Do you love to express yourself through dance, whether modern, ballet, jazz, tap or improvisational? Are dancing and performing passions you want to explore in life? York's Department of Dance is the oldest and most comprehensive university-level dance program in Canada, offering a variety of interdepartmental work between several programs focused on theatre, music and film. Majoring in Dance can lead you down an amazingly interesting path in the performing arts industry.

Career Options in Dance

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Dance degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Dance than others.

  • Acting Coach
  • Actor
  • Art Gallery Director
  • Broadcaster
  • Casting Director
  • Choreographer
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dancer
  • Dance/Movement Therapist
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Designer
  • Director
  • Editor/Publisher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Film Researcher/Consultant
  • Fundraiser for the Arts
  • Journalist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Music Industry Consultant
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Special Effects Consultant
  • Stage Crew Manager
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stuntperson
  • Theatre Adminstrator
  • Youth Worker

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.