The York U Dance Difference
The faculty members in York’s Department of Dance are committed to student-centered, experiential learning. Our courses are designed with the diversity of our student population in mind, and students’ multiple ways of learning. We put knowledge into action, providing students with studio, lecture, and seminar experiences that will facilitate deep embodied and intellectual learning. Our mission is to inspire, develop and enhance creative and critical thinking.
Our curriculum is focused on preparing students for a range of dance-related professions and the step-by-step building of the transferable skills they will need to succeed. In addition to studio dance technique which we view as the basis of all our undergraduate degrees, we also train our students in critical thinking and writing. Such skills will provide a strong foundation for whatever career graduates may choose. Above all else, we aim to inspire leadership skills in our students, so they go out into the world prepared to be active innovators in the global field of dance.
The York U Dance Student Experience: Student Life
By Niko Markakis & Denise Solleza, 2012/13 Co-Presidents
Dance Students’ Association
The Department of Dance is relatively small, so you get to know everyone––classmates and instructors alike––very quickly. It is the ideal environment for the development of an artist/educator/scholar because York U Dance provides both mental and physical engagement with the art form that is your passion. The classes encourage exploration of your creative and intellectual boundaries, and are taught by professors who are also esteemed scholars and artists in the national and international dance communities. The programs also provide many and varied opportunities to perform in works by guest choreographers, faculty and students, be involved with the community, and network. Workshops and seminars with sought-after artists/scholars are regularly offered through the Department and its affiliation with Winters College and the Creative Arts Student Association (CASA). As well, the Dance Students’ Association (DSA) strives to enhance student experience by animating events and initiatives such as classes, workshops and social events during Co-curricular and Reading Weeks.