ESA is a specialized public arts-academic high school located in Toronto, Canada.
Welcome to Etobicoke School of the Arts
ESA offers dance majors intensive training in Ballet and Modern Dance with the opportunity to study Jazz in grades 10 and 11. Throughout the program dancers develop their skills in technique classes and explore their creativity in composition classes. Dancers study theory, anatomy and dance history to expand their understanding of the world of dance and their role in it. Regular guest artists and choreographers are an integral part of the program.
ESA Drama offers students extensive training in character development, voice and movement. Through the study of theatre history and plays from a variety of cultures and genres, students investigate the world around them and work towards a greater understanding of themselves and others. Using the most current theatre practices and techniques, students pursue the crafts of acting and directing to transform diverse stories into compelling theatre.
ESA Film is all about storytelling. By examining the techniques employed by cinematic icons and contemporary filmmakers, this unique program gives its filmmakers the tools to produce the stories that matter to them. Students will learn to craft those stories into compelling visually exciting narratives, reflective of their own creative voice, while, at the same time, developing an aesthetic and critical understanding of cinematic expression.
We take a holistic approach to music pedagogy. In the teaching of music we try to balance ensemble performance, solo performance, technical skill, theoretical principals and the study of music history. All students perform in a large co-curricular ensemble throughout highschool. We believe strongly that playing in a large ensemble nurtures and develops a musician in a way that nothing else can.
We offer Music Theatre majors a rigorous four-year sequenced based training program that is grounded in a solid technique and imparted in an atmosphere of curiosity and creativity. Our dedicated faculty instills professional standards of discipline, quality and ethics by artfully blending the teaching of traditional skills with the newest advances in training and technology.
Our visual arts department trains students to think like practicing artists, and to develop exciting projects in a wide range of media. ESA Visual Arts students graduate with a developed understanding of contemporary art practice and the material skills to be a success in the most demanding international post-secondary programs. Our projects allow students to focus on their own passions while learning from contemporary artists, developing necessary skill sets to succeed in art and design programs around the world.