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Commercial Dance Cert GBC

Commercial Dance Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

This 12-month Commercial Dance certificate program will ready you for a career in commercial dance so you would have the performance skills and marketability necessary to work in the vast field of commercial dance.

You may expect the following from this program:

  • Dance training in jazz, hip hop and ballet:
  • In-depth acting classes and exercises;
  • Vocals and chorus repertoir;
  • Career management and personal marketing skills;
  • Thorough grounding in polished performance techniques.

At the end of this program, you will be able to launch your professional commercial dance career.  This ability to dance, sing and act, will enable a performance career in music videos, musical theatre, cruise ship performance and more.

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Course Delivery

This Digital Design-Game Design Postgraduate Certificate program is offered at St. James Campus of George Brown College. 

In addition to lectures and exercises taught by faculty with industry experience and mentored by local game industry leaders, you will develop games for commercial, educational and serious purposes.

You will be creating a project in the third semester.  Once this portfolio is approved, you will be deemed eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in semester 3.


Some of the many places where you could begin your career in commercial dance include:

  • The commercial dance industry: performing on cruise lines, at resorts and casinos, as well as touring with children’s productions;
  • The project-based dance industry: applying for funding for your own projects, choreographing, founding companies, joining/forming groups and producing shows, performing at festivals, cabarets, theatres and resorts;
  • Traditional festivals: apprenticing, performing and touring with established festivals;
  • 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 your own studio.
  • The dance fitness and workshop industry: teaching and developing the expanding market of dance fitness and specialized workshops;
  • The sports and dance teams industry: cheerleading, and forming and joining dance teams;
  • Film and television: appearing in productions and music videos, and developing dance on film projects.

Further study options for graduates of the Commercial Dance Certificate program of George Brown College.

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Execute jazz dance technique at a professional level;
  2. Execute hip hop technique at a professional level;
  3. Execute chorus repertoire technique at a professional level;
  4. Integrate vocal performance with dance skills at a professional level;
  5. Integrate dramatic performance with dance skills at a professional level;
  6. Present yourself professionally through resumes, bios, and photographs;
  7. Integrate the vocal, dramatic, dance, and employability skills required for a commercial dance career.

Course Outline


  • DANC1057:  Jazz Dance I
  • DANC1058:  Hip Hop I
  • DANC1059:  Chorus Repertoire I
  • DANC1060:  Acting for Dance I
  • DANC1061:  Vocal for Dance I
  • DANC1062:  Ballet I
  • COMM1007:  College English
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • DANC1064:  Jazz Dance II
  • DANC1065:  Hip Hop II
  • DANC1066:  Chorus Repertoire II
  • DANC1067:  Acting for Dance II
  • DANC1068:  Vocal for Dance II
  • DANC1069:  Ballet II
  • DANC1070:  Introduction to Commercial Dance Careers
  • DANC1022:  Music Theory


  • DANC1071:  Performance Preparation (Field Education)
  • DANC1072:  Acting for Dance III
  • DANC1073:  Vocal for Dance III
  • DANC1074:  Chorus Repertoire III
  • DANC1075:  Ballet III
  • DANC1076:  Production
  • DANC2012:  Jazz Dance III

Course Info

Course Code : P106

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

Duration : One year (3 semesters)

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  20,280 for 3 semesters
  • There will be a $60 audition fee (payable in cash or money order only) when you arrive on the day of your audition
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only ONE intake every year and this is in SEPTEMBER.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by School of Media and Performing Arts of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have previously acquired dance training at the intermediate jazz level.  Training in additional dance forms is an asset:
    • You must pass an audition in jazz;
    • You must pass an interview.
  • You must have the equivalent of an Ontario School Diploma with a passing grade for Grade 12 English.  Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions. 
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency.  You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic:  54 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band.

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