Professional Ballet Program students perform

Audition for the Professional Ballet Program

Dancing opens doors to 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. The program opens doors to dancing with renowned dance companies in Canada and around the world.

Are you excited to learn from world-class teachers and develop as an artist both inside and outside of the studio? Take the leap and audition today!

Professional Ballet-Academic Program auditions are open to students entering Grades 6 to 12 in September 2023. Prior dance training is not essential for children under 12 years of age.

Post-secondary Company Life 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.
The audition process takes place in two stages:
  • Stage One: Audition in-person or online. Students who have successfully auditioned will be invited to join stage two of the audition process. 
  • Stage Two: Attend Summer School. Students who have successfully auditioned will be invited to join the full-time Profesisonal Ballet Program for the 2023/24 school year. 

Register for an Audition

Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual auditions are offered in-person and online, welcoming students from across Canada and worldwide. During their audition, all dancers will experience a class with a live musician and NBS’ renowned teachers. Register today for your chance to audition, grow as a dancer, and take the next step in your dance journey!

Note to parents: When registering for your audition, please register your child for their age as of December 31st, 2022.

Dancers interested in the Post-Secondary Company Life Program should register for an audition for dancers 16+.

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. Please register to audition via the link below. 

Cost: $70 CAD

Having trouble with registration? Email with any questions!

In-Person Auditions

Toronto Auditions

October 16, 2022 and February 12, 2023


Vancouver Auditions

October 22-23, 2022


Calgary Auditions

October 22-23, 2022


Montreal Auditions

October 22-23, 2022


Halifax Auditions

October 22-23, 2022


Online Auditions

Zoom Auditions

October 25-November 18, 2022



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I couldn’t have asked for a better fit or a better program for my son. I’m so glad that he’s there, because he’s safe and he’s taken care of, and he’s getting the training that he needs. Most importantly, he’s becoming this amazing human being, and he’s really able to bloom at NBS.

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What wasn’t as obvious during my time at NBS was the effect my schooling would have on my second career. There are obvious skills that are transferable from an education in dance to the role of photographer, including an eye for line, shape, timing and movement. But others which are useful in whatever you pursue: persistence, discipline, hard work and professionalism.

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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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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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