond dance.

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NBS' Currie Hall Residence


Built in 1911 as a Quaker Meeting House, Currie Hall (as it is now called) was the original site of NBS’ sole-studio school. Now the residence dining hall for students in the Professional Ballet Program, it is steeped in history and tradition, providing a gracious and refined atmosphere.

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