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Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) has arrangements with both York University (Toronto, ON) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) (Vancouver, BC) to allow students to gain both an NBS Teaching Diploma from the Teacher Training Program (TTP) and an undergraduate degree from these institutions. While the structure of both programs is similar, the content varies considerably.

In both cases, students have the option of first spending three years at York or SFU, then joining NBS for two years.   Alternatively, students can complete the Three Year Diploma Program at NBS, then join York or SFU to complete their studies towards an undergraduate degree. 

Accreditation

York University graduates receive the NBS Diploma (TTP(Dip) – NBS) as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). SFU graduates also receive the NBS Diploma (TTP(Dip) – NBS), in addition to an undergraduate degree.

Courses

After three years of study at York University, students who join Canada's National Ballet School will take the following courses:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Benesh Movement Notation
  • Conditioning I
  • Cecchetti Ballet I & II
  • Character
  • Dance in the Classroom
  • History of Dance I & II
  • Music I & II
  • Music/Practicum III
  • National Dance Intermediate & Advanced 1
  • National Dance Teaching Certification Studies 
  • NBS Curriculum I & II
  • Pedagogy I & III (Cecchetti OR RAD focus)
  • RAD Ballet I
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Teaching Methodology in Action I (includes 3 Assisting credits)                
  • Teaching Methodology in Action III (includes 4 Assisting credits & Work experience)
  • Teaching Intern Practicum III
  • Voice (Seminar)
  • Workshop series I, III

Optional courses for York students (dependent on scheduling availability)

  • Communications
  • History of Art
  • History of Dance III
  • National Dance Advanced 2
  • Studio to Stage

After three years of study at Simon Fraser University, students who join Canada's National Ballet School will take the following courses:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Benesh Movement Notation
  • Conditioning I
  • Cecchetti Ballet I & II
  • Character
  • Dance in the Classroom
  • Music I & II
  • Music/Practicum III
  • National Dance Intermediate & Advanced 1
  • National Dance  Teaching Certification Studies
  • NBS Curriculum I & II
  • Pedagogy I & III (Cecchetti  OR RAD focus)
  • RAD Ballet I
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Teaching Methodology in Action I (includes 1 FT & 2 AP Assisting credits)
  • Teaching Methodology in Action  III (includes 3 FT& 1 AP Assisting credits & Work experience)
  • Teaching Intern Practicum
  • Voice (Seminar)
  • Workshop series I, III

Optional Courses for SFU students (dependent on scheduling availability)

  • Communications
  • History of Art
  • History of Dance I, II, III
  • National Dance Advanced 2
  • Studio to Stage

Entrance Requirements

The Five Year Joint Diploma/Degree Program is available to adults 18 years of age and above who have completed Grade 12 (OSSD or equivalent) and who have a strong dance background. York University/Simon Fraser University program requirements must also be met.

Admission to the Five Year Joint Diploma/Degree begins with an initial meeting with TTP Manager, Carmen Cairns. To schedule a meeting, please email TTP Artistic Administrator, Sheena Cater sheena.cater@nbs-enb.ca prior to March 31st, 2022.

From there, the candidate will attend a two day virtual seminar held in May 2022. During these two days, candidates will have classes in classical ballet, pointe work, repertoire, character, music, creative dance/drama, and personal interviews with NBS staff. This evaluation period allows NBS staff to assess the candidates suitability for the Teacher Training Program commencing September 2022. Candidates from countries whose official languages do not include English may be asked to provide the Manager of the Teacher Training Program with scores from an international testing system, such as TOEFL or IELTS during the seminar.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to the TTP Artistic Administrator, Sheena Cater sheena.cater@nbs-enb.ca.