NBS students are exposed to a variety of dance styles, like the character class in the photo above, to keep pace with the ever-evolving nature of dance and choreography.

Choreographers increasingly reach across the traditional boundaries of dance to create new movement vocabularies that embrace dance styles with origins in different cultures and musical genres. They have also embraced new methods for generating movement ideas that often include input from the dancers. Recognizing the need to embrace these innovations, Mavis Staines has introduced classes in:

- Contemporary Dance

- Improvisation

- Drama & Expression

- Character Dance

- Classical Indian Dance

- Musical Theatre

Students rehearse a contemporary dance piece on stage at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. Professional companies increasingly look for dancers who can embrace contemporary choreography just as much as classical choreography.