Start your career as a professional dancer by learning a full repertoire including ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco in addition to arts entrepreneurship and administration.

Tuition: 30416*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-dance-diploma.pdf
Campus: Arts Umbrella Arts Umbrella
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Professional, entry-level dance technique in ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco
  • Artistic dance movement language and repertoire
  • Elite-level rehearsal skills and performance readiness
  • Coordination and skeletal alignment
  • Anatomical efficiency and movement quality
  • Physical virtuosity, balance, and control
  • Classical line
  • Pointe work (women)
  • Muscular and cardiovascular strength
  • Spinal articulation
  • Coordination and isolations
  • Pas de deux and ensemble work
  • Floor work and jump sequences
  • Time-keeping and rhythmical sense
  • Theatricality and musicality
  • Structured and contact improvisation
  • Use of props, set pieces, voice, and text
  • Western European, African, Latin American, and Indian rhythm traditions
  • Anatomy, injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
  • Emotional health and self-awareness
  • Nutrition and body conditioning
  • Thematic exploration
  • Journaling and composition
  • Information literacy and research skills
  • Critical thinking and creative input
  • Peer evaluation
  • Dance industry knowledge
  • Mentorship and professional dance goal-setting
  • Arts administration and entrepreneurship
  • Ballet and modern dance teaching
  • History of twentieth century Western visual and performing arts

What to expect

  • Studio classes
  • Lectures and presentations
  • Group work
  • Performances
  • Guest choreographers
  • Arts management sessions
  • Performance technology workshops
  • Instructional media
  • Skills demonstrations
  • Practical and theoretical assignments
  • Written examinations

Admission requirements


Admission to the Dance Diploma is a competitive selection process. Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  2. English 10 or equivalent, or English Language proficiency at a grade 10 level.
  3. Be 18 years of age. In special circumstances, a department head may allow an applicant that is 17 years of age to be admitted to the program provided that the applicant has graduated from Grade 12.
  4. Pass an audition performed in front of the Admissions Committee chaired by the Artistic Director, Dance at Arts Umbrella.
  5. Complete a successful interview with the Artistic Director, Dance at Arts Umbrella.

All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the Dance Diploma program must be submitted with the application.

VCC and Arts Umbrella will hold a selected number of seats in the Dance Diploma program for graduating Arts Umbrella students of the preparatory program who will have the opportunity to qualify to directly access the Dance Diploma program.

Deadline for application April 15. All applications must be complete online. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of May. Audition results will be available before the end of May.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

The typical student in the Diploma in Dance will aspire to a career in professional dance in ballet and/or modern dance. Ideal students will seek to develop an advanced level of technical and choreographic skill leading to more advanced professional training. Other students will wish to develop a comprehensive knowledge base in ballet and/or modern dance and arts management skills with an intent to launch private studios or join established training organizations.

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10500 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 30416
Student union283
College initiative183
Materials1107 not including textbooks
Campus resource66
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 570
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
Program-specific extra fees0

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Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.

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