Our Studio / Founder

 

Our Studio

Dance Co was established in 1992, with two studios upstairs in the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre. Marlowe Windsor, Dance Co’s founder had a vision of a clean, bright, stimulating space that would encourage and enable dancers to be mentored in an inspiring, supportive and professional environment.

In 1995, Dance Co expanded to three studios, and the Junior, Intermediate and Senior companies were added to allow those gifted dancers the ability to excel without barriers. In 1998, Dance Etc, our in-school dance shop was added to better service the needs of our students. In 1999, Dance Co’s growth demanded an expansion to six studios and in January 2000, we moved downstairs to our 7,500 square foot flagship location on the main floor of the Arbutus Village Shopping Centre. In 2011, Dance Co introduced the Professional Division, a highly selective program geared to gifted young dancers with a keen desire to explore their craft both during and beyond their high school years.

In September 2016, Dance Co warmly opens a new set of doors to the Vancouver dance community with our second location in East Van, and further establishes thought leadership through the Graduate Training Program for post-secondary dancers interested in pursuing a professional career in dance/teaching.

Over the past 20+ years our founder’s vision has come to fruition as Dance Co now trains over 800 beginner to professional level dancers each year. Mentored by our inspiring faculty, our dancers master a breadth of styles and are well known as diverse and impeccably trained dancers. Many of our students have gone on to have professional careers of their own and are well respected in the dance community. 2016 DCoStamp

Our Future

Dance Co Arbutus will continue to be home to our renowned Recreational, Demi-Comp, Competitive, Company/Intensive and Professional programs. With the addition of our second location, Dance Co East Van, we will provide a convenient alternative location for students to dance with us, and welcome new families to join our Dance Co community.

Dance Co Arbutus

Dance Co evolved from an ambitious idea to a renowned training program within the walls of our original home at Arbutus Shopping Centre. While our building undergoes its own growth into a new state-of-the-art facility, we will continue to provide an exceptional dance experience for dancers in the Greater Vancouver Area in our current facilities that are already the envy of the local dance community. In the meantime we look forward to our newly custom built 10,000 square foot space with striking professional-sized studios and to the evolution of our Arbutus community.

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Dance Co East Van

We are excited to extend our deep-rooted passion for dancing and performing arts to our new East Van location. With four beautifully restored studio spaces and an exceptional faculty, we look forward to opening our doors to dancers in East Vancouver, New West, Burnaby, and beyond.

 

 

 

Marlowe Windsor

Founder / Artistic Director

Marlowe Windsor established Dance Co in 1992 and has since overseen the development of many young dancers and currently emerging dance artists. Her love of dance has taken her to many parts of the world, allowing her to work both with and beside many of dance’s greatest choreographers, dancers and teachers. Marlowe’s joy for teaching is infectious, she loves to share her passion for dance with her students and strives to help each dancer become the best he/she can be both as a dancer and as a person. She is proud to work with such a wonderful, creative and caring faculty, loves her students and is grateful to have the opportunity to introduce young people to dance!

Marlowe’s  professional credits include a featured role dancing in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics choreographed by Brock Jellison and David Atkins.  Appearing as ‘Suzie’ in the made for TV musical and soundtrack Bye Bye Birdie, alongside cast members Jason Alexander, Tyne Daley and Vanessa Williams with choreography by the esteemed Anne Reinking.  Playing a featured dance role in the Bravo TV dance spectacular Swinging Nutcracker,  partnered by Paul Becker with choreography by Lisa Stevens and dance tours of the Middle East, Europe, Caribbean and Asia.

Marlowe has received numerous choreography awards and her students consistently receive high score awards and recognition for their outstanding performances. Marlowe is a member of BC Dance Educators and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

Marlowe consistently travels to New York, Los Angeles and Europe to study, perform, teach, and re-highlight her passion for dance.