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The Dance program is the most intensive and comprehensive undergraduate program of its kind in Canada. Delivered by a faculty with extensive professional experience and a passion for student development, the program has earned widespread respect throughout the Canadian and international dance communities.
In this conservatory style training environment, rigorous daily professional training is offered in four dance disciplines - ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz. Our focus on excellence in all four disciplines is one of the characteristics that distinguishes us from other post-secondary training programs. This is combined with related studies in improvisation, composition, partnering, music, acting, film and extensive creative work. A broad selection of specially designed academic courses are also integrated into the program including history of theatre and dance, anatomy, production, global theatre, entrepreneurship and many more. All courses support our mandate, which is to ensure that our graduates are versatile, open, contributing artists who can advocate for themselves and for the arts as a whole.
As a student in the Dance Program, there are multiple performance opportunities. You will rehearse and perform original works choreographed by faculty and internationally acclaimed guest artists. We maintain partnerships and ongoing professional relationships with a diverse range of professional dance companies. Guest artists frequently hire our dancers immediately upon graduation. Through an annual Choreographic Workshop and Choreographic Lab, you will develop and showcase your own compositions. In the final year of study you will have an opportunity to participate in The New Voices Festival, where you create, produce, market and perform your own full-length work.
This comprehensive, in-depth approach to learning dance provides exceptional performance, teaching, and choreographic versatility. Prepared for a wide number of career opportunities, you will graduate with a professional work ethic - knowing the demands of the job and how to meet them - and an expert level of technique, virtuosity, and presentational skills.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages.
This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to the academic requirements, this program selects students on the basis of grades PLUS non-academic requirements.
For more details, visit Ryerson's Performance: Dance Admissions site.
Visit Ryerson University's official course calendar and curriculum overview for course descriptions and course requirements per semester.