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The Creative School

Program Format

Full Time: Four Years

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Prepare for a professional career as a performer, choreographer or teacher at Canada’s premier post-secondary dance program.

The 4-year BFA Dance Program in the School of Performance is the most intensive and comprehensive program of its kind in Canada and has earned widespread respect throughout the Canadian and international dance communities. This conservatory style environment offers rigorous daily professional training in four core dance disciplines (ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz) alongside direct collaboration with highly acclaimed visiting guest artists and major arts organizations. This core training is combined with classes in improvisation, composition, partnering, street dance styles, music, acting, film and extensive creative work. Beginning in second year, dancers participate in a series of fully produced performances, working closely with guest choreographers and students in the Performance Production+Design program. 

Integrated into the students’ education is a broad selection of specially designed academic studies including history of theatre and dance, anatomy, global stage and many more. The programme prepares graduates for careers as performers, choreographers, teachers and educators. All courses support the mandate, which is to ensure that graduates are highly skilled, uniquely versatile, entrepreneurial and articulate artists who can actively contribute to the art form and advocate for themselves and for the arts as a whole.


Admission Information

What We Offer

 Daily Professional Training

Build new skills in our conservatory style training environment

Specially Designed Academic Courses

Integrated classes in history of theatre and dance, anatomy, production, global theatre, and entrepreneurship

Variety of Disciplines

Train in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz

Related Studies

Expand your education with courses in improvisation, composition, partnering, music, acting, film, and extensive creative work

 Performance Opportunities

Studio and public performances of original works

Professional Connections

Work with internationally acclaimed guest artists and professional dance companies

Core Curriculum

For more information on additional required courses please see Ryerson's Course Calendar

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Music I: Introduction The Moving Image in Performance I Creative Performance Studies V Creative Performance Studies VII
Music I: Advanced Introduction Music II: Introduction to Singing Creative Performance Studies VI Independent Study Seminars
Creative Performance Studies I Music II: Intermediate Singing Conceiving the Production Advanced Performance Tech I: Dance
Creative Performance Studies II Creative Performance Studies III Performance Tech I: Dance Advanced Performance Tech II: Dance
Anatomy of Movement and Lifestyle I Creative Performance Studies IV Performance Tech II: Dance  
Elements of Production I Intermediary Tech I: Dance    
Timelines of Performance History I Intermediary Tech II: Dance    
Timelines of Performance History II Landmarks of Choreographic Development    
Fundamentals of Tech I: Dance      
Fundamentals of Tech II: Dance