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NBS' unique one-year certificate gives students a detailed look at the science and skill of teaching dance, with a focus on classical ballet. The program offers flexibility to allow students to choose areas of focus within the program and delivers the essential information and practice required in developing teaching skills. In addition to academic coursework and personal dance classes, students benefit from practical hands-on teaching experience with recreational dance students and an opportunity to observe the training of professional dancers.


Personal skill development and understanding of classical technique is emphasized, allowing students to advance their own skill set from both a technical and artistic perspective. Students learn the fundamentals of anatomy, music, and ballet pedagogy as well as Benesh movement notation, personal conditioning, and the use of the voice in teaching.


  • Anatomy

  • Ballet Technique

  • Conditioning

  • Music

  • National Dance

  • NBS Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Practicum

  • Teaching Methodology in Action

  • ​Voice

Additional credits (optional) include:

  • National Dance

  • Cecchetti ballet and pedagogy

  • RAD ballet and pedagogy

  • History of Art

  • History of Dance

  • Communications

  • Creative Dance

  • Modern Dance

  • Repertoire studies


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

Entrance Requirements

The One Year Certificate 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 by video audition or by an in person audition. In person auditions will be conducted at NBS on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  Successful applicants are invited to register for a four-day second stage assessment held at NBS April 27-30,  2020.

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