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School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) – Dance

Location: 301 Accolade East, Tel.: 416-736-5137
Chair: S. Cash
Professors: N. S. Fisher-Stitt, P. Reed Doob, H. Small
Professors Emeriti: M. J. Warner, D. Krasnow
Associate Professors: P. Alcedo, C. Anderson, D. Callison, S. Cash, W. Mackwood, M.E. Manley, D. Robinson, C. Wootten
Assistant Professors Emeriti: K. Bowes-Sewell, A. R. Blewchamp
Assistant Professors: M. Fogarty
Adjunct Professors: D. Grossman, G. Lum, M. Thakkar
Graduate Program Director MFA: C. Anderson
Graduate Program Director MA/PhD: P. Alcedo

Programs of Study

The Department of Dance offers a comprehensive education in dance as a performing art leading to an Honours BFA (120 credits), Honours BA (120 credits) degree or a BA (90 credits). Throughout the program BFA students participate intensively in studio courses involving contemporary modern and ballet technique, conditioning for dancers, improvisation, music, composition/choreography, performance, dance production, pedagogy and somatic education. Special capstone performance opportunities are available through the York Dance Ensemble. In both Honours degree programs critical, analytical and writing skills are fully developed within the curriculum. In the BA Honours program students study urban and world dance forms, dance history, movement analysis, kinesiology, injury prevention, dance writing, dance ethnology and anthropology. In their final year students can undertake a capstone independent project with the goal of aligning their interests with future employment interests. Distinguished faculty, guest lecturers, master teachers, dance artists, films, workshops and the integration of new technologies enrich the program. The emphasis in the Department is to prepare people for careers and graduate work in dance and other fields.

A placement evaluation is required of all entering students. A common first year of study prepares the student to make the choice in their second year of the program that best suits their abilities and interests in Dance. Applicants for our program must have had some training in ballet, modern, urban or world dance forms.

Through the joint five-year National Ballet School/York University diploma degree program students can combine study towards an Honours BFA in Dance with the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Students interested in this joint program will be expected to declare their interest in the first year of study.

Dance majors are eligible to apply for the Concurrent program of the Faculty of Education at the end of the first year of study.

The Honours BA is particularly appropriate for those who wish to undertake a double major combining dance with another field. A dance minor program is available for students who are majoring in another discipline in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. The minor requires the equivalent of 30 credits in dance theory and practice.