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.
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.
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.
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.
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.