Pre-Elementary Levels

Ages 11-13 years (Grades 6-7)

This after school program introduces students to the rigour and physical demands of professional training with a main focus on ballet. The committed student will participate in 12-16 hours of dance instruction a week, receiving in-depth training with an emphasis on technique, vocabulary and style.

The program is ballet-based in order to develop the strength and understanding necessary for long-term success in Arts Umbrella’s dance programming.

Experienced dance teachers and accomplished dance artists make up our wonderful faculty, who guide dancers throughout the year. Ballet and Modern classes are accompanied by sought after dance accompanists to create a quality program for young dancers.

Arts Umbrella Dance classes focus on the young dancers as a whole person, emphasizing physical, emotional, and intellectual development throughout the year. We celebrate the achievements of our dancers at the end of the school year with our year end Recital performed at the Vancouver Playhouse in June.

Dancers at the Pre-Elementary 2 (Grade 7) level have the unique opportunity to work with guest choreographers with performance opportunities throughout the dance season.


More about the Pre-Elementary Program

Classes take place after school and on weekends and will include 4 to 5 days of classes per week. Dancers can expect a total of 11 to 15 hours of class per week.

Dancers are required to attend all classes and no program exceptions will be considered. This is in order to maintain the commitment and skill-level required for all dancers to be a part of the repertoire company.

Admission is by audition in April 2016.

Dancers are also invited to register in the Junior Summer Dance Intensive each July/August.

Dancers interested in a less committed schedule can register for Level 6 or Level 7 as part of our General Program.

Program Details

Schedule and Fees: The 2017/2018 Dance Program Schedule and Fees will be available here in early May.

Dress Code: The 2017/2018 Dance Dress Code will be available here in early May.

How to Register: The 2017/2018 Dance Registration Form will be available here in early May.

Pre-Elementary Program Instructors:

Click here to learn more about our faculty and accompanists.

Options Beyond the Pre-Elementary Program:

Each Spring, dancers may audition for the Afternoon Professional Training Program or the half-day Professional Training Program.

Alternatively, dancers may register for the Teen Program.