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Dance Performance Prep Cert GBC

Dance Performance Prep Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

If you are passionate about dancing and wish to pursue a career in professional dance, consider enrolling in this one-year Dance Performance Preparation certificate program of George Brown College.

You can expect the following when you enroll in this foundational program:

  • High-standard technical training in classical ballet supplemented by components of modern and jazz dance to provide you with the knowledge and ability to pursue advanced dance training.
  • Vocal and acting training to round out your performance versatility and;
  • Academic and essential employability components to build your career management acumen.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Dance Performance Preparation  Certificate Program is offered at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College.  This program is based on a focused approach to technical training in classical ballet supplemented by modern and jazz studies, rehearsal and performance.

Showcase rehearsal hours are between 2 and 10 hours of rehearsal per week until the Showcase performance. Production week at the theatre may also require additional hours.


With skills and discipline in dance, voice and acting, you may pursue a career in professional dance.

Opportunities for further studies for graduates of the Dance Performance Preparation certificate program of George Brown College.

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue further professional training at George Brown Dance or gain entrance to other respected programs around the country and abroad.  Courses you may audition for at George Brown College include Dance Performance (P105) and Commercial Dance (P106).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform classical ballet technique at a basic level;
  2. Perform modern dance technique at a basic level;
  3. Perform jazz dance technique at a basic level;
  4. Perform vocally at a basic level;
  5. Perform dramatic skill at a basic level;
  6. Present self professionally through resumes, bios, and photographs;
  7. Identify appropriate next steps in dance performance and academic training with respect to potential career/education pathway.

Course Outline


  • GSCI1177:  Wellness and Lifestyle
  • DANC1016:  Classical Ballet – Basic I
  • DANC1017:  Pointe – Basic I
  • DANC1020:  Vocal for Dance I
  • DANC1021:  Acting for Dance I
  • DANC1022:  Music Theory
  • DANC1031:  Jazz – Basic I
  • DANC1032:  Modern - Basic I
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • DANC1018:  Classical Ballet – Basic II
  • DANC1019:  Pointe – Basic II
  • DANC1023:  Acting for Dance II
  • DANC1024:  Vocal for Dance II
  • DANC1033:  Jazz – Basic II
  • DANC1034:  Modern – Basic II
  • DANC1077:  Repertoire I
  • DANC1080:  Showcase Rehearsal (Field Education)
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : P101

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Certificate

Fees :

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

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 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 the School of Media and Performing Arts of George Brown College  department/school 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 acquired dance training at the elementary classical ballet level (1 to 3 years) with a minimum of 5 years training in Jazz or Modern Dance:
    • You must pass an audition in ballet and jazz;
    • You must pass an interview;
  • You must have the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a passing grade in 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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