Designed to inspire, develop and enhance creative and critical thinking, AMPD’s Department of Dance curriculum balances physical and intellectual learning. Students in Canada’s largest and most comprehensive dance program graduate as innovative, thoughtful and articulate dance professionals who are ready to be engaged leaders in diverse communities.

DANCE (BFA Honours)

Dance students take a common foundation year and then branch into one of two streams according to their strengths, interests and goals. Upper-year students may audition to join AMPD’s resident repertory company, the York Dance Ensemble. They can also gain hands-on training in lighting design, video and interactive technology for dance. Students can extend their professional experience through field placements, collaborative research and guest teaching.

Choreography / Performance Stream – This stream centers on studio work in contemporary/modern dance, with options in urban, contemporary/ballet and world dance forms. Students acquire specialized knowledge and skills in analyzing movement, production and performance, informed by an understanding of choreographic elements and principles, somatics and embodied storytelling. They learn to create and present original works in a variety of performance spaces incorporating professional production values and contemporary media technologies.

Dance Education Stream – Students explore practical and theoretical aspects of teaching dance in a variety of communities and settings. They develop innovative approaches to teaching different populations and get direct experience working with children, youth and adults in all stages of life, marginalized individuals, and/or people with disabilities. Graduates are prepared to enter the field as educators in recreational, community-based and private settings.


Admission to the Dance (BFA Honours) program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Dance. Therefore, the application to the Dance program is a two-step process.

Applications to this program are accepted for Fall (September), Winter (January) and Summer (May) entry.

You may apply to more than one AMPD program; however you must apply separately to each one.

Step 1: Apply to York University

You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Academic Requirements

Application Deadlines

Current York University students interested in transferring to the program should contact the Department of Dance directly at to apply.

Step 2: Complete the Audition Questionnaire

In addition to applying for admission to York through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application, applicants to the Dance program must complete an Audition Questionnaire.

Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the audition questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.

Dance Audition Questionnaire

The questionnaire and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Dance program.

A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire. You will then be able to proceed with the audition.

Your audition involves learning and performing movement sequences that use elements from contemporary/modern, contemporary ballet and a world dance form, in a typical dance class setting with live musical accompaniment. There is also a guided group improvisation. Your formal audition will comprise performances in contemporary ballet (30 min.), contemporary modern (30 min.), a guided improvisation, and a contemporary world dance form (30 min.). Dance faculty members will evaluate your audition performance as well as your written component.

We encourage you to submit your Audition Questionnaire as early as possible to be considered for an early offer of admission.

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