Performance Research Program (PReP)

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. 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. PReP functions in parallel with an emerging artist’s professional development, so that students have time to be involved in other projects and performance opportunities.


Program Schedule:

9:30-11:00 am | Technique Class
11:00-12:30 pm | Workshop
*Afternoons involve collaboration rehearsals

Monday to Friday
September 2019–September 2020

Open Classes

PReP at Arts Umbrella offers drop-in classes for professional and advanced-level dancers in the community.

Class with Lesley Telford:
9:30–11:00 am

77 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Drop-ins $12 / 10 class card $100

Register for a drop-in class by purchasing a pass online.

*Schedule subject to change. Contact to confirm class schedule.

How to Audition:

Auditions for this program are ongoing.
Contact Natalie Kardum at for more information or to schedule an audition.

New in 2019/20
  • Collaborations with Ballet BC, Bard on the Beach, and Chor Leoni, including performances and rehearsals
  • Potential tours to California and Sydney, Australia
  • Multiple performance opportunities
  • Scholarships available
  • Full-day program (previously half-day)