Pre-Professional: July 2021

Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and the advice from public health officials, we have yet to determine the exact dates of our July 2021 Summer Intensives.

Please continue to monitor this page for more updates.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


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Pre-Professional Modern/Contemporary Program

Our pre-professional intensive is for aspiring professional dancers looking to develop their strength and artistry. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre offers strong technical training provided by an outstanding, creative faculty with a rich overview of perspectives. Dancers will train in a number of diverse styles – from contemporary and ballet to formative modern techniques like Graham and Horton. Gifted musicians accompany each class. The schedule is built to advance the technical, artistic, and performance skills of young dancers.

Dancers will rehearse daily in repertory with professional choreographers, leading up to a performance on stage at the Winchester Street Theatre. Join us for two weeks of challenging, energetic, and fun classes where you can meet others who share your passion for dance!

I learned more at the School’s two week intensive than in a whole year at my home studios. The faculty is incredibly dedicated to shaping you as a dancer whether they’ve known you for an hour or a just a week. That is what sets this intensive apart from others; the teachers are particularly invested in the growth of each individual. This creates a really special and engaging experience that I’d recommend for any dancer hungry to improve! – Chelsea Mulholland, Pre-professional Summer Program student 2016, current PTP student

Class Descriptions

Contemporary Technique
Classes in contemporary technique are physically demanding and artistically stimulating. Sound anatomical practices encourage strength, stamina, flexibility, versatility, musicality, dynamics, and phrasing. Emphasis is on strong technique as a base from which to build expansive movement qualities and confident performance.

Graham Technique
Graham technique is derived from the work of American modern dance pioneer, Martha Graham. These classes provide dancers with an understanding and experience of the basic movement principles of contraction/release and spiral, beginning in the body’s centre and radiating into its extremities. One of the most dramatic of modern dance techniques, the Graham movement vocabulary has tremendous power and expressive potential.

Ballet classes consist of classical ballet work particularly designed for contemporary dancers, emphasizing principles of functional anatomy and movement flow in combination with musicality, physicality, strength, and aesthetic expression. Students will improve skills in areas such as fast footwork, quick changes of direction, speed, agility, port de bras, and elevation. The individual attention and positive, focused atmosphere in the classes enable dancers to make substantial advances in their technical work.

Horton Technique and Repertory
Horton technique, based on the work of Lester Horton, is a rigorous, powerful and demanding discipline. It utilizes lateral torso movements and a dynamic attack, building increasingly difficult movement sequences.

In repertory, dancers learn valuable performance skills, and are prepared to become the most versatile of instruments as professional dancers. Repertory is an exciting, challenging, and tangible way for dancers to prepare for the profession. In this highly dynamic and physically demanding class, dancers will expand their performance potential, their interpretive skills, and their power of expression.

Dancers will rehearse daily in repertory with professional choreographers, leading up to a performance on stage at the Winchester Street Theatre.


In order to provide dancers with the most effective and focused training, there are two levels in our pre-professional program. Placement classes on the first day help us ensure that everyone has been pre-placed in the correct level. Providing a clear, accurate, and informative dance resume at registration will assist faculty in placing you in the appropriate class.


The weekly curriculum includes a daily ballet or contemporary class, and a daily modern class of either Horton or Graham technique. Each day, dancers will also work with professional choreographers learning set repertory or participating in a new creation. A variety of special workshops will supplement the regular training.

This is a full-time, two-week program. Full schedule details will be posted in July. Classes run Monday to Friday, approximately 9am to 6pm. Evenings and weekends are yours to explore Toronto!

Audition Preparation

Are you interested in auditioning for our Professional Training Program? The PTP is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary training programs for contemporary dance artists. This summer intensive is an excellent opportunity to help you prepare for your audition. It’s also a great chance to meet us before you make your big decision – train in our building and studios, work with members of the audition panel, and get a feel for life here at the School!


Andrea Roberts
Admissions & Records Manager
[email protected]