What you will learn
- Professional, entry-level dance technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco
- Artistic dance movement language and repertoire
- Elite-level rehearsal skills and performance readiness
- Coordination and skeletal alignment
- Anatomical efficiency and movement quality
- Physical virtuosity, balance, and control
- Classical line
- Pointe work (women)
- Muscular and cardiovascular strength
- Spinal articulation
- Coordination and isolations
- Pas de deux and ensemble work
- Floor work and jump sequences
- Time-keeping and rhythmical sense
- Theatricality and musicality
- Structured and contact improvisation
- Use of props, set pieces, voice, and text
- Western European, African, Latin American, and Indian rhythm traditions
- Anatomy, injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
- Emotional health and self-awareness
- Nutrition and body conditioning
- Thematic exploration
- Journaling and composition
- Information literacy and research skills
- Critical thinking and creative input
- Peer evaluation
- Dance industry knowledge
- Mentorship and professional dance goal-setting
- Arts administration and entrepreneurship
- Ballet and modern dance teaching
- History of twentieth century Western visual and performing arts
What to expect
- Studio classes
- Lectures and presentations
- Group work
- Guest choreographers
- Arts management sessions
- Performance technology workshops
- Instructional media
- Skills demonstrations
- Practical and theoretical assignments
- Written examinations
Admission to the Dance Diploma is a competitive selection process. Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
- English 10 or equivalent, or English Language proficiency at a grade 10 level.
- Be 18 years of age. In special circumstances, a department head may allow an applicant that is 17 years of age to be admitted to the program provided that the applicant has graduated from Grade 12.
- Pass an audition performed in front of the Admissions Committee chaired by the Artistic Director, Dance at Arts Umbrella.
- Complete a successful interview with the Artistic Director, Dance at Arts Umbrella.
All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the Dance Diploma program must be submitted with the application.
VCC and Arts Umbrella will hold a selected number of seats in the Dance Diploma program for graduating Arts Umbrella students of the preparatory program who will have the opportunity to qualify to directly access the Dance Diploma program.
Deadline for application April 15. All applications must be complete online. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of May. Audition results will be available before the end of May.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
The typical student in the Diploma in Dance will aspire to a career in professional dance in ballet and/or modern dance. Ideal students will seek to develop an advanced level of technical and choreographic skill leading to more advanced professional training. Other students will wish to develop a comprehensive knowledge base in ballet and/or modern dance and arts management skills with an intent to launch private studios or join established training organizations.
|Pointe Work 1 (Women)
or Men's Work 1
|DNCE?1104||Jazz Technique 1||1|
|DNCE?1105||Modern Dance 1||1|
|DNCE?1107||Classical Variations 1||1|
|DNCE?1109||Health for Dancers||1|
|DNCE?1110||Intro to Improvisation 1||1|
|DNCE?1111||Rhythm Studies 1||2|
|Pointe Work 2 (Women)
or Men's Work 2
|DNCE?1204||Jazz Technique 2||1|
|DNCE?1205||Modern Dance 2||1|
|DNCE?1207||Classical Variations 2||1|
|DNCE?1210||Intro to Improvisation 2||1|
|DNCE?1211||Rhythm Studies 2||2|
|Pointe Work 3 (Women)
or Men's Work 3
|DNCE?2104||Jazz Technique 3||1|
|DNCE?2105||Modern Dance 3||1|
|DNCE?2111||Rhythm Studies 3||2|
|DNCE?2112||Pas de Deux 1||1|
|DNCE?2113||Dance Composition 1||1|
|DNCE?2114||Careers in Dance 1||1|
|Pointe Work 4 (Women)
or Men's Work 4
|DNCE?2204||Jazz Technique 4||1|
|DNCE?2205||Modern Dance 4||1|
|DNCE?2211||Rhythm Studies 4||2|
|DNCE?2212||Pas de Deux 2||1|
|DNCE?2213||Dance Composition 2||1|
|DNCE?2214||Careers in Dance 2||1|
|DNCE?2215||The Arts in Context||2|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
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|Materials||994||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
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