Arts Umbrella Dance Company

Vancouver's best young dancers

Sophisticated, dedicated, and inspired. The Arts Umbrella Dance Company is a Vancouver, Canada based pre-professional repertory company. The company includes seniors and apprentice ensembles that train, rehearse, and perform new, innovative works by some of North America and Europe’s leading choreographers.

“What is most extraordinary about the Arts Umbrella Dance Company is the roster of international choreographers that come to Vancouver to create new works on the dancers,” says Artistic Director Artemis Gordon.

“This insight of the work that is being done on the international stage is rare even for most professional companies, and yet is being brought to Vancouver and presented by our company. The calibre of the performance is applauded by dance artists from around the world.”

Season Repertoire

AUDC performs work by world renowned choreographers such as James Kudelka, Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Tom Weinberger, Cayetano Soto, Lesley Telford, and Aszure Barton to name a few.

The company performs throughout the year to packed houses. See our upcoming performances for more.

More about AUDC

AUDC consists of more than 60 dancers – select members of the Arts Umbrella Professional Training Program and Post-Secondary Programs – who train, rehearse, and perform to exacting professional standards in senior (ages 16-20) and apprentice (ages 12-16) ensembles. 

“We do not delineate between a classical ballet dancer and a modern dancer,” says Artistic Director Artemis Gordon. “We are trying to create a hybrid that takes the best of both, and creates something unique and different.”

Gordon and the Arts Umbrella Dance faculty, along with noted guest teachers and choreographers, instill a sense of commitment, discipline, and creativity in the dancers.

“I really appreciate the fact that a lot of the choreographers who are coming to Arts Umbrella have a very strong balletic base, but really are doing something completely innovative, cutting edge, and exciting,” says Gordon.

AUDC performs many times each season throughout Metro Vancouver and around the province. The season culminates in the company’s Season Finale, three extraordinary performances staged in May at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre.


The company has also toured to Montreal, Toronto, New York, Japan, and Holland. AUDC has participated in exchanges and collaborations with groups such as Yokohama Ballet in Japan, Noord Nederlandse Dans Studio Group in the Netherlands, Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, and École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal.

The broad-based performance and touring opportunities and along with rigorous technical training, prepare AUDC dancers for dance education at the university level or a career with professional dance companies. Dancers from AUDC are very employable and have gone on to join companies in North America and Europe, such as Ballet BC, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York City), Noord Nederlandse Dans, and Dresden Semperoper Ballet.

Members are students of the Professional Program, as selected by the Artistic Director, Dance.

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