International Dance Community

For years, the Arts Umbrella Dance program has developed intelligent and motivated dance students into strong and in-demand dance artists. Arts Umbrella graduates have been hired by critically lauded Canadian companies and cutting-edge contemporary companies around the world, as far away as the Netherlands, Italy, and Israel.

Ballet BC (Canada)
Batsheva Dance Company (Israel)
Nederlands Dans Theatre (Netherlands)
Sidra Bell Dance New York (USA)
Dresden Semperoper Ballet (Germany)
Imperfect Dancers (Italy)
Ballet National Theater Mannheim (Germany)
Bjm Danse (Montreal)
Hofesh Shechter Company (UK)
Kidd Pivot (Canada)
Noord Nederlands Dans (Netherlands)
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (NYC-USA)
Proarte Danza (Toronto)
Toronto Dance Theater (Canada)
Swedish National Ballet (Sweden)

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In the dance company, I was challenged and encouraged to see dance in a different light. The limits of physicality and creativity were pushed and expectations of focus and creative ownership were raised. The artistic staff and other dancers offered the support for me to be able to be vulnerable with dance in order to break out of my own boundaries. I discovered so much more during the 2 year graduate dance program at Arts Umbrella than I have in the entirety of my life thus far.

—Shannon Ellis, Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Program (2009)


  • Daniel Alwell – Ballet National de Marseille, France
  • Brandi Baker Ballet Staatstheatre Augsburg, Germany
  • Ariana Barr Ballet Edmonton, Edmonton
  • Anna Bekirova – Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Holland
  • Nathaniel Belnavis-Wright – Netherlands Dans Theatre II, Holland
  • Georgia Boddez Dansatelers Crew, Netherlands
  • Adrian Maxwell Campagna – Cas Public, Montreal
  • Zachary Cardwell Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • Emily Chessa – Ballet BC 
  • Isla Clarke Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Holland
  • Zander Constant Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden
  • Mackenzie Corrales – Rubberband Dance, Montreal
  • Stephanie CyrInverso Productions, Vancouver
  • Nick Daniels – Netherlands Dans Theatre II, Den Haag
  • Emanuel Dostine – Ballet BC, Vancouver
  • Clementine Dumas – Metamorphosis Dance, Madrid, Spain
  • Livona Ellis – Kid Pivot, Vancouver
  • Scott Fowler Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Den Haag
  • Albert Galindo – National Theatre Mannheim, Germany
  • Jackson Haywood – Lyon Opera Ballet, France
  • Jack Henderson – Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago
  • Kiera Hill – Ballet BC
  • Chisato Ide – Nuremberg Ballet, Germany
  • Evan Inguanez – Ballet Hagen, Germany
  • Amy Josh Tanz Mainz Theater, Germany 
  • Kiana Jung – Ballet BC
  • Meilyn KennedyHessisches Staatstheater, Germany
  • Kennedy Kraeling – Saarbrucken Ballet, Germany
  • Antonia Kruschel Freelance Dancer, Berlin; Maqamat Dance Theatre, Lebanon
  • Beatrice LarriveeBatsheva The Young Ensemble, Israel 
  • Ruth Lee – Netherlands Dans Theatre II, Holland
  • Misa Lucyshyn Sidra Bell Dance, New York
  • Rachel McNamee – Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden 
  • Dex van ter Meij – Ballet BC
  • Katherina Nakui – Theatre Osnabruck, Germany
  • Zack Preece – Cas Public, Montreal
  • Charlie Prince – Gross Dance Company, Amsterdam
  • Ethan Ribeiro – Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich, Germany
  • Paxton Ricketts Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Den Haag
  • Christoph Von Riedemann – Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden 
  • Amalia Smith Batsheva Dance Company, Isreal
  • Eden SolomonLes Ballet Jazz Montreal, Quebec
  • Jayson SyretteAugsberg Ballet, Germany
  • Maya Tenzer – Mainfranken Theater, Wurzburg
  • Sydney Tormey – Ballet BC, Vancouver
  • Nicole Ward – Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Den Haag
  • Sophie Whittome – Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Holland
  • Jacob Williams – Ballet BC
  • Shana Wolfe – OURO Collective, Vancouver
  • Zenon Zubyk – Netherlands Dans Theatre I, Holland

We are given incredible opportunities beyond ourselves – opportunities other programs and even professionals may not get – and are expected to rise to the challenge. We are taught not just choreography and technique, but respect, community, and perseverance. We are taught to value every experience, to take ownership of our own experience.

—Rachel McNamee, VCC/Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma (2014)