George Brown Dance is a partnership between Ballet Jörgen Canada and George Brown College. As a training institution George Brown Dance reflects the identity of its two parent organizations.
It is committed to ensuring student success by providing rigorous, high-quality dance training with professional standards and a broad academic focus for ambitious students seeking careers in dance.
Since 1992, George Brown College and Ballet Jörgen Canada have enjoyed an unprecedented partnership in the form of George Brown Dance, a dance school offering professional training for students of ballet and modern dance. Offering professional instruction in a dynamic and highly creative environment, George Brown Dance provides an optimum platform for students seeking a career in Toronto’s vibrant and world-renowned dance community or in the ever-expanding international market.
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In its 40 years of being in the heart of Toronto, George Brown College has become woven into the economic, cultural and social fabric of Toronto. George Brown College is one of Canada’s largest, most diversified and highly respected colleges, serving a broad and vibrant student body with an incredibly rich program mix of apprenticeship training, certificates, diplomas and degrees.
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Bengt Jörgen is a winner of the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and has created over 30 ballets for numerous ballet and opera companies including the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the American Ballet Studio Company, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton and the Hong Kong Ballet. His critically acclaimed version of Romeo & Juliet led to the development of Coppélia, an international co-production between the Hong Kong Ballet and Ballet Jörgen Canada that will rotate between the two companies for a ten year period. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Bengt Jörgen is a graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He moved to Canada to further his studies at the National Ballet School of Canada, and from 1982-1985 he was a member of the National Ballet of Canada where he began to choreograph for the company’s choreographic workshops. In 1987 he co-founded Ballet Jörgen Canada, with real-life partner Susan Bodie. In 1989, he was appointed resident choreographer of George Brown College and in 1992 his artistic vision led to the formation of a partnership with the college. He is currently Artistic Director of George Brown Dance, a post-secondary institution at George Brown College. His full-length version of The Nutcracker premiered in 1995 and his Romeo & Juliet enjoyed its Hong Kong premiere with the Hong Kong Ballet in October 1999. His commitment to creating original work coupled with his demonstrated choreographic and artistic vision continues to lead his company, school and work to local, national and international acclaim.
President, George Brown College
Dean, Arts, Design & Information Technology
Chair, School of Performing Arts
Operations Manager, Arts & Design