Facilities and Resources

Dance Research Resources

The Graduate Programs in Dance and Dance Studies are well supported by York University Libraries through its collections, services and librarian expertise. The dance collection is one of the Libraries’ collections of strength, growing in significance and size along with the reputation of the Department of Dance and its faculty.

The program benefits from the wealth of material in the Sound and Moving Image Library. The video collection, one of the largest in Canada, includes items such as the archival video documentation from the George Balanchine Foundation, the American Dance Festival and the American Dance Legacy Institute. The music collection is strong in world music, blues history, jazz and popular music, areas of research interest to dance graduate students. The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections provide unique opportunities for original research as doctoral students explore papers of significant Canadian individuals and organizations such as the Danny Grossman Dance Company, the Toronto Dance Theatre, Dance Oremus Danse, the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Canadian Dance Festival, the Canadian Association for Professional Dance Organizations, and Rhombus Media.Librarians have developed a series of library research workshops specifically designed for graduate students to help them meet the challenges of today’s complex world of information. Graduate students in Dance Studies can arrange a consultation with the Dance Librarian for research assistance on a specific topic. They also have exclusive access to a state-of-the art study room in Scott Library which includes wired and wireless access for laptops, several computer workstations and a scholarly setting conducive to intensive research.

Future plans for York University Libraries include campus collaborations for several digital initiatives such as archiving electronic theses and publishing electronic journals.

Dance Studio Facilities

In 2006, the Department of Dance moved into new, state-of-the-art facilities in the Accolade East Building at the heart of York's Keele campus.Dance students have access to a wide range of specialized facilities and resources including:

  • The Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre (See Performance Spaces below)
  • McLean Performance Studio (See Performance Spaces below)
  • Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre
  • The Grant Strate Studio
  • The Walter and Robert Carsen Studio
  • Three additional rehearsal studios
  • Two choreography studios
  • Conditioning room
  • Physiotherapy , massage and sports medicine clinic
  • Costume collection
  • Audio and video recording facilities
  • Extensive library collections in the field of dance
  • Dance-specific computer software and peripherals

The new dance studios provide an ideal working situation in which to develop areas such as documentation, reconstruction, dance and technology, embodiment practices, dance science and alternative dance training techniques.

Performance Spaces

The McLean Performance Studio
Accolade East Building - Second Floor

The McLean Performance Studio is a 90-seat, informal theatre space dedicated to dance performance. It features a dance lighting plot, sound system and moveable black draperies.

The Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre
Accolade East Building - Main Floor

The Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre is a 360-seat proscenium theatre which can accommodate a variety of events such as dance, theatre, musicals, conferences and lectures. The theatre offers generous stage, sidestage, wings and backstage space, an orchestra pit, fly system and traps, loading dock, dressing rooms, and a comprehensive array of technical equipment. The audience enters the theatre through the CIBC Lobby, which is included with your venue rental. Both with seating capacities of 325. These beautiful spaces are used regularly for dance, music and theatre events.

Art Gallery of York University
Accolade East Building - Main Floor

A 500 seat cinema/theatre, music studios, lecture halls and classrooms

Computer and Video Facilities

Graduate students and faculty have access to York University computing resources, including electronic mail and access to the internet via dial-up connection from home, wireless connectivity for portable devices on campus, shared computers in University labs and kiosk stations and in shared or personal offices.The recently completed Accolade East and West buildings feature “smart” classrooms, fully networked and set up with DVD, video, internet, document cameras and 16 mm projection. These teaching facilities provide excellent opportunities for faculty and TAs to explore new teaching technologies and pedagogies.

To address the discipline specific needs of dance graduate students, the Faculty of Fine Arts has funded the Fine Arts Graduate Student Lab, where students can gain access to the hardware and software critical to their unique fields of study, reflecting current professional practice. Located in the Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, the lab is intended to be a flexible, multi-use, multi-format environment to support current needs and to remain compatible and relevant as technologies and artistic practices develop.

The lab houses four PC stations and four high-end Macintosh stations, fully equipped with audio, video and graphics software and multimedia hardware (patch bays, racks, sound processing equipment), as well as a scanner and LaserJet printer. Reflecting its shared nature, this facility is maintained by Fine Arts technical staff. On-site student assistance is provided by Graduate Assistants from several programs including dance.

This lab is always open, with access controlled by a combination of alarm and door card. Students using the room are provided an account on a Macintosh OS X server, Forerunner, where they can store their work. Physical renovations have been completed to improve visibility in the lab, to increase safety and security.

Dance Forms software is installed both in the lab and on several computers in dance graduate student offices in Accolade East, which are equipped with one PC and five Macintosh stations. The two offices also have a back-up device, an analog-to-digital converter, a photo printer and a laser printer. Software includes Final Cut Studio (for video post-production) and Photoshop Elements. The Department of Dance has excellent high definition video cameras and 15 laptops available for use by graduate students in any studio or classroom.

Office Space

The Graduate Program in Dance is located in offices on the third floor of the Accolade East Building. A resource/media lounge and several offices, located in the same area as the faculty offices, are shared by graduate students. These offices are equipped with desks, filing cabinets, mailboxes, telephones and six computer stations.

As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding of resources available to you to help in your pursuit of a degree.


As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding of resources available to you to help in your pursuit of a degree.


Housed in five buildings, York’s collections have more than 6.5 million items, 150,000 E-books and 20,000 online journals. Our world-class libraries provide rich collections, value-added services, excellent librarians and knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Innovations include: a designated graduate student reading room [replace Scott Library photo with new photo and caption titled: Graduate Student Reading Room, Scott Library] ; research skills workshops; online tutorials; discipline and course-specific guests lectures and workshops; Ask A Librarian chat reference; RACER, a library resource sharing system, allowing interlibrary loan users the ability to search multiple library catalogues at the same time and track the progress of their requests; and RefWorks, a Web-based bibliographic citation software and RefShare, a RefWorks component that will let you share your RefWorks folders with research partners or students.

The Leslie Frost Library on Glendon campus houses an extensive bilingual collection.The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections contains a rich research collection for curricular and ongoing scholarly research.

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York University Research Centres & Research Institutes

Enhance your interdisciplinary education with opportunities to participate in collaborative research.  York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada.  Working across disciplines and with global partners, we develop ideas and connect with policymakers and practitioners to create meaningful change and a more globally competitive Canada.As a graduate student, you will benefit from York's 24 research centres and institutes, which provide outstanding research opportunities to supplement your academic program

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Computing and Printing for Students

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The Grad Lounge

The Grad Lounge is a fully licensed lounge and restaurant owned and run the York’s Graduate Student’s Association. The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross. Menu items are made fresh to order and include sandwiches, wraps and burritos. Muffins and cookies are baked fresh daily. The Grad Lounge is also one of the few places on campus where you get Fair Trade coffee at a good price.The Lounge also provides catering services for morning meetings, working lunches and evening receptions. A catering menu is available. Contact (416)736-5495 or gsaloung@yorku.ca.

Lounge hours (summer hours may differ): Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Conference and Board Rooms

Located directly above the Graduate Students’ Association office on the fourth floor of the Student Centre are a large open conference room and two boardrooms. The boardrooms can be booked for smaller meetings or study groups. The rooms' availability can be checked via the calendar at www.yugsa.ca. To book a conference or for more information, contact (416) 736-5865 or gsa@yorku.ca.