Dance - Performance

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Program Code: 6460

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext.4343

Centennial College's Dance – Performance program, the ultimate stepping stone to becoming a professional dancer, helps 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 focuses on helping you to develop a high standard of performance and technical dance skills 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 take courses that nurture and enrich the mind-body connection and enhance the ability for storytelling. Throughout the two years you spend in the Dance – Performance program, you also learn and develop the skills and tools needed to cope with issues such as self and body image, stress, rejection, nutrition and better understand anatomy and injury prevention.

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

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-101 Ballet 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-102 Jazz 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-103 Contemporary 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-104 Commercial Dance 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-105 Cultural/World Trends/Indigenous Dance 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-106 Choreography-Creative-Innovation 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-107 Healthy Mind & Body Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-201 Ballet 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-202 Jazz 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-203 Contemporary 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-204 Commercial Dance 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-205 Dance History & Theory Story Arts Centre
DANC-206 Choreography & Creative Innovation 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-207 Pas de Deux 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-208 Vocal and Acting Training 1 Story Arts Centre
DANC-209 Audition & Performance Preparation Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
DANC-301 Ballet 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-302 Jazz 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-303 Contemporary 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-304 Commercial Dance 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-305 Cultural/World Trends/Indigenous Dance 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-306 Pas de Deux 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-307 Choreography & Creative Innovation 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-308 Acrobatics Story Arts Centre
DANC-309 Audition & Performance Preparation 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
DANC-401 Ballet 4 Story Arts Centre
DANC-402 Jazz 4 Story Arts Centre
DANC-403 Contemporary 4 Story Arts Centre
DANC-404 Commercial Dance 4 Story Arts Centre
DANC-405 Choreography & Creative Innovation 4 Story Arts Centre
DANC-406 Career Management Story Arts Centre
DANC-407 Audition & Performance Preparation 3 Story Arts Centre
DANC-408 Vocal and Acting Training 2 Story Arts Centre
DANC-409 Field Placement Story Arts Centre
DANC-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

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

Career Outlook

  • Professional dancer
  • Instructor
  • Choreographer
  • Studio owner

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

  • 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 a solo routine in any style of dance
    • performing taught steps in ballet, jazz and hip-hop
  • 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 showreel and resume can be submitted for review and evaluation.

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

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

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.

2. Submit Documents

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

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: 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.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,373.00 $1,013.00 $5,386.00
International $13,283.00 $2,296.00 $15,579.00