Post-Secondary Programs

A growing legacy of dance in Canada

Arts Umbrella post-secondary Dance students work towards a professional career in dance through high-level dance education: AU & Vancouver Community College Dance Diploma Program or the AU Graduate Program.

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

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Graduate Program

Two year post-secondary program.

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 and rehearsals and performances with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company.

NEW: As of June 2015, the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program will no longer be eligible for international student visas. The VCC & Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma Program will continue to be eligible for international student visas.

Admission to the Graduate Program is by audition only.

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.

NOUVEAU : Dès juin 2015, le Programme Supérieur d’Arts Umbrella ne sera plus admissible pour les visas étudiants internationaux. Le Programme de diplôme de VCC et Arts Umbrella sera encore admissible pour les visas étudiants internationaux.

L’admission au Programme supérieur est accordée uniquement par audition.

VCC and Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma Program

Two year post-secondary program.
Application to Vancouver Community College also required. For more information, visit the VCC Dance Diploma page.

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.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Capilano University will allow Dance Diploma program graduates who are accepted into the Dance program in Contemporary Arts at SFU to transfer 30 credits in Fine Performing Arts course work, as well as elective credits as articulated in the British Columbia Transfer System.

Students accepted to this program will be eligible to apply for a student visa through VCC. VCC Students will receive a T2202 tax form.

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

In addition, applications to the Diploma Program must be done online through VCC.


NEW: Performance Research Program (PReP)

PReP is a new half-day program led by Lesley Telford. The program will focus on developing an intensive artistic practice which offers a technique class followed by a daily workshop. Conceived as a stepping stone into a career in dance, this program aims to provide further experience in the creative process and laboratory setting with daily training.  Learn more here.

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