The Academy

Post Secondary Training Program


Conteur was established in 2011, after the realization of the need for dancers in the Canadian Dance Industry to continue to study and train beyond a dancer’s formative years in the studio. Founded by Eryn Waltman, Conteur’s vision is to offer a program in which elite dancers may continue to grow technically, hone their skills and gain a portfolio of knowledge to aid in professional opportunities. The Academy’s program is intended to enhance the training experience of those seeking a career in dance, whether it be in performance, teaching or choreography. Since its official launch in October 2012, The Academy continues to train and mentor bright and talented dancers across Canada and the US.

Through the 2-year training program, The Academy enhances and further develops the skills of an already accomplished dancer with exposure to Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Floor, Pilates, Yoga, and other specialties of dance and body training. Students are offered a unique program which aids in the existing development of their expertise and assists in building their professional portfolio recommended for pursuing a career in the dance industry.

First Year: 
Heavy focus on the technical foundation of dance training and body conditioning.

Second Year: 
Students concentrate upon the Applied Arts to further their technical base of training by expanding their horizons into choreographic and improvisation opportunities as well as professional portfolio building.

A 30-hour week of technical training is provided and includes participation in the Conteur repertoire class. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and have opportunities to perform in the annual performance(s). Additionally, the relationships secured with various faculty and guest faculty within the program aid in the career development of the dancers who complete the program.

Conteur Academy Content:

– Ballet
– Contemporary
– Modern
– Floor
– Jazz
– Pilates
– Yoga
– Body Training
– Business for Dance
– Progressions
– Technique
– Improvisation


– Strong technical training in Ballet (syllabus not specified)
– Specialty in Contemporary and Modern training
– Minimum 5 years of technical training
– Superior talent and overall versatility

Cost of The Academy:

$5000.00 + HST  per year (subject to change)
Additional fees required for audition, registration and other curriculum-based courses

Key Contacts:

Eryn Waltman: Founder | Artistic Director
Dani Matte: Executive Director | Executive Director