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Dance

Dance

Arts Umbrella’s Dance program is internationally recognized for producing highly employable graduates who are dancing in companies around the world. The high-quality training develops the whole dancer, stressing technique, strength, intellectual and artistic expression, with a focus on health and wellness. The program has a strong foundation in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance forms.

Program options range from early learning creative movement classes to career-level dance training, including half-day academic and graduate-level programs. Arts Umbrella also offers a dance diploma through Vancouver Community College. Program placement is based on age and ability, as assessed through faculty placements or audition, as specified for each program level.

 

In addition to regular classes, Arts Umbrella professional-level dance students are given the opportunity to work with local and internationally renowned guest artists and perform world-class choreography through participation in the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Performances are an integral part of the program, developing a sense of community and ultimately an understanding of their chosen art form.

 

Please note: dance program registration is currently not available online. For more information regarding registration, auditions and the placement process, contact the Registrar: registration@artsumbrella.com.

Past guest teachers and choreographers:

 

past guest faculty

GIOCONDA BARBUTO (Montreal)
ASZURE BARTON (New York City)
CHERICE BARTON (Spiderman NYC)
MARC BOIVIN (Montreal)
ROBERTO CAMPANELLA (ProArteDanza)
MARIE CHONG (ARC Dance Company and Cirque du Soleil)
MARGIE GILLIS (Order of Canada Governor General Award)
GLENN GILMOUR (The National Ballet School)
ROBERT GLUMBEK (ProArteDanza)
MARK GODDEN
JEAN GRAND-MAÎTRE (Alberta Ballet)
SHAWN HOUNSELL (LA LA LA Human Steps)
ROB KITSOS (SFU)
THOMAS KLEIN (Compañía Nacional de Danza de España)
DONNA KRASNOW (York University Dance Faculty)
JAMES KUDELKA (International Choreographer)
FRANCISCO MARTINEZ (Alvin Ailey Juilliard Faculty)
ANDREA MILLER (Gallim Dance)
EMILY MOLNAR (Ballet British Columbia)
KEVIN O'DAY (Ballet Mannheim Germany)
KENNY PEARL (Founding Member Toronto Dance Theatre)
CRYSTAL PITE (Kidd Pivot)
DONALD SALES (Ballet British Columbia)
RISA STEINBERG (Juilliard Faculty)
LESLIE TELFORD (Nederlands Dans Theatre)
WEN WEI WANG (Wen Wei Dance)
ALEXANDRA WELLS (Juilliard Faculty)

 

alumni

ACACIA SCHACHTE (1998) Ballet BC, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (NYC)

ALEXANDER BURTON (2010) Ballet BC

ALEXIS FLETCHER (2004) Ballet BC

ALYSON FRETZ (2009) Ballet BC

AMBER FUNK BARTON (1999) Founder of The Response Contemporary Dance Company

AMY JOSH (2011) Noord Nederlands Dans

CAROLINE KIRKPATRICK (2009) Sidra Bell Dance New York

CHISATO IDE (2011) Les Grands Ballets

CHRIS HOYTE (2010) Dresden Semperoper Ballet (Germany)

CONNOR GNAM (2005) Ballet BC, Ballet Kelowna

DANIEL ALWEL (2013) Ballets Jazz Montreal

EMILY CHESSA (2012) Ballet BC (apprentice)

GRAHAM KAPLAN (2013) Ballets Jazz Montreal

JED DUIFHUIS (2011) Ballet Kelowna

JESSICA AMES (2012) Noord Nederlands Dans

JOAO DE PAULA (2013) Conny Janssen Danst (Netherlands)

JULIE PECARD (2005) ProArte Danza, Ballett National Theater Mannheim (Germany)

KATHERINA NAKUI (2012) Noord Nederlands Dans

KATHERINE COWIE (2000) BJM Danse, Hofesh Shechter Company (UK)

KAYLA CORBIN (2013), Imperfect Dancers (Italy)

KIERA HILL (2012) Ballets Jazz Montreal

KIMBERLEY DE JONG (2000) Itzik Galili Dance Company, Compagnie Marie Chouinard

LIVONNA ELLIS (2010) Ballet BC

MADDY WYNNE-JONES (2002) Founder and resident choreographer of Tempered Body Dance Company (UK)

MAYA KLASSEN (2011) Noord Nederlands Dans

MICHELLE CHEUNG (2005) Ballet National Theater Mannheim (Germany)

RENA NARUMI (2008) ProArteDanza, Kidd Pivot, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany)

SAMANTHA GRAY ( 2008) Atlantic Ballet (Moncton)

SARAH WASIK (2006) Toronto Dance Theater

STEPHANIE CYR (2013) Imperfect Dancers (Italy)

TARINA PAQUIN (2012) Ballet Kelowna