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NBS' unique three-year diploma prepares students for a successful dance teaching career. The diploma is recognized as a hallmark of excellence and graduates of the program are always in demand – across Canada and around the world. In addition to academic coursework and personal dance classes, students benefit from practical hands-on teaching experience with both recreational and professional dance students.


In Year I, basic technique is reviewed from both a teaching perspective and in personal execution. Students will continue to train at their current level of ability.  Students will also learn the fundamentals of anatomy, music, ballet pedagogy, and history of dance and art as the foundation of their training, as well as observing and assisting in NBS classes.

Year II builds on Year I with work at intermediate and advanced levels. Alongside their own daily studies, students continue to actively assist classes in NBS' part-time, after-school Associates Program, and to regularly observe the training of professional dancers in the full-time Professional Ballet Program.

In Year III, the emphasis is on practical application in the studio. We assist students in finding independent hands-on teaching experience. Guidance is also given in a variety of areas such as: employment options and placement, contract negotiations, and setting up a studio. Students in their 3rd year are eligible to apply for teaching credentials from the Cecchetti Society, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and for Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).


  • Anatomy
  • Ballet Technique
  • Benesh Movement Notation
  • Cecchetti Ballet I, II & III
  • Cecchetti Pedagogy I
  • Character
  • Communications
  • Conditioning I & II
  • Dance in the Classroom
  • History of Art
  • History of Dance I, II & III
  • Modern Dance/Dowd Studies
  • Music I, II 
  • National Dance Intermediate & Advanced 1
  • Natonal Dance Teaching Accreditation Studies (opportunity to gain teaching qualifications)
  • NBS Curriculum I & II 
  • Pedagogy III Cecchetti OR RAD (opportunity to gain teaching qualifications)
  • Practicum/Music II & III
  • RAD Ballet I & II
  • RAD Pedagogy I
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Studio to Stage
  • Teaching Methodology in Action I (includes 2 AP & 1 FT Assisting credits)                
  • Teaching Methodology in Action II (includes 1 AP & 1 FT Assiting credits)
  • Teaching Methodology in Action III (includes 1 AP &  2 FT Assisting credits & Work experience)
  • Voice (15-week seminar)
  • Workshop Series I, II & III


All student teachers in the Teacher Training Program assist NBS faculty with classes in the full-time Professional Ballet Program and in the part-time, after-school Associates Program.


Graduates receive the TTP (Dip) - NBS. In addition, they are eligible to apply for:

  • Professional Teaching Qualifications with the Cecchetti Society of Canada;
  • Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS);
  • Professional Teaching Qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the National Dance branch.

Entrance Requirements

The Three-Year Diploma 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. 

Admission to the School’s Teacher Training Program is through a two-stage audition process.  In stage 1, Candidates will participate in a live, virtual audition in the Fall/Winter terms.
During the virtual audition, candidates will participate in a one-hour ballet class.  Following this class, each candidate will meet briefly, one-on-one, with the program manager for further discussion.  Additionally, during the allotted audition timeframe, candidates may be asked to attend small, virtual, group sessions focused on assessing musicality.
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.

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