Program Details

  • Program Code:6460
  • School:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Dance Performance program, the ultimate stepping-stone to becoming a professional dancer, will help you dance your way to a fulfilling career.

Facilitated by the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design, The dynamic Dance Performance program is on the cutting edge of what's new, innovative, current and popular in today's dance culture. This college diploma program will focus on helping you develop a high standard of performance and technical dance skills as well as understanding professional industry standards and expectations. With a holistic approach, this program not only focuses on the physical aspects of dance but strives to build a strong sense of self-esteem, confidence and self-belief. You will be trained in:

  •  Commercial dance
  •  Hip-hop
  •  Ballet
  •  Jazz
  •  Contemporary
  •  Cultural
  •  World trends
  •  Indigenous North American dance forms
  •  Acrobatics
  •  Singing
  •  Choreography
  •  Pas de deux

In addition to learning technical dance skills, you'll take courses that will nurture and enrich the mind-body connection and enhance your storytelling abilities. Throughout the two years of the Dance Performance program, you'll also learn and develop skills and tools to cope with issues such as self and body image, stress, rejection, nutrition, and better understanding of anatomy and injury prevention.

With a learning environment that reflects today's industry, you'll graduate with a professional resume, photos and dance show-reel. You'll also possess a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a professional attitude, and instruction ability within the training and performance environment.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • You'll acquire performance skills at professional, artistic and technical levels.
  • The Dance Performance program's industry connections will allow you to network, learn and work with industry professionals who are in demand worldwide.
  • At the Story Arts Centre, you'll collaborate with students in photography, film, television, music, art and theatre programs.
  • The Dance Performance program's practical, hands-on and entrepreneurial approach will prepare you for a sustainable dance-related career directly upon graduation.

Career Outlook

  • Professional dancer
  • Instructor
  • Choreographer
  • Studio owner

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of this Dance Performance Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
Windsor, Unversity of Bachelor of Arts / Liberal Arts / Professional Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Communication Studies

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
  • Applicants are required to have previous training in any style of dance.
  • All candidates must attend a mandatory program admission session where you will audition by:
    • performing taught steps in ballet, jazz and hip-hop
    • may be required to perform a solo routine in any style of dance
  • During your audition you will be assessed and evaluated on the following criteria:
    • basic dance knowledge and technique
    • strength and flexibility
    • ability to learn and perform taught choreography
  • Please bring a resume to submit and discuss. The resume should include the following information:
    • dance training
    • dance experience
    • dance awards and certificates (if any)
    • dance examination results (if any)
  • If candidates are unable to attend the program admission session in-person, a video or showreel and resume can be submitted for review and evaluation.
  • Instructions for video submission:
    • Please start with a small introduction about yourself.  Name, age, where you are from, and what styles you are trained in.
    •  Perform the following:
      • Ballet or Contemporary routine 
      • Jazz routine
      • Hip hop routine.
      • Any tricks/jumps/acrobatics/singing

 The routines do not have to be your own choreography and can be between 1-2 minutes each.

Note: After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to prepare for and book your program admission session.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $4,053.50 $1,150.24 $5,203.74
International $15,385.50 $1,659.24 $17,044.74

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