Memorable dance teachers

Since its establishment, NBS has been led by generations of dance teachers who are memorable for their talents, achievements and personalities. Scroll through the page below to read some memories of teachers that have been provided by NBS alumni. Add your own memories in the comment box below.

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In grade 10, in my first progress meeting with Mr. Gilmour, he quickly recognized my diverse non-ballet interests, and used those as a way to build a personal connection. His willingness to sit and chat about fishing or camping, in addition to my artistic progress, helped me realize that I could pursue a career in dance, and maintain my non-ballet hobbies and sense of self. He didn’t make me choose between the two, and for this I am forever grateful.
— Cameron Baldassarra
 Members of NBS's Artistic Staff pose for the annual yearbook in 1984.

Members of NBS's Artistic Staff pose for the annual yearbook in 1984.

One of my favourite memories at NBS is being a part of Ms. Toto’s ballet class my first summer. [. . .] Ms. Toto took me under her wing and made me feel right at home. She challenged and inspired me.
— Caitlin Hoffman
Too many memories to write down at this time. From Valukin’s quiet contagious energy to push beyond our known limits, to Sellier’s wonderful vivacious solid teaching, to the fabulous [. . .] mentoring of Betty Oliphant . . .
— Judi Richards

Members of NBS's Artistic Staff pose for the annual yearbook in 1985.