Worldwide, dance is a powerful form of cultural and personal expression and connection.
Designed to inspire, develop and enhance creative and critical thinking, the curriculum in AMPD’s Department of Dance fosters deeply embodied and intellectual learning. Canada’s largest and most comprehensive dance program educates innovative, thoughtful and articulate dance professionals prepared to be engaged leaders in diverse communities.
Dance students take a common foundation year and then branch into one of two streams according to their individual strengths, interests and goals. Upper-year students may audition to join the department’s resident repertory company, the York Dance Ensemble. They also have the opportunity to gain hands-on training in lighting design for dance, and to extend their professional experience through field placements, collaborative research and guest teaching.
CHOREOGRAPHY/PERFORMANCE (BFA Honours)
This stream centres on studio work in contemporary/modern dance, with options in urban, contemporary/ballet and world dance forms. Students acquire specialized knowledge and skills in movement observation, production and performance, informed by an understanding of choreographic elements and principles, somatics and embodied storytelling. They learn to create and present original works in a variety of performance spaces incorporating professional production values and contemporary media technologies.
DANCE EDUCATION (BFA Honours)
Students in this stream explore practical and theoretical aspects of teaching dance in a variety of communities and settings, including innovative approaches and experience working with children, youth, adults in all stages of life, marginalized individuals, and people with disabilities. Graduates are prepared to enter the field as educators in recreational, community-based and private settings.
Concurrent Degree Studies in Education
Dance students may apply for concurrent degree studies with the Faculty of Education.
An Honours Minor in Dance is available to students majoring in other programs in AMPD and across York.
National Ballet School Teacher Training Joint Diploma/Degree Program
York Dance Education students may combine their studies with the NBS Teacher Training Program and complete both the Honours BFA and NBS Diploma in five years.
School of Toronto Dance Theatre Joint Certificate/Degree Program
Graduates of TDT’s Professional Training Program may apply to enter the Choreography/Performance stream at York with advanced standing and complete the Honours BFA in two years.