Barbara Dearborn – Dean of Dance
Barbara joined the faculty of dance at the Conservatory in 1983, as the sole ballet teacher with 5 students. Barbara became the first named Dean of Dance in 2010 with a student body in the hundreds. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Dance (Montreal) and Ryerson University (Theatre Department) with a Major in Dance. Barbara is a registered member and certified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She also holds an Honours Certificate in Modern Stage and National Dance from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Barbara is an Examiner in Ballet and Stage for the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA)
Barbara has been a choreographer for the Montreal Childrens’ Theatre, has performed in musicals, ballet and contemporary dance, film and television, and was the co-artistic director and choreographer of the Step of Two mime and dance company. Under her direction, the Conservatory School of Dance has entertained audiences with full length productions of Birthday of the Infanta, Alice the Ballet, Cinderella, Two Tales Dancing and The Happy Prince. In 1997, Barbara founded the School of Dance’s Teacher Training Program – the only post-secondary program of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
Barbara is the former Chair of the Conservatory Board of Governors. She has also served as Branch President of the CDTA Atlantic, Chair of the CDTA Atlantic Examiners’ Committee and Chair of the CDTA Atlantic Ballet Division. Barbara is Past-President of the CDTA’s National Board and Past-Chair of the CDTA’s National Ballet Division.
Under Barbara’s direction, the School of Dance at the Conservatory has flourished. Her experience and expertise marry the technique and science of dance with an innate ability to draw out a dancer’s full artistic potential. Barbara’s students have gone on to professional careers in dance, performance and the teaching of dance.