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In rehearsal and in performance, dancers are immersed in the act of creation, re-creation, and interpretation. They experience different choreographic processes, learn valuable performance skills, and are prepared to become the most versatile of instruments as professional dancers.

Students have opportunities to perform special commissions or remounts of work by acclaimed Canadian choreographers; works by Christopher House from the repertory of Toronto Dance Theatre; works by talented emerging contemporary creators; and classic dances by significant international choreographers.

More and more I find that I can feel communication happening onstage; the reason I’m dancing is for you. My experience performing at the School is pushing me to continue dancing after each show. – Natalia Lisina, graduate, from Kazan, Russia

Mainstage performances

Winter and spring programs involve the entire student body in new creations and remounts of master work.

Third year dancers perform a distinctive additional program of solos, duets, and small ensemble repertory by renowned choreographers in the spring of their final year.

The numerous sessions with practising professional choreographers and company directors ensure that students have direct experience of a professional rehearsal context. These sessions also ensure that professional dance artists see students at work, which is often a more effective way for students to secure employment than attending open auditions. – Christopher Bannerman, Canadian Heritage Assessor

Choreographic Workshop

Third year students present their own choreographic work as a culmination of the Creative Process course, designed to guide them through the choreographic process, from conception through creation and rehearsal, and finally to performance. Production management for this Choreographic Workshop is provided by second year students.

I value the opportunity to perform a lot – in the repertory shows, and also in the student-run Coffee House shows, and the Choreographic Workshops. All of these opportunities are very much appreciated, and have helped me a lot. – Miguel Perreault, graduate, from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec

Coffee House

More informal student-run Coffee House performances regularly present original student choreography.

When we create our own work for the student-run Coffee House, it’s wonderful to know that you’re in a safe place, and you won’t be judged too much. – Juana María Galindo Torres, graduate, from Bogotá, Colombia

All of the above performances take place in our home theatre, the Winchester Street Theatre.

Canada Dance Festival

Recent graduating classes have appeared at the Canada Dance Festival, performing with students from a nationwide consortium of contemporary professional training programs. A nationally renowned choreographer works separately with each school, assembling the final piece in Ottawa.

Tedd Robinson and Ginette Laurin have created past work for the consortium and, in 2012, graduating dancers performed repertory by Jean-Pierre Perreault. In 2014, Tedd Robinson once again created a stunning new work which was performed on the National Arts Centre Theatre stage. The choreographer for the 2016 graduating class was Robert Desrosiers. In 2018, the choreographer Harold Rhéaume will create a new work for our graduates.

Special additional performances

Various special projects have involved students in professional performances of work by Rachel Browne, Paul-André Fortier, Danny Grossman, Bill James, Kaeja d’Dance, Ginette Laurin, Julia Sasso, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Gerry Trentham, and Apolonia Velasquez.

Additionally, our students have recently participated in performances of the Older and Reckless series in Toronto, featuring remounts of classic works by senior choreographers. Third year students may participate in additional performances during an exchange program with l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

It’s really exciting to remember all the pieces we’ve danced together; we’ve created completely different worlds in different pieces. Everyone has grown so much; we came in not knowing very much, and we are about to leave knowing quite a lot. – Marco Placencio, graduate, from Sao Paulo, Brazil