George Brown Dance students train at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College in Toronto’s midtown neighbourhoods of Casa Loma and the Annex. George Brown College has been the home of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen since 1989. In 1992, CBJ and George Brown College entered into a formal partnership to jointly develop George Brown Dance. Today, George Brown Dance is one of the largest post-secondary dance institutions in Canada.
George Brown Dance offers exceptional professional dance instruction in state-of-the-art facilities. Dance studios are outfitted with top-level standard harlequin marley floors for ultimate safety in dance training. Our ballet and modern dance classes have live music accompaniment.
Our highly-connected faculty provides daily links to the professional dance world and creates a stimulating and inspiring environment for students. The unique leadership of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen helps students graduate with the skills, confidence, and connections necessary for employment in a wide range of dance performance settings.
Studying dance at George Brown College means training in the heart of one of Canada’s top cultural centres. With hundreds of theatre, dance, and production companies, Toronto offers extraordinary opportunities to aspiring performers. You will become part of the city’s vibrant dance community as you perform in public shows and work with leading dance professionals.
George Brown is committed to providing a safe environment for students through services such as 24-hour security, safe walk programs, and highly responsive protocols for emergency and safety procedures. For more information on safety services, click here.
George Brown Dance students perform every year on professional stages in Toronto, including the Betty Oliphant Theatre, Fleck Dance Theatre, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. Students also have the opportunity to perform in studio shows featuring student creations and CBJ company repertoire.
Public performance opportunities are built into each George Brown Dance program. Performances include:
UNLEASHED and NEXTSTAGE: Students perform works created on them by specially invited distinguished artists and faculty choreographers.
EMERGENCE: This show features works that students create on each other as mentored by award-winning faculty member and choreographer, Hanna Kiel.
BITS (Ballet in the Studio): One-hour performances of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s most current and exciting repertoire.
Students seeking additional performance opportunities can audition for the George Brown Dance Ensemble!
Students can audition for the George Brown Dance Ensemble in September of each year. Ensemble provides opportunities for students seeking extra performance experience, such as at high schools, community festivals and George Brown Dance’s show, Unleashed. The year’s repertoire is comprised of works from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and commissions from up-and-coming Toronto area choreographers. Members of the ensemble are required to attend extra evening rehearsals during the school year.
The George Brown Dance Ensemble performs the annual IN HÄUS show.
Students and faculty build a strong community that offers continuous support and encouragement at school and beyond. We believe that strong, polished professional dance technique sets you free to express yourself as a dance artist. At George Brown Dance, expect to be challenged and empowered to fulfill your dance potential.
At George Brown Dance, we value:
• Clean dance technique with proper alignment executed with control, detail and professional poise
• Disciplined training as the building block for life-long technical, artistic and personal growth
• Dancers of all forms who commit to shared values and bring artistic integrity to the whole
• Personal commitment, individual expression and dramatic integrity
• Learning together and from each other – We are home to many different forms of dance.