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Dance Programs

 

George Brown College provides the ideal training ground to transform your need to dance into a profession.

Our diploma program provides principal training in ballet with a strong focus on other styles, including modern and jazz. Real-world experience plays a big role in George Brown’s dance training as well, with students performing for the public as part of our annual season and, potentially, for our program partner, Ballet Jörgen Open New Browser Window.

See detailed program descriptions below.

We offer three dance programs:

  • Dance Performance Preparation: a one-year certificate program that offers broad training to help students determine the best way forward in their dance training.
  • Dance Performance Studies: a two-year diploma program with a focus on ballet, but also includes training in modern and jazz.
  • Commercial Dance Studies: a three-semester certificate program meant to train dancers to work in music videos, tour with bands and singers, work in musical theatre, resort and cruise ship performance and other commercial employment.

“The dance world is changing. It’s much more fluid than it used to be 20, 30 years ago,” said Ballet Jorgen founder Bengt Jörgen. “A lot of our grads get work in the dance community, but we also have a lot of students who work in the commercial field. And, of course, there are some people who work in ballet and in contemporary, modern dance. And we have several students who’ve gone on to work in musical theatre.”

Advantages of dance training at George Brown:

  • Downtown Toronto: Study dance in the heart of Toronto, home to some of the country’s top dance companies. Immerse yourself in the local scene - study, see shows and be inspired!
  • Make industry contacts: Our faculty have had a performance career or are currently working in the industry. Start career networking in school by making important professional contacts.
  • Small class sizes:  There are, on average, about 20 students per class, meaning you don’t have to squeeze into the studio and you’ll receive plenty of guidance from faculty.
  • Perform for the public: You’ll get opportunities to let your skills shine on stage before completing the program. Students perform at professional theatres and some students get the opportunity to tour with Ballet Jörgen Open New Browser Window.


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Commercial Dance Studies Program (P103) 2014 - 2015 Certificate Full Time

This intensive three-semester program develops your technical training and professionalism for a career in commercial dance. Using primarily jazz, as well as hip hop, chorus repertoire and ballet, your dance technique is strengthened and polished to a professional level.

Commercial Dance Studies Program (P103) 2015 - 2016 Certificate Full Time

This intensive three-semester Commercial Dance Studies program develops your technical training and professionalism for a career in commercial dance. Using primarily jazz, as well as hip hop, chorus repertoire and ballet, your dance technique is strengthened and polished to a professional level.

Dance Performance Preparation Program (P101) 2015 - 2016 Certificate Full Time

Dance Performance Preparation is a one-year foundational program that strengthens and hones your fundamental dance technique. Technical training in classical ballet is supplemented by components of modern and jazz dance to provide you with the knowledge and ability to pursue advanced training in the dance field.

Dance Performance Preparation Program (P101) 2014 - 2015 Certificate Full Time

This one-year program is a foundational program that strengthens and hones your fundamental dance technique. Technical training in classical ballet is supplemented by components of modern and jazz dance to provide you with the knowledge and ability to pursue advanced training in the dance field.

Dance Performance Studies Program (P102) 2014 - 2015 Diploma Full Time

This two-year program develops your technical training from fundamental to professional. Using primarily classical ballet, as well as modern and jazz technical training, you learn the technique required for professional dance work.

Dance Performance Studies Program (P102) 2015 - 2016 Diploma Full Time

This two-year Dance Performance Studies program develops your technical training from fundamental to professional. Using primarily classical ballet, as well as modern and jazz technical training, you learn the technique required for professional dance work.

 

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