This is a joint program between The University of Winnipeg and The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. It offers an intensive education in contemporary dance technique and performance in preparation for a professional career in dance.
|Starting in:||January, September|
|Tuition Fee:||15,240 CAD per year|
|Location:||Winnipeg Campus, Winnipeg, Canada|
Contemporary dance encompasses an exciting and eclectic range of performance styles. It is at the forefront of experimental work in the performing arts. Vital professional companies and a small number of excellent schools are spread throughout North and South America, Europe, and other areas of the world.
This joint program offers the advantages of concentrated, conservatory-style dance training teamed with a liberal arts education. Courses at The School of Contemporary Dancers uniquely prepare students for a professional career in contemporary dance. Courses at The University of Winnipeg develop students who are flexible and multi-talented, have learned a number of different job skills and technological solutions, can adapt to change, can think critically and analyze effectively, can speak and write clearly, and can be counted on to find creative and innovative solutions to problems.
This combination of technique and artistry in dance, together with a broad-based university education, is designed to prepare students to be performers and artists of wide-ranging and deep perceptiveness.
Each year, students gain extensive performance experience through activities including two public series, special projects, and a tour of Winnipeg-area schools. The School of Contemporary Dancers is one of a small number of institutions to be recognized by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage as a national centre for arts training.
The program has enjoyed a high degree of acclaim and success; almost all graduates attain professional work as contemporary dance performers. Many graduates have performed with various contemporary dance companies and with nationally renowned choreographers across Canada. As well as performing, graduates are working as choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, arts administrators, dance reviewers and dance editors.
What our students say
“I graduated from the University of Winnipeg’s Dance Program in affiliation with the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in June 2015. The Program is a nationally renowned centre for contemporary dance training in Canada and the quality of training I received was outstanding. The connections I made with my peers, teachers and the professional community greatly supported my transition into the profession. Not only was the Program itself incredible, it was also an excellent preparation for a performance career in contemporary dance.”
Alexandra Winters (BA Honours Dance) – Performance career including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Gearshifting Performance Works, Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, SOS Dance (Victoria), Banff Centre for the Arts, GPS Collective (Mexico), @tendance/C.Medina (Austria)