Open Dance

Open Dance - Young Dancers Program


Specially created for young dancers aged 5-17, our part-time Open Dance stream is about exploring movement and freedom of expression.


Participation does not require an audition and with a primary emphasis on nurturing a love for dance, students have the flexibility to customize their classes to suit their schedules, as well as the option to select from their choice of dance genres.

 

Participants of our Open Dance Program experience:

  • The incredible social, physical, and benefits of dance that will set young dancers up for success in all areas of their life.

  • Opportunities to explore a range of dance forms including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and more.

  • Customizable schedules to suit each student’s time commitment and interests.

  • Exceptional facilities at Canada’s National Ballet School’s campus in Toronto.

  • High-calibre dance educators with expertise in a range of dance forms.

  • ​Beautiful live accompaniment in all ballet classes.

Young Dancers Program 2022/23

Term Dates: September 12-June 9

See below for the 2022/23 schedule and registration

Foundation A (Age 5)

For dancers ages 5 – 8, the foundation levels are designed to spark a young dancer’s joy of movement. With emphasis on musicality and creativity, these engaging dance classes introduce concepts and techniques that establish a strong foundation for dance training.

Foundation classes include Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

 

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (option 1) (Class full)

Saturday

9:00 - 9:45 am

Ballet (option 2) - Register here

Sunday

9:15 - 10:00 am


For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Foundation B (Age 6)

For dancers ages 5 – 8, the foundation levels are designed to spark a young dancer’s joy of movement. With emphasis on musicality and creativity, these engaging dance classes introduce concepts and techniques that establish a strong foundation for dance training.

Foundation classes include Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (option 1) (Class full)  

Saturday

9:45 - 10:45 am

Ballet (option 2) - Register here 

Sunday

9:00 - 10:00 am

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

6:15 - 7:00 pm

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Foundation C (Age 7)

For dancers ages 5 – 8, the foundation levels are designed to spark a young dancer’s joy of movement. With emphasis on musicality and creativity, these engaging dance classes introduce concepts and techniques that establish a strong foundation for dance training.

Foundation classes include Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Price

Ballet (both classes are required) - Register here   

Friday
Sunday     

6:15 - 7:15 pm
9:00 - 10:00 am     

$2,415.00

Jazz - Register here

Sunday

10:15 - 11:00 am

$905.00

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

6:15 - 7:00 pm

$905.00

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Foundation D (Age 8)

For dancers ages 5 – 8, the foundation levels are designed to spark a young dancer’s joy of movement. With emphasis on musicality and creativity, these engaging dance classes introduce concepts and techniques that establish a strong foundation for dance training.

Foundation classes include Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (both classes are required)  - Register here  

Friday
Sunday     

6:30 - 7:45 pm
11:15 - 12:30 am     

Jazz - Register here

Sunday

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

6:15 - 7:00 pm

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Foundation Boys (Ages 6-8)

For dancers ages 5 – 8, the foundation levels are designed to spark a young dancer’s joy of movement. With emphasis on musicality and creativity, these engaging dance classes introduce concepts and techniques that establish a strong foundation for dance training.

Foundation classes include Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet - Register here

Saturday       

2:30 - 3:30 pm           

Jazz (option 1: ages 6-7)  (Class full)        

Saturday

10:15 - 11:00 am

Jazz (option 2: ages 7-8) (Class full)

Saturday

10:15 - 11:00 am

Jazz (option 3: ages 8-9) (Class full)

Saturday

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Hip Hop (option 1: ages 6-7)  (Class full)    

Saturday

11:00 - 11:45 am

Hip Hop (option 2: 7-9) (Class full)

Saturday

6:15 - 7:00 pm

 

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

 

Junior A (Ages 9-10)

The junior levels are for dancers aged 9 to 13. Building from the foundation level, the junior program establishes fundamental technical skills and supports dancers in developing their unique, individual artistry. Through a warm, inclusive approach, these classes encourage students deeply explore their physical and artistic potential.

Junior classes include Ballet, Pointe* (for students age 11 and up), Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary.
Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (both classes are required) - Register here       

Wednesday      
Sunday

6:45 - 8:00 pm       
1:00 - 2:15 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Contemporary - Register here

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 pm

Jazz (Class full)

Saturday

2:30 - 3:30 pm

 

*  If you have a beginner dancer, please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca so we can help you find the appropriate level.
** Pointe classes will begin after Thanksgiving. Students will be assessed in September on their readiness to begin Pointe. If you register for Pointe and your child is not assessed as being ready for Pointe come Thanksgiving, your Pointe registration will be refunded.

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Junior B (Ages 10-11)

The junior levels are for dancers aged 9 to 13. Building from the foundation level, the junior program establishes fundamental technical skills and supports dancers in developing their unique, individual artistry. Through a warm, inclusive approach, these classes encourage students deeply explore their physical and artistic potential.

Junior classes include Ballet, Pointe* (for students age 11 and up), Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (both classes are required) 1-2 years ballet training recommended*  (Class full)    

Wednesday        
Sunday

6:45 - 8:00 pm
12:45 - 2:15 pm       

Pointe** (for students age 11) (Class full)

Wednesday

8:15 – 9:00 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Contemporary - Register here

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 pm

Jazz (Class full)

Sunday

2:30 - 3:30 pm

 

* If you have a beginner dancer, please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca so we can help you find the appropriate level.
** Pointe classes will begin after Thanksgiving. Students will be assessed in September on their readiness to begin Pointe. If you register for Pointe and your child is not assessed as being ready for Pointe come Thanksgiving, your Pointe registration will be refunded.

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Junior C (Ages 12-13)

The junior levels are for dancers aged 9 to 13. Building from the foundation level, the junior program establishes fundamental technical skills and supports dancers in developing their unique, individual artistry. Through a warm, inclusive approach, these classes encourage students deeply explore their physical and artistic potential.

Junior classes include Ballet, Pointe* (for students age 11 and up), Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary.

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.

 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet (both classes are required) 1-2 years ballet training is required* (Class full)   

Tuesday        
Sunday

6:45 - 8:15 pm
12:45 - 2:15 pm        

Pointe** (Class full)

Tuesday

8:15 - 9:00 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Monday

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Contemporary - Register here

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 pm

Jazz - Register here

Sunday

2:30 - 3:30 pm

 

* If you have a beginner dancer, please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca so we can help you find the appropriate level.
** Pointe classes will begin after Thanksgiving. Students will be assessed in September on their readiness to begin Pointe. If you register for Pointe and your child is not assessed as being ready for Pointe come Thanksgiving, your Pointe registration will be refunded.

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Senior A

In the senior levels, dancers ages 14 – 18 apply their skills and artistry to explore increasingly challenging vocabulary and complex choreography. Senior program staff support each dancer as they take-on the challenges and reap the rewards of rigorous dance training in a vibrant, artistic environment.

New students looking to join our senior levels must contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca for support selecting the appropriate level.
 
Senior classes include Ballet, Pointe*, Ballet Repertoire*, Hip Hop, Contemporary.
 
* Please note, dancers must be enrolled in Ballet to register for Pointe and/or Ballet Repertoire

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.
 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet* (both classes are required) (Class full)    

Monday
Saturday       

6:45 - 8:15 pm       
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Pointe** (Class full)

Saturday

8:15 - 9:00 pm

Repertoire (Class full)

Saturday

3:15 - 4:00 pm

Contemporary - Register here

Thursday

7:15 -8:15 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Friday

7:15 -8:15 pm

 

*  Please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca so we can help you find the appropriate level.
** Pointe classes will begin after Thanksgiving. New students will be assessed in September on their readiness to begin Pointe. If you register for Pointe and your child is not assessed as being ready for Pointe come Thanksgiving, your Pointe registration will be refunded.

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Senior B

In the senior levels, dancers ages 14 – 18 apply their skills and artistry to explore increasingly challenging vocabulary and complex choreography. Senior program staff support each dancer as they take-on the challenges and reap the rewards of rigorous dance training in a vibrant, artistic environment.

New students looking to join our senior levels must contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca for support selecting the appropriate level.
 
Senior classes include Ballet, Pointe*, Ballet Repertoire*, Hip Hop, Contemporary.
 
* Please note, dancers must be enrolled in Ballet to register for Pointe and/or Ballet Repertoire

Multiclass discount: For every additional class you register for after the first, a $55 discount will be applied to your registration.
 
 

Class

Week Day

Time

Ballet* (both classes are required) (Class full)     

Saturday       

6:45 - 8:15 pm       
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Pointe** (Class full)

Saturday

8:15 - 9:00 pm

Repertoire (Class full)

Saturday

3:15 - 4:00 pm

Contemporary - Register here

Thursday

7:15 -8:15 pm

Hip Hop - Register here

Friday

7:15 -8:15 pm

 

* Please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca so we can help you find the appropriate level.
** Pointe classes will begin after Thanksgiving. New students will be assessed in September on their readiness to begin Pointe. If you register for Pointe and your child is not assessed as being ready for Pointe come Thanksgiving, your Pointe registration will be refunded.

 

For inquiries please contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.

Financial Assistance

At NBS we believe that dance education should be accessible to all members of our community and work to remove barriers that may deter potential students from pursuing their passion and talent for dance. We welcome you to learn more about financial assistance for our Young Dancers Program.

Financial Assistance

At NBS we believe that dance education should be accessible to all members of our community and work to remove barriers that may deter potential students from pursuing their passion and talent for dance. We welcome you to learn more about financial assistance for our Young Dancers Program.

Rachael Karker, Alumni and Olympian

I would definitely recommend dance. I think it’s such a fun sport to start out in and to continue in as well. Dance is so much fun, and you learn so many skills. I think it’s a great way to get exercising or to just try something new, and I think it’s a great basis for a lot of other sports.

Parent, YDP

The program has been absolutely wonderful in many regards, and in particular it has given her the confidence and training that she needs in order to progress not only in ballet, but in many aspects of daily life.

Parent, YDP

We have been thrilled to watch our son’s love and knowledge of dance grow - as well as his confidence. The teachers create an environment that is supportive and kind while at the same time inspiring the young dancers to keep learning and striving.

Let's Get In Touch

Do you have any questions about the Young Dancers Program? Complete the email form, or contact youngdancers@nbs-enb.ca.