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Leaders. Innovators. Professionals.

Our Mission

Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education is Canada’s youngest Professional Dance Teacher Education Institution.

Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education strives to uphold the highest standards of dance teacher training and be a National Institution representing the thousands of dance educators across Canada. We are committed to providing professional programs of excellent quality, in an environment within which dance educators realize the fullest extent of their talents.  We are an academy that fosters excellence in scholarship through its people, partnerships, service and both physical and virtual environments, while aspiring to become known as an institute that promotes lifelong learning for dance educators.

This mission is accompanied by a commitment to expand the academy and make education accessible to the widest possible public through workshops, education programs, virtual environments and other outreach efforts.

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Life Long Learning
21st Century Dance Education

Creative Movement Inspirations

A book series that inspires teachers and motivates students to create movement.

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Meet Our Instructors, Provincial Reps & Ambassadors

Creating Leaders in Dance Education


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Jolanta Oko

Nominated for the Hamilton Arts Innovator Award in 2017 and 2018, Jolanta Oko is the Founder and Director of Canada's…
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Nurturing a character building approach to teaching in the classroom and studio environment, while encouraging the mastering of essential techniques and skills.

Inspiring and encouraging students to engage in meaningful discussion and practice surrounding dance education in an environment where they can thrive.

Innovating new approaches to teaching that enable our graduates to expand the boundaries of dance education through a 21st century lens.  

Life Long Learning

Inspiring students, staff and alumni and others through our commitment to providing and challenging and supportive place for dance educators, encouraging a culture of lifelong learners and individual excellence at all levels.


Our graduates inspire learning, spark creativity and build community. CNADE values its graduates as life-long members of CNADE who make significant contributions to its on-going life and reputation.


Collaborating with other university, industry, professional and partners where appropriate.


Maintaining a capacity to respond to new fields as they emerge.



Promote the CNADE certification as a viable and attractive option for dance educators, while increasing our ability to attract students whose abilities and aspirations match the programs available.