As a guide, the academic grade average required for admission to the Department of Dance in recent years has been in the high 70s/low 80s for high school students and mid 70s for university/college students.

What we’re looking for     

Admission to the Dance program is based on your academic performance, as well as a supplementary evaluation, which includes a questionnaire and an audition. Previous training in contemporary/modern and/or ballet is highly recommended for the audition.

NOTE: Please do not send letters of reference. They are not a consideration for acceptance.

STEP 1: Apply to York University

Submit your application to the York University: The School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design - Dance program on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) website.  If you are not a current high school student, you may also be eligible to apply directly through the York University Office of Admissions. Current York students interested in transfering to the program should contact the department directly to apply.

For more information about Step 1, please contact:

Lindsey Ostrosser, Marketing and Recruitment Officer, | 416-650-8176


STEP 2: Submit the Online Supplementary Evaluation Questionnaire

The supplementary evaluation for our Dance program includes an online questionnaire (step 2) that helps us learn about your academic and artistic background as well as specific interests and goals as they relate to our Dance programs, followed by an in-person on-campus audition (step 3).

We strongly encourage you to attend an in-person evaluation on campus as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience. However, if you live more than 400km away from York University, or have other extenuating circumstances that preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange a distance evaluation by contacting BEFORE completing step 2. Please include your full name, York Reference Number and an explanation of your circumstances in the email.

Once you have completed Step 1 and have received your York Reference Number from the Office of Admissions, we'll email you with instructions about your supplementary evaluation. The supplementary evaluation system will go live on December 1, 2014.

Supplementary evaluation fee: $60 (payable by Visa, Master Card or American Express)

For more information about Step 2, please contact:

Luisa Malisani, Administrative Assistant, Department of Dance | 416-736-2100 ext. 22126



STEP 3: Auditioning

The audition involves the learning and performance of movement sequences that use elements from contemporary/modern, contemporary ballet and a World Dance form, in a typical dance class setting with live musical accompaniment. There is also a guided group improvisation.

Dance faculty members evaluate audition performances as well as the written components from the supplementary evaluation.

Auditions begin in January and run through to April. Consider auditioning early (January / February) for a potential early offer of admission.

NOTE: If distance or extenuating circumstances preclude an on-campus audition, please contact to arrange a distance evaluation. 

Where to go

Auditions are held in the dance studios in the Accolade East Building (ACE) at York University's Keele campus. Check in at the Department of Dance, Suite 301 Accolade East Building .

Parking is available in the parking garage at the Bennett Centre for Student Services on Keele campus. Once you have checked into the Department of Dance office for your audition you will be given a Parking Permit that will allow you to exit the lot without paying (single-use only).

What to bring

Be prepared for a full day––bring a bag lunch, a water bottle, and a change of clothes. Also, bring a pen or pencil.

What to wear

Footless tights, leotard, ballet slippers (no pointe shoes, no bulky clothing). Please wear your dance clothes under your street clothes so that you can change quickly for the audition. There is a change room with showers available once the audition is over.


9:15 - Check in

9:45 - 10:15 Welcome and information session with family/friends*

10:30 -11:00 Warm up in Contemporary World Dance form

11:00 -11:15 Observe a portion of an upper level dance class

11:30 -1:00 Formal audition comprising Ballet (30 min), Contemporary/Modern (30 min), plus a guided improvisation and a Contemporary World Dance form (30 min)

1:00 -1:30  York Dance Ensemble/choreography presentation and/or Q&A with dance students

1:30 -2:00  Written Reflection

*Following the welcome and information session, family members and friends will be taken on a tour of the Department facilities.  Thereafter, they are free to explore the campus. Auditioning applicants will be ready to leave for the day at 2:00 PM. 

NOTE: Family members and friends are not permitted to observe the audition.

For more information about Step 3, please contact:

Luisa Malisani, Administrative Assistant, Department of Dance | 416-736-2100 ext. 22126