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.

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Program name
Dance Performance Preparation
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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

Part Time Study Options

Please note this program does not have a part time study option.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Execute classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance technique at a basic level in choreographed solo and ensemble presentations.
  2. Sing at a basic level using breathing, dynamics and accuracy of pitch in both solo and chorus presentations.
  3. Execute dramatic works that connect emotionally with audience, both individually and within an ensemble presentation, at a basic level.
  4. Present self professionally at auditions and through resumes, biographical backgrounds, and photographs to advance artistic and career opportunities.
  5. Develop and apply self-knowledge and reflective practice to make informed artistic and personal choices.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
GSCI1177Wellness and Lifestyle
DANC1016Classical Ballet – Basic I
DANC1017Pointe – Basic I
DANC1020Vocal for Dance I
DANC1021Acting for Dance I
DANC1022Music Theory
DANC1031Jazz – Basic I
DANC1032Modern - Basic I
DANC1079Hip Hop Basic I
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DANC1018Classical Ballet – Basic II
DANC1019Pointe – Basic II
DANC1023Acting for Dance II
DANC1024Vocal for Dance II
DANC1033Jazz – Basic II
DANC1034Modern – Basic II
DANC1077Repertoire I
DANC1080Showcase Rehearsal (Field Education)
DANC1082Hip Hop Basic II
GNEDGeneral 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

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.


$5,565.00 * ‡

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $60 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.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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 more information on auditions, including dates and times please call 416-415-5000, ext. 2196 or visit
  • 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)

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

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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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Success Stories

Katie Couchie student success image

When I got into Dance Performance Preparation program I decided to take the opportunity to get back into dance and it really boosted my confidence. I think it made me into more of a mature dancer because now I can really understand my body and what I have to do to reach my goals.”

Read more about Katie’s story.

Katie Couchie, (Dance Performance Preparation graduate, 2018)

Elise Tigges

“Don’t be so closed minded, things are going to happen and there’s a place for you. We had a teacher that told us in second year, “there’s a place for everyone in the dance world, but you just have to figure out where that place is.” I took that to heart afterwards and figured it out.”

Read more about Elise’s story.

Elise Tigges (Dance Performance Preparation graduate, 2017)

Irma Villafuerte student success image

"This place always pulls me back. It’s a very predominant home of my artistic world. George Brown College weighs a lot in my life as an artist because of the people and the nurturing of my teachers. I became so strong. I was always a dancer, but this school was a match that happened at the right time. They taught me a language I could use as a palette in my own work."

Read more about Irma’s story.

Irma Villafuerte, (Graduate 2016)

“The teachers at George Brown Dance pushed me not only as a dancer but to grow as a person. They inspired me and prepared me for the dance world!”

Mariah Sabucco (Graduate 2015, Dance Performance Preparation)

Training in Germany

Nobahar Dadui student success image

"The atmosphere was so welcoming. The teachers want you to excel. I had never really done well in school, and I had a fear of asking questions. I didn’t feel that at George Brown College. I felt like every time I had a question, it was an opportunity to gain more knowledge."

Read more about Nobahar’s story.

Nobahar Dadui, (Graduate 2013), Professional Artist at Cirque du Soleil

Cheryl Chan

“[The programs] have strong technique…they give you good opportunities and a fair amount of exposure. You can go talk to [artists], that gives you exposure to them and they can see how you are and you can get more jobs through that.”

Read more about Cheryl’s story.

Cheryl Chan (Dance Performance Preparation graduate, 2013)

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

This program is offered through our School of Media and Performing Arts and run in partnership with Ballet Jörgen. Classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

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