Professional Half-Day Division
About our Pro Half-Day Division
Dance Co’s impeccable faculty provides a highly competitive Professional 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. If dance is your life, this is the program for you!
Professional Half-Day dancers have the opportunity to work with award-winning nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and mentors. Dancers train and study in all disciplines all aspects of dance, including anatomy, bodywork, conditioning, musicology, choreography, and dance history. Additionally, PHD students have the chance to hone their pedagogical skills as part of Dance Co’s Teacher-in-Training Program. Dancers will also be given the chance to work on choreography projects throughout the program to explore their artistry and creativity.
The Professional Half-Day Training Program is eligible to grade 8-12 students who are looking for a highly challenging educational training program that enables them to balance a rigorous 20+ hours dance-training schedule while concurrently maintaining a high academic standard. This fantastic program allows dancers to allocate additional hours during the school day to dance, and yet still meet – and often exceed – their academic requirements.
All students must either be part of the Magee Senior Secondary SPARTS programs, or obtain permission from their home school (the home school must have a non-rotating block schedule). The SPARTS program students are encouraged in their performance opportunities throughout the year. Rather than penalizing students for absences, academic teachers at SPARTS schools give students the flexibility to make up classwork that conflicts with performances.
For more information on the Magee SPARTS Program – click here.
Professional Division Performances
PHD Choreography Showcase -- Showcase of choreography developed during Pro-Half Day Program
December – At Dance Co Arbutus
Sneak Peek Performance -- Pre-show for dancers to prepare for upcoming competitions
February – At the Gateway Theatre
Recital & Showcase -- Year-end show
May – At the Gateway Theatre
*Dancers may be given additional performances throughout the year.
Dance Festivals & Competitions
Dance Co’s Professional Half-Day dancers compete both regionally and at an out of town event each season, and are required to travel to meet their competition schedule. In past years members of our PHD program trained and/or competed in Italy, New York, Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, and Los Angeles. In each city, our PHD dancers took home scholarships for outstanding achievement, gold standings, and overall high score awards.
Pro Half-Day Division Auditions
Any student wishing to dance at the Professional Half-Day level must attend the auditions for placement in January. Students who are undecided on dancing in the Professional Half-Day program should still attend auditions in order to keep their options open.
Auditions are open to ALL interested applicants from Grade 8 to 12.
For more information and requirements of our Professional Division, please contact the Dance Co Office.
danceLab 2019 - Pro Half-Day Students
August 19-30, 2019
danceLab is specially designed for our Competitive, Intensive, Company and Professional Half-Day students. This unique summer intensive features technique classes in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Core Alignment, Body Awareness/Anatomy, Improv, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. Also, dancers will be given the amazing opportunity to work with international choreographers and learn pieces to compete throughout the year. Save the date for 2018!
CLICK HERE for details about danceLab 2019!
*Please note that danceLab is required for all students accepted into the Professional Half-Day Program and is included in your tuition. Please contact the Dance Co office if you have any conflicts.