International Summer Dance Intensive

Ages: 12 and up (Academic Grade 8 and up)

Audition required.

August 3-21, 2020

At Arts Umbrella’s International Summer Dance Intensive, world-renowned teachers, choreographers and repetiteurs offer a dance experience that will lead dancers to reach their performance potential. The intensive full-day, three-week program includes Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, and Pas de Deux for advanced students, as well as Gaga, Modern, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Contemporary, Movement Exploration, and Coaching, and Conditioning.

Admission is by audition only. Visit our audition page for more information about our admission process including audition information.


2020 Guest Teachers (subject to change)

Aurélie Cayla – Repetoire, Nederlands Dans Theatre
Francisco Martinez – Ballet, Juilliard Dance Faculty
Katherine Cowie – Repetoire, Holland
Lesley Telford – Repetoire, Arts Umbrella Dance Faculty
Lia Poole – Contemporary, Holland
Lukas Timulak – Repetoire, Holland
Marc Boivin – Modern, Montreal
Rafael Sady – Repetoire, Cullberg Ballet
Risa Steinberg – Limon, Juilliard Dance Faculty
Tom Weinberger – TBC, Israel
Valentina Scaglia – Repetoire, Holland
Yvan Dubreuil – Repetoire, Nederlands Dans Theatre

and more tbc.

2019 Guest Teachers

Aurelie Caya – Repetoire, Nederlands Dans Theatre
Francisco Martinez – Ballet, Juilliard Dance Faculty
Gioconda Barbuto – Improvisation, Montreal
James Kudelka – Ballet, Toronto
Katherine Cowie – Repetoire, Holland
Lia Poole – Contemporary, Holland

Lukas Timulak – Repetoire, Holland
Marc Boivin – Modern, Montreal
Rafael Sady – Repetoire, Cullberg Ballet
Risa Steinberg – Limon, Juilliard Dance Faculty
Tom Weinberger – TBC, Israel
Valentina Scaglia – Repetoire, Holland
Yvan Dubreuil – Repetoire, Nederlands Dans Theatre

Ludmila Pagliero– Paris Opera Ballet

Past Teachers

Glenn Gilmour F.I.S.T.D. (C.S.B.) (The National Ballet School)
James Kudelka
Risa Steinberg (Limon Technique)
Donna Krasnow (Limon Technique)
Amy Raymond – Forsythe Company and Dutch National Ballet
Heather Myers – Boston Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre
Alexandra Wells (The Juilliard School)
Maya Adam (Ballet Dresden)
Raymond Hilbert (Ballet Dresden)
Thomas Klein (Compania Nacional de Danza de Nacho Duato)
Lesley Telford (Nederlands Dans Theatre)
Roberto Campanella (Proartedanza)
Eric Miles (les Ballets Jazz de Montréal)
Michael Trent (formerly Toronto Dance Theatre)
Bev Aitchison (L’Ecole supérieure de dance)
Sidra Bell (Sidra Bell New York)
Andrea Miller (Artistic Director Gallim Dance)
Francisco Martinez (The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey School NYC)

Gioconda Barbuto (Netherlands Dans Theatre III)

Program Details 2020

Admission: ISDI admission is by audition only. More information here.

Venue: This year, Arts Umbrella is thrilled to again be collaborating with Simon Fraser University and the School of Contemporary Arts and The Dance Centre in the use of their facilities featuring 6 world-class studios centrally located in Downtown Vancouver.

Advanced Level with Ballet BC: In collaboration with Ballet BC (Artistic Director, Emily Molnar), Arts Umbrella offers an advanced level designed for the auditioning dancer looking to develop skills for entrance into professional dance.

Financial Assistance: Limited financial assistance from Arts Umbrella’s Bursary Fund may be eligible for AU students. Bursary application package to accompany registration package. Applicants will be notified.

Scholarships: Scholarships may be offered. Recipients will be notified. As we can only offer a limited amount of scholarships, if you participation depends on extra funding, we highly recommend that you also apply for a scholarship elsewhere.


Arts Umbrella does not provide student housing and housing is the responsibility of the student.

Please contact for more information.

Sample Schedule

Junior Program

  • Ballet 9:00–10:30
  • Coaching 10:30–11:30
  • Modern 12:00–1:30
  • Repertoire 1:30–2:45
  • Movement 2:45–4:15
  • Jazz 4:30–6:00

Advanced Program:

  • Ballet 9:00–1030
  • Mens’ Work 10:30–11:15
  • Pointe 11:15–12:00
  • Gaga 12:30–1:45
  • Modern 2:00-3:30
  • Repertoire 3:45–6:00

    Past repertoire has included: Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Sharon Eyal


For more information about ISDI 2020, please contact