Certificate in Dance and Movement

Certificate in Dance and Movement


This Certificate is open to currently registered Dalhousie and King’s students in all Faculties.


Contact / Coordinator: Susan Stackhouse, Fountain School of Performing Arts(susan.stackhouse@dal.ca)


The Certificate in Dance and Movement introduces students to the broad context of dance as a performance art and to the various skills that encompass movement and dance techniques. Through both practical and theoretical studies, students will develop an understanding of dance composition and movement for the stage, and will develop the vocabularies necessary to communicate in the field of dance and movement. This Certificate will be of interest to any Dalhousie or King’s student who wishes to expand their knowledge of Dance and Movement, gain foundational performance skills, and improve physical wellness.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Certificate, students will:

  • Achieve proficiency in the basic skills of the performing artist: interaction with the performing space, creation of character through movement and gesture, collaboration, and ensemble-building.
  • Understand the broad vocabularies of dance and movement techniques.
  • Learn a variety of dance and movement techniques through practical application.
  • Gain a foundation in dance composition and be able to create choreographic sequences.
  • Develop confidence as performers by participating in a range of in-class and public performance opportunities.
  • Improve physical skills and wellness through exploration of alignment, healthy movement, and mind-body connection.
  • Gain an appreciation for, and be able effectively to explain both orally and in writing, the historical development of various dance styles and their importance to the cultures in which they developed.


Students can count credit earned in these courses toward their undergraduate major, minor, or distribution requirements, unless otherwise specified in their program's regulations.




This Certificate is a 15-credit-hour certificate. All students must complete:



NOTE: Students who wish to do so may also apply to take THEA 4201.03 (Short Apprenticeship); THEA 4202.06 (Long Apprenticeship, one term); or THEA 4903.03 (Long Apprenticeship a) and THEA 4904.03 (Long Apprenticeship b) as higher-level electives to add a further component of Experiential Learning to their Certificate in Dance and Movement. Students who wish to add one of these classes to their Certificate must apply to the Fountain School of Performing Arts (FSPA) via an application form available from the FSPA Main Office, the Associate Director for Theatre, or the Certificate Coordinator. Entrance into these classes is by application only, and approval is given on a case-to-case basis. These electives are optional and are not required for completion of the Certificate.