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Dance Frequently Asked Questions — Prospective Students

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:55am

You might have questions while you are preparing to enter your Dance program. Read our FAQs below.

Additional information on studio learning, registration tips, and student experience is available in the Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Will I be disadvantaged if I send a DVD audition document over a ‘real time’ audition?

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend the audition whenever possible.  An in-person audition allows the adjudicating panel to view applicants over many hours, rather than during a short, 10-minute DVD. On the other hand, when an in-person audition is not possible, an applicant who submits a strong electronic audition stands a good chance of being selected for the dance program.

If I pass the audition, does that mean that I am accepted to the university?

In order to be admitted into the dance program, you must receive approval from both the Division of Dance’s entrance audition review and from the Admissions Office’s academic review:

  1. The Division of Dance will recommend an applicant for admission to the University of Calgary based on a successful entrance audition.
  2. The Admissions Office will recommend an applicant for admission to the University of Calgary based on review of the applicant’s academic criteria, which is based upon high school transcripts and/or transfer grade point average.

Note: applicants for the Dance/Kinesiology concurrent program must meet the academic requirements for both the Division of Dance and for the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Applicants can view their status by signing into their Student Centre on MyUofC. 


Will I be able to dance every day so that I can maintain a high level of technique?

The BFA Dance is designed for students to achieve and maintain a high level of technique over the four years of the program. The BA Dance program provides a more liberal arts focus. Only half of the students' required courses are in the field of Dance, and dance technique classes are not provided daily.

Is it possible to do a concurrent degree with Dance and Education?

Yes, we offer a 5 year BA Dance/ B Education degree which includes the dance pedagogy concentration.

The Dance Pedagogy Concentration provides an area of focus and depth of study within the BA Dance degree, and is designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career as a full or part-time dance teacher. The program prepares students to teach dance to multiple populations: pre-school, children, youth, adults, and seniors, and in various locations: private studios, public schools, and community programs, and includes courses in the following areas: dance pedagogy for children, youth and community populations; dance psychology; dance anatomy; safe dance practice; and a dance teaching practicum. The content of these courses will cover all aspects of dance pedagogy e.g. health and safety in the dance environment; injury prevention and management; nutrition; psychological aspects of dance practice; anatomical and biomechanical principles of alignment; individual anomalies and adaptations; group specific needs and risk factors (age and ability/disability), etc.

How do the BA Dance, the BFA Dance, and the BA Dance/B Kinesiology programs compare?

Program Highlights

BFA Dance

BA Dance

BA Dance/
B Kinesiology

Duration of program

4 year, 120  units

4 year, 120 units

5 year, 150 units

Required courses in Field of Dance




Non-Dance courses

25% Options

50% Options

52% Kinesiology
20% Options

Eligible for Double Major



(B Kinesiology only)

Eligible to declare Minor




Eligible for Dance Pedagogy Concentration




Eligible for Dance Production Concentration




Eligible for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program




Certificate for Safe Dance Practice




Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) The BFA Dance program provides students with an intensive, rigorous, in-depth study of the art form with a focus on studio training. Courses in dance technique, choreography, improvisation and performance are complemented by courses in dance history and theory, dance kinesiology, dance pedagogy, and dance production and design. The BFA Dance also offers specialized training areas in dance for the camera, global dance forms, and site-specific dance.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) The BA Dance program combines studio courses in the practice of dance technique, composition and improvisation with courses in the pedagogy, psychology, dramaturgy, management, design, and production of dance. These courses enable students to apply their passion for dance to a wide range of career paths in the dance industry, educational institutions, and community organizations. Half of the students’ courses are in the field of Dance, while the other half is in related fields, allowing students to choose a double Major, a Minor, or a series of courses that support their study and career interests.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) The combined BA Dance / BKin degree, the first of its kind in Canada, highlights the relationships between the sciences and the arts, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of movement. Students take five years to complete two degrees, graduating with a strong foundation in both Science and Arts.