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Graduate Programs in Dance and Dance Studies

Graduate Study in Dance

York’s graduate programs inspire research and creation in dance grounded in diverse artistic, intellectual and social contexts. Founded in the 1970s, York’s undergraduate and graduate programs were the first in Canada to award dance degrees. Faculty members lead in the field—informed by the past, active in the present and moving toward the future. They value the cultural backgrounds, professional experience and age range of York’s graduate students in dance. Students investigate experiences and theories through studio practice, seminars, field trips, research, productions and academic conferences.

York alumni can be found across Canada and around the world in professions within and beyond dance. They contribute as teachers, choreographers, artistic directors, arts administrators, archivists, librarians, curators, film producers, writers, critics and editors.

Dance and the City of Toronto

Connected to campus by a short subway ride, Toronto is Canada’s dance capital and a multicultural city of several million people. It offers performances by the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Dance Theatre and many other contemporary and traditional companies as well as a vibrant community of independent dance artists. Festivals featuring dance occur year-round at Harbourfront, the Distillery District and numerous cultural and community centres.

Music performances abound throughout the city, and the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier and several jazz and new music festivals make Toronto their base. Touring and local theatre ranges from full-scale production to experimental work in smaller venues. Every September the Toronto International Film Festival screens hundreds of new films from around the world.

Dance Collection Danse, the Performing Arts section of the Metro Toronto Reference Library, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum are among the many archives, libraries and museums that hold rich resources for dance researchers.