teacher training program

A student in the Teacher Training Program delivers a class in the School's swimming pool as part of NBS' Conditioning Program.

Students in the TTP gain valuable hands-on teaching experience while working with young recreational dancers.

In 1978, NBS launched the Teacher Training Program (TTP), a three-year program of study for aspiring dance teachers. Although an informal program had been operating at the School since 1959, this new initiative marked a significant moment in the evolution of the School.

Initially led by Carole Chadwick, it offered a comprehensive curriculum that included Cecchetti and ISTD National Dance syllabi, as well as anatomy, pedagogy, ballet history and other pertinent subjects. The program, currently under the direction of Anuschka Roes, has continued to evolve in response to the changing environment of dance education.

In addition to the formal studies, the TTP offers its students, many of whom are former professional dancers, a unique opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience working with NBS’ students under the direction of its acclaimed faculty and musicians.

Through the TTP, Canada’s National Ballet School has contributed significantly to higher standards of dance teaching wherever its graduates are found.

There are too many favourite memories to speak of - NBS has been my touchstone institution, preparing me for a successful career in professional dance, and recently as a proud graduate of NBS’ phenomenal TTP Diploma program for former professionals. I will be forever grateful for NBS’ continued sense of inclusion, respect, and care for my well-being, on all levels, and at all stages of my journey within the dance industry. It is an undeniably magical place and I feel honoured to represent this prestigious institution as a Double Alumni. Thank you NBS!
— Gerard McIsaac