The part-time Continuing Professional Development Program at Canada’s National Ballet School offers dance teachers the opportunity to augment their experience, enhance their skills, add to their teaching qualifications or simply stay in shape through a ballet class with colleagues.

2022-2023 Courses



An in-depth study of
functional human anatomy
as it applies to the needs of
the dancer and the dance
teacher, providing a basic
understanding of the
structure and function of the
human body.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 2 classes per week
  • $1320

Movement Notation

Introduces Benesh Dance
Notation, emphasizing the
abilities to read, write and
interpret notated dance.
  • January - June
  • 20 weeks
  • 1 class per week
  • $440

Cecchetti Intermediate

Introduces the Cecchetti
syllabus at the Intermediate
level. Emphasizes artistry,
style and technique and
provides preparation for an
externally assessed exam
with the Cecchetti Society.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 2 classes per week
  • $1320

History of Art

The study of visual art as a
way of developing the dance
teacher's eye for fine line,
form and style. Focuses on
building general knowledge
about art and artists and
how to interpret and
evaluate their work.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 1 class per week
  • $660

History of Ballet I

Focuses on the development
of dance from its original
manifestations in primitive
ritual through its
development as the
theatrical art form up to the
the end of the Romantic
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 1 class per week
  • $660

Music I

An introduction to music
theory concepts. Emphasizes
the skills required to work
effectively with a musician
and to integrate musical
forms into practical dance
class situations.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 2 classes per week
  • $1320

Pedagogy I Cecchetti

Studies the syllabus of the
Cecchetti Society. Focuses
on developing a technical
and stylistic understanding
of the material covered in
Grades 1-6.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 2 classes per week
  • $1320

Pedagogy I RAD

Studies the syllabus of the
Royal Academy of Dance Pre
Primary-Grade 5 and
Intermediate Foundation.
Emphasizes the systemic
and logical progression of
dance movements in the
RAD syllabus.
  • September - June
  • 30 weeks
  • 2 classes per week
  • $1320


A seminar course that
studies voice as a tool of
communication and
expression in the teaching
environment. Focuses on
training the mouth,
diaphragm and vocal chords
and producing a well modulated
  • September - December
  • 10 weeks
  • 1 class per week
  • $1320

Entrance Requirements

  • 18+
  • High School Diploma
  • Intermediate level of ballet

Admission to the Continuing Professional Development Program begins with an initial meeting with Teacher Training Program Manager, Carmen Cairns, and in some cases attending a ballet class.

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Learn More

Looking for more information on the Continuing Professional Development Program? Our Teacher Training Program Artistic Administrator would be happy to hear from you!

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