Come and see why our programming is progressive, research-based and designed to teach dance teachers with a 21st-century approach to learning. No exams, no tests, no rote learning. We assess your ability to teach dance, not memorize steps.
Dance Teachers and those aspiring to be…become certified as a Level 1, 2 or 3 Dance Educator through Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education’s Online Dance Teacher Training Program (ODTTP).
Progressive Learning… Our program is unique in that it attracts all Dance Educators, Dance Students and those aspiring to be. Our motto is “whole dance education.” Our 21st century approach to education offers students an opportunity to explore their own interests, develop their inquiry skills and apply course content as is relevant to their own needs and experiences. We do not feed our students information, and expect it to be reiterated back to us. This is not how learning happens. We encourage our Teachers in Training to develop their own voice and become critical thinkers and problem solvers through our program.
What to expect… All prospective students must apply online, and be available to conference online once per week/day for 1-2 hours with other classmates and the course instructor. All 3 levels run each term, please see application deadlines and term dates below. Students interested in applying should be able to effectively manage their time, be lifelong learners and be able to self motivate. The course structure allows for some freedom in scheduling, content and material studied, thus prospective students should be interested in our inquiry-based approach to learning, be open to developing their own questions and seeking answers to more their learning forward.
Our program attracts… We are not only training dancers and teachers, we encourage all of our graduates to seek out and explore the variety of career options available in the field of Dance. We also have had graduates that specialize in various styles of dance, not exclusive to studio driven styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and so on. We encourage dance teachers studying and teaching all genres/ages of dance to apply!
This program allows dance educators who have a packed teaching schedule throughout the year the opportunity to complete their certifications 100% ONLINE within 1-2 weeks. See schedule below for dates.
WINTER INTENSIVES 2020-21:
Part 1: DEC 28, ’20 – JAN 1, ’21 – 7 HRS/day
Part 2: DEC 28, ’20 – JAN 3, ’21 – 6 HRS/day
SUMMER INTENSIVES 2021:
Part 1: JUNE 28, ’21 – JULY 2, ’21 – 7 HRS/day
Part 2: JUNE 28, ’21 – JULY 4, ’21 – 6 HRS/day
Part 3: JUNE 28, ’21 – JULY 9, ’21 – 3.9/ HRS/day – EXCL: JULY 3 + 4
The 3 parts of this program do not have to be completed back to back, they do not need to be completed in the same year and if you only want to complete PART 1, then that’s fine as well.
Can’t commit to any of the dates listed above? Prospective students may apply to our “Private Online Dance Teacher Training Certification Program.” This is an opportunity for students to work 1 on 1 with the course instructor during dates of their own choosing. *Additional Fees Apply
“I’m an advocate for the inclusion of dance education in our school system. Its benefits are far reaching. I wish to be an ambassador for the importance of continued dance education for the dance teachers in my province so that more studios are committed to providing safe, and comfortable learning environments. It’s important for me to be connected and continue to stay fresh and current in my teaching practice. Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education supports all my initiatives. I am excited to meet other professionals aiming to do the same.”
I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Online Dance Teacher Training Program. It is a rigorous program which is what I was looking for, yet the flexibility of the online format made it possible for me to fit it around my work and family schedule. The aspects of this program that I found the most rewarding were getting to learn from a professor who is very experienced and welcoming with her teaching style, getting access to reading material that is quite comprehensive, and most importantly of all for me, were the discussion sessions with the other students where we were able to share our experiences and ideas and to learn from each other.
“Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education’s Online Dance Teacher Training Program (ODTTP) has allowed me to continue and develop my dance teacher education further while providing the flexibility I need. Being a Dance Educator requires more than just knowing how to dance and the program looks at these important aspects of dance instruction. It is very thorough in subject matter and provides challenge, opportunity and support in its’ coursework as well as peer and instructor contact. Jolanta is a passionate, knowledgeable, encouraging instructor who is very willing to share and guide students in each of their particular paths. As a result, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge, connections and resources that will follow me always.”
“The online dance teacher training program allowed me to study something that I’m passionate about without having to change my current lifestyle. The program is extremely well developed providing an understanding of the basic elements of dance education and expanding from there. Great, informed dance teachers are formed through this program!”
“Within the first week of beginning the Online Dance Teacher Training Program I had implemented what we were studying into my own dance classes. The ODTTP is perfect for any dance educator who has a hectic life but also desires to stay relevant in dance education.”
“It is so wonderful to have a program that offers online education. Completing the Summer Intensive of part 1 of the Online Dance Teacher Training Program was a great experience. Quick, informative and fun!”
During my career in dance I have learnt that you can never stop learning. This program is fantastic for any dance educator who wants to stay relevant and learn new ideas, I had implemented new ideas into my classroom the first week. Jolanta’s passion for dance education is infectious! Her knowledge and encouraging words make you want to absorb everything she says. ODTTP is the best program that I have taken in a long time.
Engaging, challenging, enriching; these are all words that come to mind about the online teacher training program with CNADE. As a teacher with lots of experience, I was looking for professional development that would value my knowledge but also offered thought-provoking work in dance. I’ve found this with the OTTP and more! Jolanta Oko has designed a program that will challenge dance teachers to think about their practice in new ways, that is rigorous but not intimidating, and inspires you to be a better dance educator. It has allowed me to meet new dance colleagues across the country and create a network of other passionate dance educators. This program has helped me hone my skills and supported my belief that dance education can and should be valued. It has helped me gain confidence to pursue my passion and to follow a new path of growth. I would absolutely recommend this program to any dance educator!
I’m so happy I found Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education. Jolanta is a passionate and professional educator who shares her knowledge and experience and gets results. We learned practical applications that I was able to apply immediately to my lessons. I also made valuable professional contacts with the other students. I highly recommend these courses to all dance educators looking to improve their careers.
I found this program to be thorough and thought-provoking and has provided me with a fresh perspective on dance education. Jolanta is very knowledgeable and her passion for dance education is both evident and inspiring, The flexibility of studying online allowed me to work within the parameters of my own schedule, but I was still able to feel connected through the online classroom and weekly lab. I recommend this program to any dance educator looking for a new or different approach to their teaching methods.
“The CNADE Online Dance Teacher Training Program – Part 1 offers an in-depth, practical look at how to better engage the child dancer/learner in a class setting. It is a very thought-provoking program that challenges dance teachers to carefully think through and refine all aspects of their own teaching techniques. I applaud Jolanta for doing her part to improve the quality of dance education in Canada and beyond.”
“The course of dance teacher training offered my Canada’s national academy of dance education, reminds you that as a teacher it’s also about how you are teaching as well as the content you are teaching. The course is very well structured, set up and very friendly giving you the opportunity to meet with dance educators with all different types of experience from across the world.”
“I am loving my time in the Online Teacher Training Program. As a dance educator for over fifteen years, it’s so nice to get some fresh ideas, and to go back to the basics and start new. Part One covers a broad range of topics dealing with classroom management and childhood development. All these things are great starting points for anyone whether they are a new educator, or a seasoned one. Thank you to Jolanta for providing the dance world with this opportunity for educators to learn and grow.”
“Thanks to CNADE for a wonderful part 1! The fast tracked week long course was the perfect touch to my teaching toolbox. Thank you Jolanta for being such a wealth of knowledge!!”
“I had a great experience and (the) quality of education provided is the best, as (are) the faculties.”
“ODTTP parts 1 & 2 has allowed me to take content learned in class and apply it in the studio. Being able to support my decisions as a dance teacher with science and research taught through this program has allowed for me to grow as a teacher. I recommend this for any dance teacher – new to the profession or seasoned!”
“After searching for a dance teacher training program for months, I was pleased to find that the CNADE offered Part 1 of their ODTTP over the summer of 2020. I believe that the CNADE offers the most rigorous, professional and engaging Dance Teacher Training program in Canada. I am very fortunate that I completed Part 1 of the ODTTP, as I do not believe that I could receive such direct, personalized feedback that catered to my learning needs through another program. The curriculum was challenging, but was fascinating and is continuously evolving as new research emerges. Moreover, the ODTTP emphasized the importance of life-long learning and opened doors so that I can continue to advance my knowledge and skills in the future. I am excited to see how my career evolves as a Dance Educator and give full credit to this innovative program for inspiring my future endeavours.”
“Thanks to CNADE dance teacher training program I’ve learned the essentials of being the teacher. Being part of CNADE course gave me better understanding behind the role of dance teacher. Aside from learning we were able to feel free sharing thoughts and discuss our ideas. I can not be more than grateful for this valuable experience.”