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.

A girl jumping in a grand jete.
A group of students practicing a dance in class.


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

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Open
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Open
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 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.

A male and two female students jumping in a dance pose.


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.

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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.

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Required Courses

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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
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)
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.


$5,682.00 * ‡

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 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.

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)

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

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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.

“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

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.

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