An artistic and pedagogical authority in Dance, Artemis Gordon was named Artistic Director of the Arts Umbrella Dance program in 1992 after graduating from the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Since then, Artemis has developed the program to be internationally recognized for producing graduates who are dancing in companies around the world such as Ballet BC, Nederlands Dans Theatre I & II, Batsheva Dance Company, and many others.
Artemis has toured the Arts Umbrella Dance Company to Holland, Italy, Japan, New York, and Montreal and fostered collaborations with Nederlands Dans Theatre, Yokohama Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Dance, Joffrey Ballet School, and L'Ecole supérieure de ballet du Québec.
In 2015, Artemis secured the affiliation between Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella, extending the impact of international choreographers in Vancouver and increasing opportunities for young dancers in Vancouver. Artemis won the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction award in the Arts, Culture, and Design category. Her vision extends beyond dance, preparing students with skills to navigate their lives with discipline, rigour, and innovation.