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RBC Apprentice Programme

The National Ballet of Canada is no longer accepting audition application packages or holding auditions in consideration of the RBC Apprentice Programme for the 2022/23 Season. Please check our website in the fall for updates on our upcoming 2023/24 auditions.

What is the RBC Apprentice Programme?

The National Ballet of Canada offers an Apprentice Programme under the sponsorship of The RBC Foundation. This programme is intended for both male and female graduates of professional conservatories who are interested in dancing with the National Ballet. The apprenticeship consists of five men and five women and takes place over 10 months and allows dancers to continue building their technical skills while adapting to a professional schedule.

All Apprentices take part in YOU dance ( , an outreach programme offered by the National Ballet. This programme involves the preparation and presentation of selected repertory at performances or digitally to introduce young people to ballet.

As members of YOU dance, Apprentices also benefit from classes and rehearsals that focus on the development of the skills appropriate to their position as entry-level professionals. As well, they are welcome to approach the members of the artistic staff for career advice and coaching. Apprentices receive 50% of a first-year National Ballet Corps de Ballet member salary. The National Ballet's Artistic Director Karen Kain and the Artistic Staff team evaluate the Apprentices throughout the year and may invite them to join the National Ballet as a company member at any point within the period of the apprenticeship.

In the event an Apprentice is not to be offered further work with the National Ballet every effort is made to convey this information in a timely fashion.


If you have not graduated from a secondary school program by the start of the contract date, you are NOT eligible for the Apprentice auditions. However, you may contact Canada’s National Ballet School ( for more information regarding classes, summer school and other training programmes while a secondary school student.

If you are an established dancer who has strong classical ballet technique and performing experience with a professional company, you may audition for a company contract. Read more ( .

The RBC Apprenticeship Programme is generously supported by the RBC Foundation.

For more information regarding the RBC Apprentice Programme and auditions, please email

For more information regarding the RBC Apprentice Programme and auditions, please email or call 416 345 9686 x352.