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Performance: Dance (BFA)

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

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Is It for You?

Prepare for a professional career as a performer, choreographer or teacher at Canada’s premier post-secondary dance program. This one-of-a-kind, conservatory-style program offers rigorous professional training in four disciplines of dance – ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary. You’ll study in Toronto, home to the third-largest English language theatre district in the world and internationally renowned professional dance companies, and a North American film and television hot spot. With our innovative curriculum, you’ll learn and dance in direct collaboration with visiting guest artists and major arts organizations. Thanks to experienced faculty and plenty of opportunities to participate in studio and public performances, you’ll graduate ready to make your mark in the arts community.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Grade Range
72-75%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
Audition/interview, photograph, resumé, reference forms

 Experiential Learning
Studio and public performances

 Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,814
International Fees Range: $28,638 - $29,611

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG 4U/EAE 4U preferred).
  • The minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Non-Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application. 

 Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2021 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

Submit a recent photograph of yourself.

 Please save the image as a .pdf file and upload it per the submission instructions below.

Prepare a current resumé/curriculum vitae highlighting your dance training. Be sure to include the name(s) and address(es) of your dance school(s) and the name(s) of your dance teacher(s).

 Please save your resume as a .pdf file and upload it per the submission instructions below.

Reference Forms are a requirement for admission consideration:

  • One form, titled “Academic Reference 1” in the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal, may be completed by a current or past academic/personal reference (e.g. guidance counsellor, teacher, professor). This form is optional.
  • The second form, titled “Reference 2” in the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal must be completed by a dance studio/dance instructor who has taught you and/or knows you well. This form is required.

 Submission instructions are found below.

Due to COVID-19, auditions for admission to fall 2021 must be submitted online. The School of Performance prioritizes the health and well-being of everyone auditioning for the Dance program and therefore in-person auditions will not occur.

Faculty will be required to view and assess your performance online. Under normal circumstances, the audition panel prefers that you audition in person, as a digital file is a flat, two-dimensional medium, which may not demonstrate your full potential. With this in mind, we encourage you to present your very best self in your audition material.

Use YouTube or Vimeo to show us your work. Please provide a link to your work in a .pdf file and upload this file (see instructions below). Ensure the link does not expire. Make the link public OR be sure to include the password in your .pdf file. Confirm that your link works! Your application will not be considered if the link you provide does not work.

At the beginning of your video, state your name, where you are from, your age and height. Tell us why you are auditioning for the Ryerson School of Performance Dance Program.

Part I - Ballet

  • Dress Code: Tights, leotard/fitted T-shirt and ballet slippers, hair off your face
  • Required Elements: *Show one side only, unless indicated otherwise
A) Barre Work (15 minutes) B) Centre Work (15-20 minutes) *both sides
  1. plié
  2. battement tendu
  3. battement glissé/dégagé
  4. battement frappé
  5. développé *show both sides
  6. grand battement *show both sides
  1. adage (développés)
  2. pirouettes (en-dehors and en-dedans)
  3. petit allegro (small jump)
  4. grand allegro (big jump)
  5. moving combination that illustrates your dance quality and musicality

If you do not have access to a dance studio or large space, please see the additional instructions/suggestions below:

  • Barre: Please do your best to show a ballet barre as outlined above. This can take place in your kitchen or dining room holding onto a countertop or table, your living room using a chair, or any other space that will allow you to hold onto something, as you would a barre, and move your legs freely
  • Centre Work: If possible, show us a centre adage and a pirouette

 Part II – Modern/Contemporary/Jazz Sequences

  1. Simple phrase showing torso articulation, e.g. side curve, forward curve, spirals, high release/lift
  2. Short floorwork phrase highlighting your flexibility and including rolls and level changes
  3. Short phrase highlighting use of isolations, musicality and movement with rhythmicity

 Part III - Choreographed Solos

Please include two (2), one minute combinations or solos of contrasting styles in jazz, modern/contemporary and/or any other discipline of dance you have studied.

 The panel is looking for the following in your online audition:

  • Alignment and posture
  • Mobility and flexibility
  • Clarity and articulation
  • Coordination and agility
  • Stability, balance, and control
  • Strength and power
  • Projection and presentation
  • Musicality and phrasing
  • Expression
  • Efficiency and freedom of movement
  • Flow/fluidity/transition in movement
  • Use of turnout
  • Use of breath
  • Rhythm
  • Groundedness/earthiness
  • Nuance and sensitivity
  • Use of dynamics

Showcase your technique, the ability to transition and/or flow through movement and space, expression, passion and versatility.

If you do not have access to a dance studio or large space, feel free to send us at least two recent clips/videos (include the date) of yourself either in performance or in rehearsal in any dance form such as contemporary, modern, jazz, street styles, etc. If you do not have a recent video of yourself, find a way to show yourself dancing in your own space. Work with the limitations creatively - you could use the furniture, travel from one space to another, dance with music or in silence but show us your passion, artistry and creative skills. Try to showcase your ability to transition and/or flow through movement.

The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed. 

Payment Options

 Pay using a Canadian bank account - by internet or telephone banking:
  1. Sign up with your bank for online or telephone banking
  2. Add Ryerson as a payee - Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees
  3. Your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number is your account number
  4. Follow the prompts to ‘pay bills’ and choose ‘Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees’ as the Payee
 Pay using Western Union Business Solutions: 

International students who do not have a Canadian bank account can pay through Western Union Business Solutions GlobalPay for Students, external link. This option allows you to pay the Canadian dollar student fees in the currency of your choice. Visit the International Payments section on our Fees Payment web page for instructions.

Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.

Admission decisions are provided via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. The selection committee’s decision on admission is final. Unfortunately re-evaluation/reassessment of the non-academic requirements or individual feedback will not be available. 

Here’s how to access your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal account:

  1. Get your Ryerson Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  2. Activate your Ryerson Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form at www.ryerson.ca/accounts/. When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  3. 24 hours after activating your Ryerson Online Identity, visit the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal

Instructions on how to upload documents, as well as common questions and answers, can be found on our Ready to Submit Your Documents? web page.

Complete the following steps to submit your Reference Forms:

  1. Input your references’ contact information via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Please ensure that all reference information is inputted accurately. If you wish to amend your reference information (e.g. change reference, change email address) please complete and submit the google formUpload Help Form, external link, opens in new window
  2. Have your references complete the Reference Form. Your references will receive an email giving access to the Reference Form and instructions. If a reference has not received the email, please ask your reference to review their “trash” or “junk mail.” To request that the email be sent again, please complete and submit the google formUpload Help Form, external link, opens in new window
  3. Confirm that your references have completed the Reference Form. A Reference Form is complete once its status on the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal indicates “Received.” It is your responsibility to ensure each reference completes their Reference Form by the noted deadline

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you may not be required to submit non-academic requirements. You must inform Undergraduate Admissions of your intentions.

 Contact ServiceHub at 416-979-5036 by and ask to speak with the admissions officer by February 1, 2021, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

After Graduation

Enrich the arts community with the knowledge, training and creativity you have developed. You may perform on stage or in film, television, festivals and concerts; explore roles in dancing, choreography or teaching; or work in trade and industrial shows. You may work as a performer, director, arts administrator or dance teacher. Or, pursue graduate studies in the arts.

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