Dance Performance Program (P105)

Dance Performance
School of Media and Performing Arts
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
Ontario College Diploma
Dance Performance (P105) is a rigorous and high-standard two-year diploma program that prepares ballet and contemporary dancers to launch a performance career in professional dance.

Full Program Descriptions


This rigorous and comprehensive two-year Dance Performance diploma program provides you with the necessary skills to launch a career in dance. As a graduate, you will be a classical ballet and/or contemporary dancer with the professionalism, technical expertise and industry contacts required to pursue a career in dance. With a choice of specialty in classical or contemporary dance, students train in ballet, modern and jazz with studies in acting, vocal, repertoire and composition to elevate their overall performance quality and marketability.

There are two streams for students to specialize in either classical or contemporary dance:

  • The Classical stream is for intermediate/advanced ballet students and includes more advanced training in ballet and pointe.
  • The Contemporary stream is for intermediate-level ballet students and includes additional contemporary training and the option of less advanced pointe classes.
dancer dancing


Entrance requirement is dance training at the intermediate classical ballet level with pointe work and 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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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

Course Outline

Required Courses 

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In order to graduate, you must successfully complete all of the required credits and appear in the semesters 2 and 4 Showcases.

Showcase rehearsal hours will be scheduled in semesters 2 and 4 and are categorized as in-class mandatory homework hours. There will be between 2 and 10 hours of rehearsal per week, mostly during semesters 2 and 4, until each Showcase performance. Production week at the theatre may also require additional hours.


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1003 Classical Ballet – Practical I
DANC1005 Pointe I
DANC1007 Jazz I
DANC1009 Modern I
DANC1022 Music Theory
DANC1052 Vocal Skills for Dance I
DANC1054 Acting Skills for Dance I
DANC1077 Repertoire I
COMM1007 College English
GSCI1177 Wellness and Lifestyle


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1004 Classical Ballet – Practical II
DANC1006 Pointe II
DANC1008 Jazz II
DANC1010 Modern II
DANC1053 Vocal Skills for Dance II
DANC1055 Acting Skills for Dance II
DANC1080 Showcase Rehearsal (Field Education)
DANC2013 Repertoire – Group
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1027 Acting for Dance III
DANC1028 Vocal for Dance III
DANC2003 Classical Ballet – Practical III
DANC2005 Pointe III
DANC2007 Modern III
DANC2009 Jazz III
DANC1078 Repertoire II
DANC1011 Composition Studies I
GSCI1045 Nutrition


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1029 Acting for Dance IV
DANC1030 Vocal for Dance IV
DANC1081 Showcase Rehearsal II
DANC2004 Classical Ballet – Practical IV
DANC2006 Pointe IV
DANC2008 Modern IV
DANC2010 Jazz IV
DANC2014 Repertoire III
DANC2015 Composition Studies II
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Our graduates are working! Some of the many places they've found work include:

  • Traditional dance companies and festivals: apprenticing, performing and touring with established dance companies and festivals such as Stratford, Ballet Jörgen Canada and the Charlottetown Festival.
  • The project-based dance industry: applying for funding for their own projects, choreographing, founding companies, joining/forming groups and producing shows, and performing in festivals, cabarets, theatres and resorts.
  • Film and television: appearing in productions and music videos, and developing dance on film projects.
  • The dance training studio industry, driven by television and live dance competitions: teaching, choreographing, coaching and judging, as well as founding and taking ownership of their own studios.
  • The dance fitness and workshop industry: teaching and developing the expanding market of dance fitness and specialized workshops, and taking this product across Canada and abroad.
  • The sports and dance teams industry: cheerleading, and forming and joining dance teams.

Some graduates continue on to arts and master’s degrees in universities and continued professional development in fields such as circus performance, personal fitness, stage management, nutrition and physical therapies.

Future Study Options 

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Tuition and Fees


$5,750.00 * ‡

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $60 audition fee (payable in cash or cheque 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 intermediate level training in Classical Ballet (5 –7 years); pointe work is required, as well as training in Jazz and/or Modern Dance.

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

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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 (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"I am now heading into the dance industry with an immense amount of technique and ability that I would not have received without my training and the specific teachers with whom I had the honour of working."

Megan White (Graduate, Dance Performance Studies)

Currently auditioning, working, two-times choregrapher for George Brown Dance Ensemble.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Media and Performing Arts

Kia Kotsanis, Program Co-ordinator

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.

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