As the only school in North America to offer Olympic-calibre dance training, academic instruction and residential care all on one campus, our Professional Ballet-Academic Program is home to students in grades 6 to 12 from across Canada and around the world.
Our progressive dance curriculum, with an emphasis on the student’s physical and emotional well-being, is what has put NBS at the forefront of dance training internationally.
Our dance training pedagogy is unique to NBS, integrating elements from the best in progressive and acclaimed classical ballet training methods, contemporary dance and the latest advances in the science of movement. With the priority and values of equity, diversity and inclusion embedded within the culture of our organization, our students develop as both talented dancers and as engaged citizens.
Grade 6-12 students take classes in contemporary repertoire and technique, improvisation, drama and expression, historical/character dance and anatomy, as well as ballet classes focusing on variations, repertoire, pas de deux and more. Our dance program is further enhanced through internationally-renowned guest teachers with expertise in ballet and other dance forms.
Dance training interwoven with academic studies each day.
An academic year running from September to June.
For daily ballet training, students can spend between 2-4 hours in the dance studio daily. During our annual summer school program, this can increase to 3-5 hours.
Senior grades will have opportunities for unique exchange programs with our affiliation network of 24 international partner schools.
Performance opportunities throughout the year, including opportunities for junior students to perform in The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker.