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.
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.
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.
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.
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.