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.

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A girl jumping in a grand jete.


Program name
Dance Performance
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
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 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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.
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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

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. Perform advanced classical ballet and modern dance technique in choreographed solo and ensemble productions.
  2. Perform jazz dance technique in choreographed solo and ensemble productions.
  3. Sing at an intermediate level using pulse, rhythm and metre in both solo presentations and chorus productions.
  4. Create artistically expressive dramatic characterizations in a dance context at an advanced level in both solo and ensemble performances.
  5. Present self professionally at auditions and in industry environments through resumes, biographical backgrounds, and photographs to advance artistic and career opportunities.
  6. Develop self-knowledge and reflective practice to make informed artistic, pedagogical, personal development and career choices within the performing arts industry.
  7. Apply pedagogical skills and concepts to educate students in the areas of ballet, modern and jazz dance training.

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
CodeCourse Name
DANC1003Classical Ballet – Practical I
DANC1005Pointe I
DANC1007Jazz I
DANC1009Modern I
DANC1022Music Theory
DANC1052Vocal Skills for Dance I
DANC1054Acting Skills for Dance I
DANC1077Repertoire I
COMM1007College English
GSCI1177Wellness and Lifestyle


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DANC1004Classical Ballet – Practical II
DANC1006Pointe II
DANC1008Jazz II
DANC1010Modern II
DANC1053Vocal Skills for Dance II
DANC1055Acting Skills for Dance II
DANC1080Showcase Rehearsal (Field Education)
DANC2013Repertoire – Group
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DANC1027Acting for Dance III
DANC1028Vocal for Dance III
DANC2003Classical Ballet – Practical III
DANC2005Pointe III
DANC2007Modern III
DANC2009Jazz III
DANC1078Repertoire II
DANC1011Composition Studies I
DANC2016Professional Practice


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DANC1029Acting for Dance IV
DANC1030Vocal for Dance IV
DANC1070Business Skills for Dancers
DANC1081Showcase Rehearsal II
DANC2004Classical Ballet – Practical IV
DANC2006Pointe IV
DANC2008Modern IV
DANC2010Jazz IV
DANC2014Repertoire III
DANC2015Composition Studies II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

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General Education Electives

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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$5,591.00 * ‡

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 $65 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.

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 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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Success Stories

Bethany Pethick

“As a dancer who wants to dance all the time, GBD is “the dream”. Students get to dance pretty much all day, which allows you to spend valuable time training and practicing. I knew how important ballet was for fundamental dance training and we received this training daily. Students are also trained in contemporary, jazz dance, vocals, acting, composition and choreography. The program targets every point of the spectrum of dance you will need to become a professional.”

Read more about Bethany’s story.

Bethany Pethick (Graduate 2017, Dance Performance)

"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 2015, Dance Performance)

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

Emily Holmes

"There's a lot of opportunities here. George Brown Dance gives you a chance to work with so many different people. Choreographers outside of George Brown come in. It’s a really helpful way to get seen. Derek Sangster (GBD Associate Director) brings in very strong people in the industry. It’s a great opportunity to work with them."

Read more about Emily's story

Emily Holmes (Graduate 2016, Dance Performance)

Peter Kelly

“You have to do other things—you have to be a writer, a stage manager, a marketing and development person. All these different things are a part of you. Especially when you’re young, you should be learning those. If it wasn’t for the teachers I had and the connections I had with the teachers, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am.”

Read more about Peter’s story.

Peter Kelly (Graduate 2015, Dance Performance)

Jamee Valin

“With both concert dance and commercial dance programs within the same school, George Brown keeps the connection between the two. There is also jazz, acting, and vocal. Those are big skills to make a good performer, even if all you do is modern dance, after. The program prepares you for when you’re finished, to know what type of dancer you want to be.”

Read more about Jamee’s story.

Jamee Valin (Graduate 2010, Dance Performance)

Elizabeth Snell

"The program was great because I got to take classes with the Company and learn different choreographies from the Company. I was mostly heavy into ballet, and then I was introduced to a lot of different forms of dance here, such as modern and jazz. The moment I opened my eyes to all of the other things that could happen, I became a much happier person."

Read more about Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth Snell (Graduate 1999, Dance Performance)

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.

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