ONLINE Professional Dance Teacher Training




Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education offers a 100% ONLINE DANCE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM.

The CNADE Online Professional Dance Teacher Training Program (ODTTP) has been designed to attract and accommodate a wide variety of students (18+) by offering the following advantages:

  • an affordable alternative or compliment to college/university programs
  • graduation after 6, 8 or 10 weeks (approximately 39 hours) of study per program.
  • a focus on a subject specific area of study, rather than a general Arts degree/diploma
  • professional training with experts, at Canada’s only institution dedicated to the professional development and training of dance educators

What you get by choosing us for your Dance teacher Training Certification…

  • Instructor Support 7 Days a week!
  • Easy to use Online Classroom
  • A certificate in a dossier is mailed out to you upon successful completion of each course.
  • A weekly 2 HR Online Lab Face to Face with your Instructor
  • Personal ongoing feedback and discussion throughout the entire course.
  • Professional discussion & dialogue /w other Dance Educators in training from all over the world. 
  • Useful textbooks, resources, activities and lesson plans that you will have with you for the duration of your career.

We are proud of what our Graduates accomplish! Read more about our curriculum below.

  • Syllabi Study
    • Through the study of various syllabi, graduates understand the differences in dance terminology amongst the syllabi and the stylistic characteristics that distinguish one from the other.
  • Healthy Child Development
    • Graduates of the CNADE-DTTP understand the various stages of child development. This understanding allows them to not only better understand their dancers but also allows them to plan their lessons accordingly.
  • Dance Pedagogy
    • 21st-century classrooms are comprised of students who learn and develop an understanding of concepts in different ways, while all at different levels and stages of attaining this understanding. As educators we need a plethora of instructional strategies that we can use to accommodate these students learning needs, to allow each student to achieve at their highest potential.  This understanding of learning styles isn’t often discussed in the dance world. It is essential that today’s dance educators are equipped with an understanding of Dance Pedagogy.  
  • Teaching through Technology
    • The variety of teaching tools and strategies that technology provides for us in today’s world are beyond the realm and scope of what we were learning and teaching in dance 10 years ago.  CNADE-DTTP graduates create and develop ways to engage their dancers in meaningful dance pedagogy, through the use of technology. 
  • Anatomy for Dancers
    • Understanding the dancers’ body, mind and spirit is essential in reaching your students’ fullest potential. Students of CNADE ODTTP graduate with an understanding of how the body moves, how the mind is connected to the body and how the Arts can provide a medium through which mental health can be understood and explored. 
  • Progression through Technique 
    • Technique is something that one can never perfect.  Our graduates have an understanding of the progression and development of technique and are able to teach exercises, plan lessons, and make corrections in a productive, creative, and effective way. 
  • History of Dance
    • Knowing where we came from is important so that we know where we are headed.  CNADE-DTTP graduates have an understanding of the history of dance as it relates to some of the influencers, styles, and music that inspired these styles through time. 
  • The Dance Class
    • Our CNADE- DTTP graduates develop a variety of classroom management skills to help make their dance classes run efficiently and effectively.  They also understand how to develop daily lesson plans, as well as lesson plans for the term to help guide their instruction. 
  • Business for Dancers (Studio Owner Certification)
    • CNADE ODTTP graduates will understand the differences, benefits, and protocols for operating as a Contract Teacher, Sole Proprietor, or Incorporation in Canada. Our graduates also develop skills to promote their online presence professionally.
  • Technique Classes (optional)
    • We believe Mastering your own practice is just as important as understanding it.  Our graduates understand the value/importance of being able to demonstrate this performing art for their students professionally, technically and purposefully.

We also offer…

  • adult dance classes
  • assisting/observation opportunities
  • and more…

Additional Fees: Textbooks and Resources

Good Standing Certification Terms & Conditions: Effective June 1, 2020

At Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education, we are proud of our mission and vision to promote lifelong learning and professional development for Dance Educators across the country and beyond. As a part of our promise to provide Dance Educators with nothing but the best and most current practices in Dance Education, our Dance Teacher Training Graduates will be required to take 1 professional development opportunity every 2 years to keep their certification in good standing with Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education and the CNADE Dance Education Community. Upon successful graduation of Part 1, 2 or 3, graduates will receive a Dance Educator in Good Standing Card. They will receive a “NEW CARD” every 2 years, upon the successful completion of any 1 of the professional development oportunities below. This “NEW CARD” will be used to prove to potential and current employers that you are a CNADE Dance Educator in good standing as recognized by CNADE. The professional development opportunities that students will be required to complete every 2 years could be any 1 of the following:

  • 1 CNADE Online Professional Development Course (Approx 2-4 hours to complete)
  • Attendance at 1 CNADE Online Dance Educators’ Conference
  • Attendance at 1 CNADE Dance Educator Conference, Workshop or Symposium


There is a $35 CAD Application Fee required in order to process your application. 

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