Dance Performance Preparation Program (P101)

Dance Performance Preparation
School of Media and Performing Arts
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Dance Performance Preparation (P101) is a one-year certificate program offering high-standard technical and performance training, which will prepare graduates to pursue further dance studies and careers in dance.

Full Program Descriptions


This demanding one-year Dance Performance Preparation program will help translate your passion for dancing into the skills necessary to pursue a career in professional dance. As a graduate, you will have a strong and confident foundation from which to further your professional dance education. Technical training is in classical ballet and is supplemented by modern and jazz dance. Studies in vocal and acting will enhance your performance versatility, and employability. This program is based on a focused approach to training, rehearsal and performance.

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Entrance requirement is dance training at the elementary classical ballet level with experience in other dance forms. Prospective students must pass an audition in ballet and jazz as well as an interview.

To learn more about the audition process, visit

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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable version Curriculum Planner Start Date (2013-2014)PDF icon


semester courses
Code Course Name
GSCI1177 Wellness and Lifestyle
DANC1016 Classical Ballet – Basic I
DANC1017 Pointe – Basic I
DANC1020 Vocal for Dance I
DANC1021 Acting for Dance I
DANC1022 Music Theory
DANC1031 Jazz – Basic I
DANC1032 Modern - Basic I
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1018 Classical Ballet – Basic II
DANC1019 Pointe – Basic II
DANC1023 Acting for Dance II
DANC1024 Vocal for Dance II
DANC1033 Jazz – Basic II
DANC1034 Modern – Basic II
DANC1077 Repertoire I
DANC1080 Showcase Rehearsal (Field Education)
GNED General Education Elective

Showcase rehearsal hours are between 2 and 10 hours of rehearsal per week until the Showcase performance. Production week at the theatre may also require additional hours.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Our graduates have a solid foundation for continued study. Graduates use their singular or combined skills and discipline in dance, voice and acting to pursue further professional training at George Brown Dance or gain entrance to other respected programs around the country and abroad.

Future Study Options 

The Dance Performance Preparation program (P101) strengthens your dance technique and can be a valuable start prior to going on to further training. Graduates of P101 can audition for Dance Performance (P105) and Commercial Dance (P106) and if successful, may be eligible for some credit towards this future study.

Tuition and Fees


$5,557.00 * ‡

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $60.00 audition fee (payable in cash or money order only) when you arrive on the day of your audition for P101, P105 or P106.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Interview
  • Audition
  • A minimum of five years training in Jazz or Modern Dance and elementary level training in Ballet (1–3 years).

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"This program is amazing because there is so much to learn technically, mentally and emotionally. The help from the professional teachers about technique and their advice about our futures were so insightful. The vast opportunities that this program offers have helped students find jobs and network with future co-workers."

Cheryl Chan (Graduate 2011, Dance Performance Preparation)

Dancer with Company B.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Media and Performing Arts

Kia Kotsanis, Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2196

Email: or

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The Dance programs are located at the Casa Loma Campus.

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.