Applications open Dec 5 and close Jan 7

For detailed information go to: Dance Canterbury Website

Program Details

The Dance Program focuses on technical development in the disciplines of ballet and modern dance. Along with technique classes, the program seeks to develop the students’ creativity through composition and choreography.

Areas of Study


Daily dance classes are divided between the ballet and modern styles of dance throughout the week. In these classes, students work on proper body placement and alignment; flexibility and strength; barre, floor, and centre exercises; as well as presentation and the mastery of technical foundations. Working to live musical accompaniment, students also develop their musicality in connection with dance. The technique required of students becomes increasingly advanced and complex throughout the course of the program. Students also learn the appropriate dance terminology that grounds their technique.


Students further their choreographic abilities through the study of the basic elements of dance, composition exercises, and the creation of individual and group choreographic works. Beginning with the basic elements of dance (i.e. body, space, time, energy, relationship), students learn to combine these elements in original sequences and to develop rich ideas and themes. Through creation, improvisation and performance, students begin to develop an aesthetic consciousness and the ability to express themselves while effectively projecting their ideas to an audience.


A variety of performance opportunities in school and in the community provide students with experience in front of an audience. Dance students perform in class, school assemblies, other schools, community events and evening public performances. Guest artists are brought into the program to lead workshops and deliver novel choreography to expose students to a variety of ideas and dance genres.

At the senior levels, the program offers students the opportunity to work in the Canterbury Dance "Company". Company is designed to allow students to explore choreography in greater depth and offer multiple opportunities to perform for public audiences, building on their technical abilities and sense of presentation. Being a part of Company teaches students how to create a professional dance production, including stage and lighting design, marketing, and backstage organization.


Dance students study ballet and modern history, including the evolution of these dance forms and the terminology associated with them. Students attend professional dance performances where they are exposed to a variety of dance styles and develop the capacity to critically respond to their experiences.

Other important topics covered in the dance curriculum include safety in dance, physical well-being, transferring skills beyond the studio, community outreach and leading a balanced lifestyle.

Audition Information

Applicants to the Dance Program will first attend a large group dance class. This will be followed by a small group dance class + interview on a different day. It is necessary that candidates are available for and attend all three steps of the audition. They are not expected to prepare a dance routine.

At the end of the large dance audition, candidates and their parents will be notified by the audition panel of the time for their small dance audition + interview. In most cases, this will occur within two days (excluding Saturdays and Sundays).

Photo Requirement

Please note: Students are required to submit a photo of themselves in the dance clothes mentioned below (hair done) standing in 1st position with their arms in bras-bas. The photo should be no smaller than 4X6 inches. Please include this as part of the 'Forms' package you will submit before January 7th, 2020 (see the forms tab at the top for more information).

Large Group Dance Class (1 ½ hrs)

Applicants will be led by a teacher through a series of barre, centre and stretching exercises while the audition panel assesses them for ability and potential in dance. In particular, the students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

- Kinaesthetic awareness

- Physical coordination

- Potential

- Facial and physical expression

- Flexibility

- Musicality

- Creativity

- Self-discipline

Attendance at the first audition class will help to familiarize students with the exercises which will be used in the second audition class. The audition panel will divide students into smaller groups for the second part of the audition.

Candidates should report to Studio A for both audition classes at least 20 minutes before the time indicated and check in with one of the dance teachers.

Small Group Dance Class + Interview (2 hrs)

Candidates and their parents will be notified by the audition panel of the time for their small audition class and interview. In the small audition class, dancers will be led through movements which build on the previous large audition class. They will be tested for skill level, flexibility, physical alignment, and potential.

The candidates will also be asked to improvise a short group movement sequence to provided music. During the improvisation, the panel will be looking for:

- ability to be directed by the music

- changes in performance quality according to the musical dynamics

- use of physical movements

- openness to free movement

Following the performance portion of the audition, individual students will be interviewed privately by the panel. The interview will last approximately 10 minutes.


Students auditioning for the Dance Program are asked to wear appropriate clothing:

- Pink tights and black/dark bodysuit for females

- Black tights and tank top for males (t-shirt and shorts also satisfactory)

- Ballet slippers (if unavailable, socks are acceptable)

- No jewelry, nor watches or Fitbits

- Long hair tied neatly back in a bun and off the face