Professional Half-Day Training Program – Intermediate & Senior
Commitment 20+ hours per week
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 Division Training:
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.
Professional Division Eligibility:
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 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 or King George 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:
danceLab Works of Dance
August – At the Roundhouse Theatre
PHD Choreography Showcase
December – At Dance Co Arbutus
Sneak Peek Performance
February – At the Gateway Theatre
Recital & Showcase
May – At the Gateway Theatre
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.
Professional 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.