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The moment you enter the Conservatory you become aware of the building’s history and its atmosphere of vibrant artistic activity, created through the outstanding quality and dedication of the entire faculty. The School of Dance’s teaching staff includes a wonderful blend of national and international backgrounds that bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the training of students.

As a student, The Conservatory was an inspiring place for me to grow and develop as an artist. The technical training I received there, enabled me to pursue my passion. Returning to teach is like coming home. The students are incredibly thoughtful and eager in their approach while upholding the quality of training that The Conservatory is known for.
Johanna Hillchie, Professional / Private Ballet Instructor - Toronto, ON
Since joining the Conservatory over 30 years ago I have been amazed to see the Dance Program grow from five students to a vibrant, nationally and internationally respected ballet training location. It is the team of extraordinary dance faculty that has worked this magic. I am delighted to see children from three years old grow in the programs, and likewise to see seniors thrive in this rich atmosphere of dance and music.
Barbara Dearborn, Dean of Dance, the Conservatory
As a young dancer at The Conservatory, I was always surrounded by inspiration and imagination. The warm, nurturing environment of the school was crucial in helping me build a solid foundation of dance technique, as well as being a perfect incubator for my passion and artistry to grow.
Hanna Mae Cruddas, Professional Dancer with Canada's Ballet Jorgen
Conservatory dance students excel because of excellent instruction, small class sizes and fantastic opportunities. Students shine in spring recital, special performances, camps and clinics and the annual production. It’s the complete dance experience.
Lori, Parent

The School of Dance, under the direction of Barbara Dearborn, continues to focus its instruction
 on ballet as the principle style in order to provide a strong basis for developing other forms of dance. Barbara Dearborn has been the Director and Head Teacher of the School of Dance for thirty years and is currently Dean of Dance. Through her knowledge, dedication and commitment, 
the school has developed an outstanding Classical Ballet training program that embraces
 all three major styles of classical dance; Cecchetti Society of Canada (CSC), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA). Also offered are a unique Folk Dance program and our very highly respected post-secondary Teacher Training Program, which is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

Graduates of the School of Dance have continued their careers with professional dance companies and major teaching institutions across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Important Dates

Upcoming events:

  • Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    Tue
    02
    Jan
    2018

    Winter Break: Office & Campus Closed

  • Wed
    03
    Jan
    2018

    Classes resume for Music & Dance

  • Mon
    08
    Jan
    2018

    Kindermusik Term 2 Begins

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    MCPA Theory Exams

    1:00 PM
  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018

    Contemporary Dance Presentation

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Conservatory Winter Music Exams

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    Deadline to withdraw from Dance classes

  • Mon
    22
    Jan
    2018

    Vivid Vocal Ensemble Concert

    7:30 PM
  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2018

    Swingalong Vocal Ensemble Concert

    7:30 PM
  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2018
    Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Music and Dance Term 2 Begins

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Broadway Company Players 1st Semester Production

    8:00 PM
  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    Broadway Company Players Musical Auditions

    4:00 PM
  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018

    Adult Winter General Recital

    8:00 PM
  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Broadway Company Players Snow Date for 1st Semester Production

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Junior Winter General Recitals

    1:30pm & 2:30pm
  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Senior Winter General Recitals

    2:00pm & 3:30pm
  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Pre-grade 1 Winter General Recitals

    1:30pm & 2:30pm
  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Outreach Concert at Central Library

  • Mon
    19
    Feb
    2018

    Heritage Day: Campus Open 12-9pm School of Dance classes running from 12 onward

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    MUN Music Auditions and Workshops

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Brass & Woodwind Divisions Chamber Music Day

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018
    Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018

    Dance - Joint project with NSYO

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    School of Dance Parent Observation Week - All Dance Classes

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    School of Dance - Beatrix Potter Children's Production

  • Mon
    12
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    Spring Break: Campus Open

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Spring Music Exams application deadline

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Auditioned Student Awards application deadline

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    Good Friday: Campus Closed

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Easter Saturday: All Dance classes running

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Easter Sunday: Campus Closed

  • Mon
    02
    Apr
    2018

    Easter Monday: Campus Open 12-9 School of Dance classes running from 12-9

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018

    Teachers' Professional Development Fellowship Applications Due for Summer Programs

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Adult Spring General Recital

    8:00 PM
  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Junior Spring General Recitals

    1:30pm & 2:30pm
  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Senior Spring General Recitals

    2:00pm & 3:30pm
  • Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018

    Music & Dance Student Award Auditions, Day 1

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    Wed
    02
    May
    2018

    Music Student Award Auditions, Days 2 & 3

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Kindermusik Year End Celebration

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    MCPA Theory Exams: Levels preparatory to 5

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018

    Kindermusik Spring Adventure Classes Begin

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    Spring Music Exams

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Non-Auditioned Awards application deadline

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Teachers' Professional Development Fellowship applications due for Fall programs

  • Mon
    21
    May
    2018

    Victoria Day: Campus Open 12-9, School of Dance classes running from 12-9

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Birks Cup Concert for Student Music Ensembles

    6:00 PM
  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    School of Dance Final Recitals @ Spatz Theatre

    1:00pm & 4:00pm
  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    Dance Certificates & Awards night

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018

    Broadway Company Players 2nd Semester Show #1

    8:00 PM
  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    School of Dance Picture Day

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Broadway Company Players 2nd Semester Show #2

    8:00 PM
  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Music and Dance Term 2 Ends

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Convocation

    6:00 PM