Post-Secondary Programs

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About the Program

Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Dance Programs deliver rigorous dance training for dedicated students working towards a professional career in dance.

For years, our programs have developed intelligent and motivated dance students into strong and in-demand dance artists. Arts Umbrella graduates have been hired by critically lauded Canadian companies and cutting-edge contemporary companies around the world. These Arts Umbrella dancers are applauded as valuable company members for their maturity and understanding of the tenets of professional dance. Learn more about our alumni.


Arts Umbrella students in our Post-Secondary Programs are given the opportunity to work with locally, nationally, and internationally renowned guest artists. Learn more about our guest faculty.

Throughout the year, students perform world-class choreography through participation in the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Performances are an integral part of our post-secondary programs, as they develop in our dancers a sense of community and a thorough understanding of their chosen art form. Learn more about the Arts Umbrella Dance Company.

Post-Secondary Dance Program

The Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Dance Program provides students with a high-level dance education towards a professional career in dance. Applicants must be at an advanced ballet level with a pre-professional background.

Dancers will be in the studio six days or 35-45 hours per week. Daily classes include ballet, pointe or men’s work, pas de deux, composition, improvisation, classical variations, 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.

VCC/Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma

In partnership with Vancouver Community College, this two-year Dance Diploma Program is designed for dancers seeking to develop an advanced level of technical and choreographic skill in preparation for a career in professional dance.

In addition to the dance curriculum outlined in the Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Program, students take academic classes in arts and culture, rhythm training, and career development.

Students have access to VCC benefits such as health and dental coverage, a discounted transit pass, and eligibility for student loans and a student visa. Upon completion, students earn a post-secondary diploma.

2022/23 Dance Diploma Admissions Guide

For more information, contact Natalie Kardum, Dance Admissions Specialist, at

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