Our Alumni

For years, our program has been developing intelligent and motivated dance students into strong and in-demand dance artists. Arts Umbrella graduates have been hired by critically lauded Canadian companies and by cutting-edge contemporary companies around the world, as far away as the Netherlands, Italy, and Israel.

Arts Umbrella Dance alumni have gone on to dance professionally with companies all around the world, including:

Ballet BC (Canada)
Batsheva Dance Company (Israel)
Nederlands Dans Theatre (Netherlands)
Sidra Bell Dance New York (USA)
Dresden Semperoper Ballet (Germany)
Imperfect Dancers (Italy)
Ballet National Theater Mannheim (Germany)
Bjm Danse (Montreal)
Hofesh Shechter Company (UK)
Kidd Pivot (Canada)
Noord Nederlands Dans (Netherlands)
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (NYC-USA)
Proarte Danza (Toronto)
Toronto Dance Theater (Canada)
Swedish National Ballet (Sweden)

We are given incredible opportunities beyond ourselves – opportunities other programs and even professionals may not get – and are expected to rise to the challenge. We are taught not just choreography and technique, but respect, community, and perseverance. We are taught to value every experience, to take ownership of our own experience.

—Rachel McNamee, Nederlands Dans Theatre (2014 graduate of the VCC/Graduate Program)

In the dance company, I was challenged and encouraged to see dance in a different light. The limits of physicality and creativity were pushed and expectations of focus and creative ownership were raised. The artistic staff and other dancers offered the support for me to be able to be vulnerable with dance in order to break out of my own boundaries. I discovered so much more during the 2 year graduate dance program at Arts Umbrella than I have in the entirety of my life thus far.

—Shannon Ellis, Melbourne (2009 graduate of the Graduate Program)


More About Our Alumni

  • Daniel Alwell – Ballet National de Marseille, France
  • Brandi Baker Les Ballets Jazz, Montreal
  • Ariana Barr Ballet Edmonton, Edmonton
  • Anna Bekirova – Ballet BC
  • Georgia Boddez Grip House (Jan Martens), Amsterdam
  • Justin Calvadores – Ballet Edmonton, Edmonton
  • Zachary Cardwell Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • Emily Chessa – Ballet BC 
  • Kyle Clarke Nederlands Dans Theatre II, Amsterdam
  • Alexander Constant Alan Lucien Oyen, touring Europe
  • Stephanie CyrInverso Productions, Vancouver
  • Juan Duarte – Ballet BC Emerging Artist
  • Livona EllisStadttheater Bern 
  • Scott Fowler – Ballet BC
  • Albert Galindo – Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel 
  • Elizabeth Graves New Dialect, Tennessee 
  • Haley Heckethorn – BODYTRAFFIC, Los Angeles
  • Kiera Hill – Ballet BC
  • Chisato Ide – Nuremberg Ballet, Germany
  • Amy Josh Tanz Mainz Theater, Germany 
  • Kiana Jung – Ballet BC Emerging Artist
  • Graham Kaplan – Netherlands Dance Theatre II, Amsterdam 
  • Kierra Kelp – Ballet BC Emerging Artist  
  • Meilyn KennedyHessisches Staatstheater, Germany
  • Maya Klassen Netherlands Noord, Holland
  • Emily Klukas – Ballet BC Emerging Artist
  • Kennedy Kraeling – Saarbrucken Ballet, Germany
  • Antonia Kruschel Freelance Dancer, Berlin; Maqamat Dance Theatre, Lebanon
  • Beatrice LarriveeBatsheva The Young Ensemble, Israel 
  • Misa Lucyshyn Sidra Bell Dance, New York
  • Jordan Pelliteri Netherlands Dans Theatre II, Amsterdam
  • Rachel McNamee – Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden 
  • Dex van ter Meij – Ballet BC
  • Katherina Nakui Mainfranken Theater, Wurzburg
  • Charlie Prince – Gross Dance Company, Amsterdam
  • Paxton Ricketts Netherlands Dance Theatre I, Amsterdam b
  • Christoph Von Riedemann – Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden 
  • Amalia Smith Batsheva Dance Company, Isreal
  • Eden SolomonInverso Productions, Vancouver
  • Jayson SyretteAugsberg Ballet, Germany
  • Maya Tenzer – Mainfranken Theater, Wurzburg
  • Nicole Ward – Ballet BC 
  • Sophie Whittome – Ballet BC 
  • Zenon Zubyk – Ballet BC