Facilities and Resources

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.

York has three main libraries. The Scott Library located in Central Square, which also houses the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, the Sound & Moving Image Library (SMIL), the Map Library, and the Graduate Reading Room (rm#409) for which you need a code to enter.

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 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, the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, 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.

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)
  • The Grant Strate Studio
  • The Walter and Robert Carsen Studio
  • Five additional studios
  • Conditioning room
  • Physiotherapy, massage and sports medicine clinic
  • Costume collection
  • Dance-specific computer software and peripherals

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

Performance Spaces

The McLean Performance Studio
244 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, with seating capacity of 325. This beautiful space is used regularly for dance, music, and theatre events.

Computer and Video Facilities

Graduate students and faculty have access to York University computing resources. The Accolade East and West buildings feature “smart” classrooms, fully networked and set up with DVD, video, internet, 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, AMPD has funded the creation of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, 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.

Office Space

The Graduate Program in Dance is located in offices on the third floor of the Accolade East Building. There is a TA office and grad student lounge, accessible by keypad codes. These offices are equipped with desks, filing cabinets, mailboxes, telephones, and computer stations.

As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding 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.

Visit York’s Libraries to learn more

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

Visit the York Research website to learn more.

Computing and Printing for Students

Please visit York University Libraries page on Printing.

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.

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Resources

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Resources

Accommodations for Graduate Students

The attached brief document is meant to demystify accommodations (academic and work) for graduate students at York.

Registration Policies

All newly admitted and continuing graduate students at York University are responsible for being familiar with and registering and paying fees in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies and University policies, deadlines and procedures. By the act of registration each student becomes bound by the policies and regulations of York University, including the Faculty in which the student is registered.

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