Levels of Training
No specific time commitment - take as many classes as you wish!
Recreational ~ Pre-Primary, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
Our once-a-week recreational dance classes focus on instilling a love of dance and a joy for movement. Students wear Dance Co uniforms to class as guided by the dress code (available at Vancouver Dance Supply). Open to all level of dancers, the classes also work towards the goal of a final performance. September to June classes participate in the formal year-end recital performance and January to June classes participate in an in class “Informance” at the end of the session.
Demi-Competitive ~ Pre-Primary, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
Commitment 2.5 - 4 hours per week
Dance Co’s Demi-Competitive division dancers have the opportunity to study ballet, jazz, tap, stage, lyrical, and/or contemporary. The Demi-Comp program is designed for students looking to explore competitive dance opportunities without the additional time commitment required for full competition programs.
Mentored by our encouraging faculty, our Demi-Competitive students enjoy a fun class environment, while building a strong dance foundation. Demi-Competitive classes cover both technical training and choreography in each lesson.
Demi-Competitive dancers perform 3 times throughout the year: at the Demi-Comp pre-show, at a local competition/festival, and at our year-end recital.
Competitive ~ Primary, Junior, Intermediate & Senior
Commitment 5-6 hours per week
These classes are designed for the more serious dance student aged 7+. Students must love to perform and work hard; they must have self-motivation and a desire to excel, as the expectations are higher than those of a recreational class. Dancers will learn to succeed as a team while developing poise, discipline, respect, confidence, professionalism, strength, co-ordination and more.
The Competitive programs are based on 2 classes a week per discipline. The Ballet/Jazz Program will also have a compulsory Stage or Contemporary requirement. Competitive Hip Hop and Breakdance students are strongly urged to study both disciplines in conjunction with each other, in order to strengthen all aspects of each style. Students prepare for competitions in choreography classes and develop their skills in technique classes.
Students must be able to handle a certain amount of pressure, as the expectations from the instructors are higher than those of students in Demi-Competitive classes.
Students will perform in the ‘Sneak Peek’ Pre-show in either February or March and will compete in two regional festivals in the spring. Competitive groups will also perform in Dance Co’s year-end recital at the end of May. Competitive groups and solos may be eligible to present festival winning routines at our “Showcase” honours performance.
Intensive & Company ~ Junior, Intermediate & Senior
Commitment 6-12 hours per week
Dance Co’s Intensive and Company classes provide an excellent base for our most serious and gifted students. This program is for the dancer aged 9-19 who truly loves to dance, wants to excel at a faster rate and loves to be on stage. Dancers in the Company and Intensive programs must have a desire to improve and excel, be prepared to have excellent attendance, be open to accepting and applying constructive criticism and corrections and they must practice outside of class.
Company members train multiple days a week, and can focus on Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Stage, and Contemporary and/or Tap, Hip Hop and Breakdance. Additional Acro, Body Conditioning, and Pointe classes will be offered to Company dancers on a supplementary basis where appropriate. Company members are urged to take all of their classes together to create a team spirit, which is integral to their ability to perform and excel as dancers. Dedication and commitment on the part of both the student and parent is crucial to this program’s success. Dancers in the Company and Intensive Programs are also offered the opportunity to attend workshops and conventions where they take class from international guest teachers. The dancers gain a great deal of stage experience, assisting the general ability to present oneself in life!
Company members will perform in Dance Co’s ‘Sneak Peek’ Pre-show February or March, compete provincially at three festivals in March, April and May. Dancers in this program will do at least one out of town event and more may be added. Students at this level are expected to make every effort to attend all dance events with their group. Students and their families should prepare accordingly. Groups will also perform in Dance Co’s year end recital at the end of May. Groups may be eligible to present festival winning routines at our “Showcase” honours performance.
Professional Half-Day ~ Intermediate & Senior
Commitment 15+ hours per week
Dance Co’s impeccable faculty provides a highly competitive Pro Half-Day Dance/Academic Program to gifted young dancers. In addition to advanced dance ability and natural talent, individuals participating in this extensive, all-embracing training program must possess a passion for, and dedication to, dance. This intense and demanding program requires full commitment from both the students, and also their families. All classes demand high levels of physical strength, technique and discipline.
The Pro Half-Day training program is eligible to grade 8-12 students, who are looking for a highly challenging educational training program that will allow for the balance of both dance instruction, and fulfillment of scholastic requirements, concurrently. The Pro Half-Day training program is open to students who are looking for a highly challenging educational training program that will allow for the balance of both dance instruction, and fulfillment of scholastic requirements, concurrently. This intense program allows dancers to allocate additional hours during the school day to dance, and yet still meet their academic requirements.
Pro Half-Day Program dancers must have a tremendous desire to excel; as they will train 5 days a week, Monday to Friday with minor weekend involvement from time to time. Classes begin mid-day and are finished by early evening most days of the week. Dancers will train in a wide range of dance genres including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Hip Hop, Improvisation, and Student Choreography. Additionally, dancers are required to participate in Dance Co’s Teacher-Training Program.
Dance Co offers the Pro Half-Day Program as an option to those dancers seriously considering a long term path in the creative world of dance. Dancers will be taught the foundation and tools to succeed in professional dance careers; but more importantly, dancers will be encouraged and inspired to learn, grow and flourish.
Graduate Program ~ 18 years+
Dance Co is proud to extend our world-class dance education to post-secondary dancers, teachers, and choreographers with the introduction of our new Graduate Training Program (GTP).
Within the walls of Dance Co East Van (Fraser & 41 St.), a newly restored studio haven, Dance Co’s Graduate Training Program provides students with the tools and opportunities to succeed in the professional dance world in performance, teaching, and/or choreography endeavours.
Note: Select GTP courses will be available at our spacious Arbutus facility, schedule dependent.
Open to students with advanced pre-professional training, Dance Co’s intensive program allows dancers to focus on their desired concentration while continuing to enhance their artistry and technical mastery.
Dance Co’s Graduate Training Program offers students a well-rounded technical and pedagogical foundation with a focus on deep and formative teaching practices. The training program also provides students with invaluable performance opportunities making Dance Co’s GTP a beneficial investment for emerging young artists and current dance teachers looking for elevated professional dance exposure.