Ballet Jörgen | Residence at Victoria College
Residence Information Package
We are all very much looking forward to working with you. We plan for our dynamic programs to cover both new and familiar territory with your dancing experience – taking your training to a new level of understanding, interpretation, strength and artistic expression as well as having a lot of fun!
At this time, Victoria College is requiring all residents to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask when outside of their rooms. We will update families should there be any changes to this policy.
Below you will find information that will be useful to you. Please take a moment to look it over.
Ballet Jörgen Chaperones will be with the residents at all times. They will have a room in the same suite as the residents. The chaperones will travel to and from George Brown College with the residents on a daily basis. Most evenings, chaperones will be available to escort residents on trips and/or to stay back at the residence. On weekends the chaperones will take residents for excursions. Residents will be provided with choices for their weekend excursions and will, as a group, decide on their weekend plans. Chaperones will have all the emergency contact information for each resident and in cases where students have cell phones the chaperone will exchange phone numbers with the students. Should you have any special directions for your child’s involvement in extra-curricular activities, please let us know by email. Meals and bedtimes will be monitored to ensure that residents are equipped to get the most out of their time in the program. The chaperones are there to care for the residents and assist them in any means necessary; to make sure the students’ stay at the residence is a safe and enjoyable one!
Signing In and Out
All students will have to sign in and out of a provided binder at the residence if they are going out with family or friends, on an outing such as shopping or the movies. If a family member or friend is coming to pick up a student for a visit or outing we require that notice be given by the parents in advance via a email to our office or by talking to Clea Iveson or the Education Coordinator on the phone:
Travel to and from George Brown College
Chaperones will escort residents to the studios and back. They will leave from Museum Station and travel to Dupont Station (3 stops). There is a short 5-minute walk to studios from Dupont Station. Reverse on the way back. TTC fares apply.
Upon check-in at the residence, you will be assigned a room and receive a key. Rooms will be either suite style or traditional dormitory style – room type is subject to availability. Please note that if a student locks themselves out of their room or suite, then the chaperone will have to accompany them to the main desk to get a temporary key, which must be returned to the main desk. Lost keys will demand that a fine be paid.
Check-in time is anytime after 4:00pm on the day of your arrival and check out time is prior to 11:00am on the day of your departure. A short introductory meeting with the residents, the chaperones and Education Manager (Clea Iveson) will be conducted at 7:30pm – parents are welcome to stay but this can also be a good time for parents to depart; leaving the residents all together with their chaperones. The chaperones will go over rules and guidelines as well as establish in detail the timing and travel plan for the next morning. All rooms will have linens, towels, and hand soap provided. Rooms are cleaned on a weekly basis. Each resident will have their own room unless demand requires us to double-up. Your spot in the residence is secured on a first come first serve basis.
Residence fees may be reimbursed if Canada’s Ballet Jorgen is notified at least fifteen (20) business days prior to your scheduled check-in and will be subject to a $125+HST cancellation fee. Anything less than fifteen (15) business days will need to be reviewed on an individual basis.
Laundry is available on site, A laundry card can be obtained from the Residence Services Front Desk; guests can load money onto the card (minimum of $5). Refunds are not issued on laundry cards. All laundry cards must be returned upon check-out. You will need to bring your own laundry and dryer supplies.
Breakfast: Residents will have access to the dining hall from 7am-9am. Breakfast will be dine-in only.
Lunch: Bagged lunches can be purchased in advance and available for pick-up daily at Victoria College or at George Brown College using cash, credit, or debit. GBC food options can be found here: https://www.georgebrown.ca/current-students/campus-services-stores/where-to-eat-on-campus/
Dinner: Residents will have access to the dining hall from 5pm-7pm and dinner in dine-in only.
VICTORIA COLLEGE RESIDENCE
-RULES AND GUIDELINES 2022-
1. Students are expected to purchase their own TTC fares. The TTC now uses PRESTO for many of their fares. A PRESTO card can be purchased for $6.00 and loaded at the subway station. Students can then just tap into the system when travelling to and from the residence. Tickets are also available; students will require 10 to get you to and from the residence each week. It is suggested that you purchase a monthly pass, which is purchased through PRESTO, depending on the length of your stay. This can all be done with the chaperones on check-in day. You may also pre-purchase and pre-load your PRESTO card online before arriving in Toronto.
2. QUIET TIME begins at 9:30PM – please do not make any excessive noise after this time and please do not disturb your chaperones unless it is an emergency
3. You need to get adequate sleep and eat properly in order to be successful in the program or you risk getting sick or injured.
4. The group will depart residence together by 8:40AM, the group will return to the residence at the end of the day.
5. It is NOT the chaperones responsibility to wake you up in the morning, set your alarm, ask other dancers to wake you
6. Make sure that you are prepared for class and have everything with you that you will need for the day. Don’t forget a water bottle! If you forget something at the residence, it will be difficult for you to go back mid-day to retrieve it
7. If you are sick, you will need to STAY at the residence and you MUST be in contact with your chaperone throughout the day. The chaperone will escort the other students to class and then return to the residence if an ill resident has stayed behind
8. Warm-up begins at 9:10AM – MANDATORY, YOU WILL NEED TO BE DRESSED AND READY
9. If you are leaving the residence for any reason, you MUST sign out in the binder and make sure your chaperone knows. You must ALWAYS go out in groups of 2 or more. After dark, you must be in the company of a chaperone
10. If you are leaving for an extended period of time (afternoon, evening, over-night), please provide the name of the person you are with (over the age of 18), their relationship to you and contact information where you can be reached
*If you are under the age of 18, we require written or verbal permission from your parent or guardian before you will be allowed to leave*
11. The common areas in each suite are exactly that, a common area – so please be respectful of others and clean up after yourself
12. You should talk to your parents, they care about you and want to know what you are doing
13. If you are feeling lonely or homesick, come talk to one of the Ballet Jörgen Staff – we are all here to ensure that your experience in the program is a positive and memorable one
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS IN PUBLIC AREAS, YOUR DOOR LOCKS…PLEASE USE IT.
MAKE SURE YOU DON’T LOCK YOUR KEY IN YOUR ROOM.
The residence is located at Victoria College (University of Toronto). Check in will take place at 140 Charles St. West Toronto, ON M5S 1K9. The Residence is located in Rowell Jackman Hall Toronto, ON M5S 1K5. More information on the residence building can be found here: https://www.vic.utoronto.ca/current-students/residence-life/
How to get to the Residence from Pearson International Airport
192 Airport Rocket: All day Airport service from Kipling Station. The 192 Airport Rocket route provides all-day accessible bus service between Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway and Pearson International Airport.
Service operates from approximately 5:30am to 2:00am, seven days a week. Please visit www.ttc.ca for current schedules and fares.
One-way travel time is approximately 20 to 25 minutes (from airport to Kipling Station, it will be an additional 30 – 40 minutes on the subway to get to the residence. To reach the residence from the airport take the 192 Airport Rocket to Kipling subway station, board any train at Kipling station (they only go eastbound), exit at Bay Station and the residence is a 5-minute walk from the station.
By Union Pearson Express
The Union Pearson Express takes about 25 minutes to reach downtown Toronto with only 2 brief stops along the way. The Union Pearson Express connects directly to Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson and runs every 15 minutes. For more information visit http://www.upexpress.com/
The City of Toronto licenses the taxis that service Toronto Pearson International Airport to ensure safety standards and fare consistency. Rates are predetermined based on the time and distance to your destination within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi.
How to get to the Residence from the Billy Bishop Airport (Island Airport – Porter Air)
Once you have travelled to the main land (tunnel or short ferry), walk north (away from the lake) one block to the Streetcar stop. Board a streetcar travelling east (along the lake), it will say Union Station on the front. Get off at Union station and board a northbound train on the University-Spadina line (heading North along the University Line). Get off at Museum station. It is about a 3 minute walk from the station to the residence.
To send mail to students
No personal mail is to be delivered via the college. Packages will have to come via courier to the loading dock [Purolator, UPS, DHL etc]:
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen
George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus
160 Kendal Ave. Bldg C
Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
Please include our phone number (416) 961-4725
Frequently Asked Questions
CBJ Summer Intensive students will be living in the Victoria College residence (85 Charles Street, Toronto, ON). The residence is located on the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Students will live a two-minute walk from Museum TTC station – three subway stops away from George Brown College, Casa Loma campus. Students will live just minutes away from the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Varsity Arena, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Queen’s Park, Yorkville shopping district and many, many stores and restaurants. Visit www.vicu.utoronto.ca for more details.
The rooms are setup suite style – with single rooms and common living spaces (shared bathroom, living room and full kitchen with stove, fridge, etc.) The suites usually accommodate 4 people – with the exception of the large suite, which accommodates 12 people. All rooms include linens, wifi, television, etc. There are some rooms that are double rooms. We normally reserve those rooms for students who prefer to room together. We will never put students in a double room without notification.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the residence for students registered in Summer II/III. Students registered in Summer IV or Junior Company must provide their own dinner. Bagged lunches are available for an additional fee. There is also a full-service cafeteria at George Brown College, where students can purchase a lunch on their own. Some available options are: Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza, TREATS [Fit-For-Life Menu] and Subway.
In some cases – yes. The following are some of the dietary considerations the university has made in the past: Vegetarians, lactose intolerance, allergies or food intolerances (e.g. gluten-free options), halal food. In the case that your child has a food allergy, please provide us with the medication and instructions on how to properly administer the prescription, in case of emergency. If your child has a dietary restriction, indicate the restriction on their application form and how best to accommodate it.
CBJ provides a chaperone for students, ages 17 and under. Chaperones live in the residence with the summer students. Each chaperone is assigned to supervise 10 students. The students go for breakfast with their chaperones and then depart together to George Brown College via the subway. The chaperones accompany the students all the way to class. There is a lunch supervisor that will accompany the summer students. The chaperones then meet the students at the end of the day of classes to escort them back to the residence for dinner and evening activities.