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Artistic Director

Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) has had just two Artistic Directors over its 64-year history – a remarkable leadership tenure that has enabled the School to realize the long-term aspirations of its visionary artistic leaders. Today, the organization is acclaimed internationally for being trailblazing, caring, and inclusive – an academy whose ambitious standards for holistic training have readied dancers for careers in professional companies around the world. Proud of its record of breakthrough pedagogy, programming, and partnerships, NBS is also a community-engaged organization that empowers Canadians of all ages, abilities, and aspirations to embrace the joy and benefits of dance.

The next Artistic Director will build the vision for the School’s continued evolution. Fuelled by a deep commitment to advancing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion within NBS and across the dance community nationally and internationally, the Artistic Director will ensure the rigour of classical ballet and joyously embrace explorations of all forms of dance. The Artistic Director will work collaboratively and in close partnership with the Executive Director to sustain the School’s caring, inclusive culture and to advance its innovative spirit.

This visionary leader will be an impassioned ballet teacher with a deep understanding of ballet pedagogy – ideally a former professional dancer with artistic credibility within the dance community, and preferably with experience directing a dance school. A team leader and relationship builder who combines dedication to excellence in dance and dance training with compassion, ability, and understanding, the Artistic Director will inspire students and the entire NBS community. This is an opportunity to lead a high-performing, talented team and to train and educate generations of dancers who will touch and astonish the world.

NBS is committed to building a remarkable and talented workforce that is reflective of the diversity in the city of Toronto, and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially welcoming those with diverse intersectional identities who can provide different perspectives and contribute to the further diversification of ideas. NBS is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices; should you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please make your needs/requirements known. A complete position profile can be found here: Please indicate your interest in Project 230931 with a cover letter, resume, and diversity statement at

Address: 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6 | Responsibilities: artistic vision, strategic and educational leadership, team leadership, community outreach and engagement, external relations; Term: permanent position; Language of work: English; competitive wage and benefits; Contact:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2024
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
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Employer Details

National Ballet School

on behalf of the National Ballet School
400 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6

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