Graduate Training Program

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.


The GTP features a number of master classes taught by guest faculty and industry leaders. These classes, in both technique and dance educator training, are designed to not only strengthen and inspire the body, but also to give students the knowledge they need to be an exceptional force in the larger dance industry. A sample class offering is included below:

Master Class Training in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Improvisation, Conditioning & Flexibility, Hip Hop, Tap, and Acrobatics

Dance Educator Training: Cecchetti Associate Training, Nutrition, Musicianship, Experiential Anatomy, Injury Prevention, Pedagogy, Technique Progressions, Choreography Composition, Dance Technology, New Media, Production, and Grant Writing.


Terri-Lynne Banfield

Wendi Danbrook

Sarah Dolan

Lisa Gelley

Megan Green

Heather Laura Gray

Chris Hale

Heather Kendell

Calen Kurka

Shay Kuebler

Renee Sigouin

Colleen Schnurr

Dayna Szyndrowski


Dance Co’s Graduate Training Program members will perform a full-length professional feature production of ensemble work. Students will also take the stage at international festivals, industrials, and community events specifically chosen to hone their performance skills, network, and help navigate the professional world of dance in preparation for their own professional work.

Registration by term or year and drop-in classes available. Please inquire for details.


Each accepted Dance Co GTP student is eligible to apply for a bursary/scholarship to help support their dance education. For more information, please contact


Entry into Dance Co’s Graduate Training Program is by audition only. To apply dancers may request a private in-person audition or submit a video audition through


To download Dance Co’s Graduate Training Program Info Package 2017/18, click here.