Post-Secondary Programs

A growing legacy of dance in Canada

Arts Umbrella post-secondary Dance students work towards a professional career through high-level dance education in our two-year post-secondary programs.

Programs by audition only: visit our Admissions page for audition information.

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Preparation for a career in dance in partnership with Vancouver Community College

This program provides high-level dance education towards a professional career in dance. Applicants must be at an advanced Ballet level with a pre-professional background.

Students receive between 35-50 hours a week of dance instruction at Arts Umbrella. Daily classes include Ballet training, Pointe or Men’s Work, Pas de Deux, Composition, Improvisation, Classical Variations, Cecchetti Exam Preparation, Body Conditioning, Health, Jazz and Contemporary techniques. The program also features residencies with renowned guest choreographers as well as rehearsals and performances with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company.

For in depth details on the program, see below or click here for our complete admissions guide.

The unique Dance Diploma partnership between Arts Umbrella and Vancouver Community College furthers the same high-level dance training of the Graduate program with concurrent academic classes in arts and culture, rhythm training and professional business skills through VCC. After successful program completion, students earn a post-secondary diploma, granted under the authority of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education. Graduates of the diploma program who choose to further pursue their academic education, may be able to transfer some course credits to a certificate, diploma or degree program, and should contact the receiving institution for details on the transfer process.

Students accepted to this program will be eligible to apply for a student visa through VCC.

Admission to the Dance Diploma Program is by audition only. Click here for more information.

Programme postsecondaire de deux ans.

Ce programme offre une formation de haut niveau en danse en vue d’une carrière professionnelle en danse. Il est destiné aux candidats à un niveau avancé en ballet issus d’un programme préprofessionnel

Les étudiants reçoivent de 35 à 50 heures de cours de danse par semaine à l’école Arts Umbrella. Les cours quotidiens comprennent le ballet, le travail sur pointes ou la technique masculine, le pas de deux, la composition, l’improvisation, les variations classiques, la préparation aux examens Cecchetti, le conditionnement physique, la santé, les techniques Jazz et Contemporaines. Le programme compte également des résidences de chorégraphes renommés et des répétitions et spectacles avec la compagnie de danse Arts Umbrella.

Performance Research Program (PReP)

Choreographer Lesley Telford leads this half-day program for emerging dance professionals, focusing on the development of an intensive artistic practice through the study of technique and daily workshops. Delving into the choreographic process, students research and develop new work, and investigate existing repertoire. Learn more here.

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