Intensive Training Program
ITP provides the education aspiring dancers need to pursue a career in commercial dance. Our classes, seminars and mentorship help dancers realize their future in this industry.
Directed by Moe Brody, ITP consists of 25 hours per week in company training and classes from Harbour’s extensive schedule.
After graduating high school, dance training becomes your own responsibility. ITP structures your post secondary training and introduces new genres of commercial dance that compliment your preexisting studio training. In a supportive, non-competitive environment, our teachers help students discover new artistic talents that launch them into professional dance careers.
What makes ITP unique is the recognition of the need for mentorship and relationships within the industry. ITP is more than dance. It is about growing into an independent young adult who is confident and capable. You will learn what dance means to you and how it plays a role in your future.
Our Program Includes
Weekly meetings with directors and fellow participants
Classes with HDC Faculty and Guest Instructors
Training with The Vancouver Circus School
Performance and Choreography opportunities
Professional Photo Shoots
Demo Reels, Headshots and Resumes
US Visa Qualification
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Next program term
September 2019 - June 2020
- March 9th, 2019 @ 4pm sign-in
- Harbour Dance Centre
- Friday, April 12th at 12pm
- Alive Danceworks 401-722 85 Street SW Calgary AB T3H 1S6
What to bring at auditions
A current headshot or photo, an updated training and performance resume, contemporary jazz and hip hop attire. No pre-registration required.
In addition to the company classes, each student must take 8 – 10 classes from our HDC schedule. This class schedule is customized for each dancer. The director helps guide the students to build a schedule beneficial for their training. Six of these classes make up the students mandatory semester classes (2 ballet, 2 street/hip hop, and 2 contemporary-jazz) and change every 2 months. The remaining 2-4 classes can be a more focused genre the student prefers. These electives can be changed weekly, giving the student flexibility in choosing their schedule. (Note: 10 classes does not equal 10 hours, some classes are 1.5 hours).
It is important in today’s environment to be accomplished in many styles. More and more Broadway and tour style shows are hiring dancers trained in street styles, technical dance and circus. More diverse training equals more work options!
ITP works towards their year-end show at The Norman Rothstein Theatre in June, as well as a spring preview show in March, “Under One Roof” where they showcase pieces choreographed by HDC faculty and guest teachers.
Harbour Dance Centre receives many opportunities to perform in the city. Choreography pieces are set on the students from our faculty, which we use for these events. At these performances, ITP is a representative of HDC for volunteer or paid events.
In the past, ITP has performed at WE Day, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Vancouver Fashion Week, Brilliant!, Holt Renfrew Fashion Shows, International Salsa Festival, Chinese Cultural Event, The Spring Show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Urban Alchemy, Vancity Project, Building Dreams, International Tap Day, The Lamondance Company, Winter Wonderland, Shine, A Night of Stars, Mingle of the Jingles, Gala For Gold, Children’s Hospital Gala, Shaw TV, Make-a-wish Foundation, Port of Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Sun Run, Artists Emerge, YVR Halloween and many more industrials.
Previous Choreographers have included: Liz Tookey, Julie Tomaino, Joanne Pesusich, JP Tarlit, Carlo Atienza, Keiran Bohay, Joe Tuliao, Val Ho, Ben Ritter, Amber Funk-Barton, Heather Laura Gray, Heather Dotto, Christina Woodard, Moe Brody, Jim Hibbard, Sarah Brinson, Kelsey Chase, Julio Fuentes, Toni Shenfield, Andrea Dvorak, Greer Whillans, Sarah Dolan, Tessa Tamura and Chris Bonus.
Out of city applicants
You are responsible for your own accommodation if you are moving to Vancouver. As there are many students who come from out of town, we find that many of them will search for apartments together to save on cost. After acceptance into the program, a private Facebook group helps the dancers find fellow potential roommates.
University and ITP
Many students ask if it is possible to participate in ITP and go to University at the same time - it is possible. Please ensure that your school schedule works with the ITP company classes on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Many students have completed both; time management must be at its best.
Eligibility and how to apply
Students must be at least 17 years of age or graduated high school. Skill level must be at an intermediate/advanced level in contemporary-jazz and ballet.
Acceptance into the program is by audition only. See above for audition details.
If you are auditioning via video, we request footage of Jazz/Ballet technique (turns, extensions and jumps), a piece of Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop choreography. These submissions must be sent by the final audition (check the website for current dates). We accept video links on YouTube and flash drives.