Arts Umbrella Dance by David Cooper
About the Program

Arts Umbrella Dance is a vanguard of developing relevant and wide-reaching dance arts and education. Our holistic and integrative approach is unique, nurturing young dancers to achieve their full potential.

With graduates that go on to perform with prestigious companies around the world, Arts Umbrella students are lauded as valuable company members for their maturity and understanding of the tenets of professional dance.

Our program has fostered integrity and inspired creativity in a generation of performers. And that growing legacy moves us forward, from a dancers first steps to a professional career.

COVID-19: The health and safety of our students, families and staff is our top priority. Our COVID-19 Safety & Response Protocols adhere to all current recommended measures, while our Health & Safety Plan includes rigorous cleaning measures, physical distance guidelines, mandatory masks for those aged 6+, and strict health declarations. Read the latest on our measures here.

Our Faculty

Artemis Gordon, Artistic Director

A graduate of the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training program, Artemis has adjudicated at festivals and taught at professional training schools across Canada and internationally, including Ballet BC, Milano Danza Expo, UQAM Dance Symposium, Yokahama Ballet Seminar, BC Festival of the Arts, Ottawa School of Ballet, and the Encore International Dance Festival. Artemis has been Artistic Director at Arts Umbrella Dance since 1992, during which time she has fostered and nurtured the professional training program, setting the high standard that Arts Umbrella is known for today.

Senior Faculty

Arts Umbrella’s exceptional faculty members are dance artists who have achieved great success in their careers. Their commitment shows in each class, as they collaborate to further the level and standard of dance. Each instructor’s unique expertise strengthens the program foundation in classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

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Our Curriculum

Balanced Training

The Arts Umbrella Dance Program commits to every dancer, from their first class through to elementary, secondary, and post-secondary dance education. Unique, rigorous, and supportive, the program challenges its students in order to develop the tools needed for success in and out of the studio.

Our curriculum balances physical development with emotional and intellectual growth, allowing each dancer to build confidence and fully realize their own potential. We provide a life-changing dance education that has an impact long after graduation.

Guest Artists

Students in the Professional Training Program and Post-Secondary Programs also have opportunities to work with world-class choreographers and international guest artists. Dancers acquire a broad movement vocabulary and learn how to understand and respond to a variety of choreographic visions. In addition to the immeasurable benefit of increasing their exposure and adaptability to the contemporary dance environment, these connections with the dance community create opportunities and open doors for our students to begin their careers as dance professionals.

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Support us

Our Dance programs are supported by the tireless efforts of our fundraising committees. These parents, alumni, and others connected to Arts Umbrella Dance dedicate their time and talents to events and initiatives that bolster the financial sustainability of the Dance Company, ensuring more and more young dancers can achieve their artistic potential.

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Support Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella donors, volunteers, and sponsors share the same belief: that arts education can transform a child’s life. Whether attending an event, making a monthly gift, or donating time, our supporters are vital to helping us inspire creativity for good through the arts.