Post-Secondary Bridge Program
The Bridge Program is a three-year diploma program designed for students who are committed to pursuing a career as a professional dancer in today’s industry. Completion of this program requires all modules to be realized, culminating in 4,210 training hours over three years. Acceptance into the program is by audition only.
By completion of the program:
- Students will be able to demonstrate a refinement in technique and artistry to a professional level and developed rehearsal and performance skills commensurate with a professional dancer
- Students will be able to demonstrate and discuss works from Romantic, Classical, Neo-Classical and Contemporary Ballet repertoires
- Students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in choreographic principles and concepts to enable them to pursue a career as a professional dancer
- Students will be able to discuss how to efficiently research, demonstrate effective interview skills and present an audition package Students will be able to acknowledge the importance of nutrition and identify practical anatomy as an elite performer
- Students will effectively show how to develop their own methods for successful and consistent performance by managing their stress and performance anxiety
Assessment of Modules
- A student’s technical and artistic progress are assessed through observation, in individual conferences, demonstrations and performances
- Other modules are assessed by the instructor in a variety of ways depending on the project or assignment. Assignments/Projects can be marked; pass/fail, graded, or in an anecdotal fashion (i.e. Does not yet meet expectations, meets expectations, exceeds expectations).
List of Courses
The Bridge Program is designed to provide students with the highest level of training available for a career as a professional ballet dancer. This can include but is not limited to:
- Classical ballet, contemporary ballet, contemporary
Further career paths that are often opened up by attending the Bridge Program are:
- Dance teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and/or examiner
- Working in live theatre in a variety of capacities both onstage and off, commercial dance work
- Working in the field of kinesiology, dance/sports physiotherapy, massage therapy, nutritionist, dance/sports psychologist, Gyrokenisis/Gyrotonic Method, and Pilates instruction.