Teach and inspire the next generation of dancers

The Teacher Training Program is a world-renowned program that prepares teachers to inspire dancers of all ages, abilities and aspirations. One hundred percent of students secure a job upon completion of the Program.

 

For over four decades, Canada's National Ballet School has been successfully training teachers, répétiteurs and artistic directors who now hold posts in schools and companies across Canada and around the world. The program includes several pathways for aspiring teachers interested in obtaining a Registered Teacher Status with the RAD, a Cecchetti or ISTD teaching qualification or NBS accreditation. Canada’s National Ballet School is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. NBS is affiliated with York University (Toronto, ON) and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), offering students the option to gain an undergraduate degree from these institutions.

 

In addition to academic coursework and personal dance classes, students benefit from practical hands-on teaching experience with both recreational and professional dance students. Teacher Training Program students receive a well-rounded education, supported by NBS’ exceptional staff, preparing them for a successful career in dance education. 

 

Review below to choose your program pathway and read more about the program. 

One year of full time study into 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.

Admission Requirements

Certifications Earned

  • 18+

  • High School Diploma

  • Intermediate Level of Ballet

  • Certificate

 

Canada’s National Ballet School is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

 

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.

Admission Requirements: 

Certifications Earned:

  • 18+

  • High School Diploma

  • Intermediate Level of Ballet

  • Diploma

  • Students are also eligible to apply for teaching credentials from Cecchetti Society, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and for Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).

 

Canada’s National Ballet School is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

In collaboration with York University (Toronto, ON) and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), this program allows students to gain both an NBS Teaching Diploma from the Teacher Training Program (TTP) and an undergraduate degree from these institutions. This program consists of five years of study. Students begin with 3 years at either York University or Simon Fraser University and transfer to Canada’s National Ballet School for their final 2 years.

Admission Requirements:

Certifications Earned:

  • 18+

  • SFU or York Transcript

  • Intermediate level of ballet

  •  Diploma

  • Students are also eligible to apply for teaching credentials from Cecchetti Society, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and for Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS).

 

Canada’s National Ballet School is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

 

The Professional Dancers pathway of the Teacher Training Program is designed to guide ballet professionals into new careers as educators, artistic directors and beyond. A One Year Certificate or a Two Year Diploma Program are available.

Admission Requirements:

Certifications Earned:

  • 18+

  • High School Diploma

  • At least five years’ experience in a classically based company

  • Certificate or Diploma

 

Canada’s National Ballet School is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Register for an Audition

Start your journey as a dance educator today.

 

Different audition pathways are offered for different programs.
 

A day in the life

The Teacher Training Program prepares well-rounded dance educators through its close community atmosphere and holistic approach to curriculum.


From dance pedagogy classes, to academic coursework and personal dance classes, students will explore all aspects of the skills and science of teaching. Students will also have the opportunity to experience practical hands-on training assisting classes in NBS’ community and professional programs. Community-building, networking, and social activities will help you create connections with other artists inside and outside the studio that will last a lifetime!

Curriculum

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.

Career Planning

Students are given guidance on preparing for a career as a dance educator, including securing a job upon graduation, navigating job opportunities, and negotiating contracts.


We receive job opportunities from across North America and around the world, providing a wealth of pathways for program graduates. The Teacher Training Program Alumni community is a supportive network that supports students long after their graduation. On average, most graduates are spoken for before they finish their final year.

Continuing Professional Development for Dance Teachers

This part-time program offers dance teachers the opportunity to augment their experience, enhance their skills and add to their teaching qualifications.

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Canada’s National Ballet School is a publicly-subsidized professional training institution. Full-time fees are based on the academic school year (September to June). For most programs, the School charges tuition fees which cover only a portion of the real costs. Limited student financial assistance is available. As we’re part of the private career college, students are able to apply for government student assistance.

Fees for Academic Year September 2022 - June 2023

Domestic

International

Tuition

$10,400

$22,640

Registration Fee

$80

$80

Meal Plan

$2,130 (per school  year)

$2,130 (per school year)

 

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