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The Professional Dancers' Program at Canada’s National Ballet School is designed to guide professionals into new careers as teachers/ ballet masters/mistresses. A One-Year Certificate or a Two-Year Diploma Program is available to professional dancers with at least five years' experience in a classically based company. 


The curriculum includes a broad range of dance-related subjects.  The complete list of courses required for both the  One-Year Certificate and the Two-Year Diploma Program can be found below.  Students in the Professional Dancers' Program also closely observe and assist NBS Faculty members with daily ballet classes from  Monday to Saturday. (Note: Part-time study may be available upon approval from the course manager)


Graduates receive the TTPPD (Cert) NBS or TTPPD (Dip) NBS.

Entrance Requirements

Admission is based on previous professional experience including 5 years in a classically-based company. Candidates should attend one of three designated Stage 1 virtual audition classes; dates still TBD, during the Fall and/or Winter terms. Candidates should also submit a resume and documents containing references to performances, as well as published material reflecting their career. Successful applicants will be invited to register for Stage 2 of the audition process, involving weekly virtual meetings throughout the months of April/May, 2022. Details to follow in February 2022.


The following courses are required for both the 1-Year Certificate & the 2-Year Diploma Progam:

  • Anatomy
  • Ballet Technique
  • Music 
  • NBS Curriculum I, II & III
  • Teaching Methodology in Action (includes 2 AP Assisting credits and 6 FT Assisting credits)
  • Voice (15 week seminar)
  • Workshop series

Students enrolled in the the Two-Year Diploma Program will take the following additional courses:

  • Cecchetti ballet (1 term)
  • Royal Academy of Dance ballet (1 term)
  • Addtional Music Courses
  • NBS Curriculum IV
  • NBS Curriculum mentorship (as a Teaching Assistant)
  • Teaching Methodology in Action (includes 6 FT Assisting credits) 

Optional Courses for Professional Dancers (dependent on scheduling availability):

  • Benesh Movement Notation
  • Cecchetti Ballet OR RAD Ballet Pedagogy
  • Conditioning for Dancers
  • History of Art
  • History of Dance
  • Modern Dance
  • National Dance
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Studio to Stage

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