Commercial Dance Program (P106)

Commercial Dance
School of Media and Performing Arts
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (3 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Commercial Dance (P106) is a 12-month certificate program graduating professional triple-threat dancers ready for a career in commercial dance.

Full Program Descriptions


This intensive 12-month Commerical Dance program provides you with the performance skills and marketability necessary to work in the vast field of commercial dance. A graduate has the ability to dance, sing and act enabling a performance career in music videos, musical theatre, cruise ship performance and more. Dance training is in jazz, hip hop and ballet combined with in depth acting, vocals and chorus repertoire. Career management and personal marketing skills, combined with polished performance technique will launch your professional commercial dance career.

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Entrance requirement is dance training at the intermediate jazz level with training in additional dance forms as a significant asset. Prospective students must pass an audition in jazz as well as an interview.

To learn more about the audition process, visit


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 

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In order to graduate, you must successfully complete all of the required credits and appear in the semester 3 Showcase.


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1057 Jazz Dance I
DANC1058 Hip Hop I
DANC1059 Chorus Repertoire I
DANC1060 Acting for Dance I
DANC1061 Vocal for Dance I
DANC1062 Ballet I
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1064 Jazz Dance II
DANC1065 Hip Hop II
DANC1066 Chorus Repertoire II
DANC1067 Acting for Dance II
DANC1068 Vocal for Dance II
DANC1069 Ballet II
DANC1070 Introduction to Commercial Dance Careers
DANC1022 Music Theory


semester courses
Code Course Name
DANC1071 Performance Preparation (Field Education)
DANC1072 Acting for Dance III
DANC1073 Vocal for Dance III
DANC1074 Chorus Repertoire III
DANC1075 Ballet III
DANC1076 Production
DANC2012 Jazz Dance III

Showcase rehearsal hours will be scheduled in semesters 2 and 3 and are categorized as in-class mandatory homework hours. These hours will be most intense during semester 3 and leading up to the Showcase performance.

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:

  • The commercial dance industry: performing on cruise lines, at resorts and casinos, as well as touring with children’s productions such as Franklin the Turtle.
  • The project-based dance industry: applying for funding for their own projects, choreographing, founding companies, joining/forming groups and producing shows, performing in festivals, cabarets, theatres and resorts.
  • Traditional festivals: apprenticing, performing and touring with established festivals such as Stratford and the Charlottetown Festival.
  • 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.
  • Film and television: appearing in productions and music videos, and developing dance on film projects.

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.

Tuition and Fees


$8,193.00* ‡

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three 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 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 - Auditions will be held in spring and fall. For exact dates and times please call 416-415-5000, ext. 2196 or visit
  • A minimum of five years training in Jazz Dance; training in additional dance forms is an asset.

** 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  

"The faculty pushed me to be the best I could be."

Olivia Lyle (Graduate, Commercial Dance Studies)

Performer in Hairspray

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.

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