Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella share a commitment to nurturing young dance talent

Through a newly developed Memorandum of Understanding, the two organizations look forward to having a larger collective impact on the future of dance.

Ballet BC & Arts Umbrella Affiliation

The Memorandum of Understanding aligns two of British Columbia’s leading dance organizations that have long shared similar, progressive artistic visions for dance. Under the leadership of Medhi Walerski, Artistic Director at Ballet BC, and Artemis Gordon, Artistic Director for Dance at Arts Umbrella, the alliance extends the potential impact of international choreographers collaborating with Ballet BC or Arts Umbrella and provides new opportunities for young dancers. Over the long term, the alliance aims to strengthen B.C.’s dance community and to solidify Vancouver’s increasing identity as a launching point for internationally acclaimed dance performance and dance careers.


International Summer Dance Intensive

August 3 – 21 2020
A Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella Collaboration

Three weeks of intensive training for aspiring professionals with internationally renowned instructors and choreographers!

Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella join forces in an Advanced International Summer Intensive Program for ages 17+. This exciting program designed for the auditioning dancer helps develop skills for entrance into the professional dance world. Over an intensive 3-week period dancers will train in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary repertoire, improvisation and the creative process. This program is in connection with the successful Arts Umbrella International Summer Dance Intensive that for years has been bringing high calibre contemporary dance education to students across the world.

Admission Details

Past instructors include:
Maya Adam, Bev Aitchison, Gioconda Barbuto, Eric Beauchesne, Sidra Bell, Roberto Campanella, Glenn Gilmour, Artemis Gordon, Raymond Hilbert, Donna Krasnow, James Kudelka, Doug Letheren, Francisco Martinez, Eric Miles, Andrea Miller, Heather Myers, Alexandra Wells, Thomas Klein, Amy Raymond, Risa Steinberg, Lesley Telford, Michael Trent, among others.