Victoria School of Contemporary Dance

at 716 Johnson Street, Victoria, v8w-1n1 Canada

Victoria School of Contemporary Dance is one of the leading centres for Contemporary Dance training in Western Canada.

Victoria School of Contemporary Dance
716 Johnson Street
Victoria , BC v8w-1n1
Contact Phone
P: 250-383-7183


Victoria School of Contemporary Dance is one of the leading centres for contemporary dance training in Western Canada. VSC Dance is one of a handful of non-commercial schools, Canada-wide, committed to cross-training that is grounded equally in the disciplines of modern dance and ballet technique. The result - non-patterned, versatile, adaptable contemporary dancers with solid modern and ballet training. From beginner to professional classes, youth to adults, Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance offers a fresh, innovative and non-competitive atmosphere. We are an open minded centre for movement innovation that celebrates the joy of dance in each and everyone of us. VSC Dance complements its regular program of sound technical training with additional inventive programming that promotes exceptionally strong improvisation skills, broad choreographic experience, multiple performance opportunities, and focused one-on-one mentorship in creative process. VSCD faculty combine teaching, choreography, and professional performance experience to provide skillful, sensitive, and individual training for every dancer, encouraging full, creative expression among both children and adults. Victoria School of Contemporary Dancers are creative, disciplined, technically proficient and self-motivated Professional Training Programme: This programme is designed for the serious student, age 12 and up who wishes to pursue a professional career in dance. Careful attention is given to develop dancers who are self-directed, versatile, open-minded, physically confident, and who have a solid understanding of functional anatomy and creative expression. Individual Programming is created for each student; classes include modern technique, contemporary ballet, improvisation, repertoire, and conditioning. All Professional Students perform with one of our resident companies. Wings Mentorship Programme – For Emerging Dance Professionals: This one year programme encourages artistic risk, adventure and gives young emerging professionals the opportunity to work with established professionals in the Canadian Contemporary Dance Scene. The Mentorship Programme includes: Movement Classes, Workshops and Coaching, acceptance into a semi professional contemporary company and an apprenticeship with Company Constance Cooke Dance, working along side established professional dancers, this is an opportunity to put into action the skills and tools honed in workshops and classes throughout the season. Careful attention is given to create specific programming that supports the individual needs of each dancer.

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FACULTY Constance Cooke Choreographer, Educator of Contemporary Dance, Filmmaker Cooke is a Canadian Dance Artist with a professional career that has spanned over 25 years. She is the Artistic Director of the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, Company Constance Cooke Dance, Dance For The Camera and Fizzik’l. She is on Faculty with the Bridge Programme with Ballet Victoria and Victoria Academy Of Ballet and she is a frequent guest teacher and choreographer across the country. Many of Cooke's students are currently dancing with professional companies throughout Canada, the United States and Europe and have gone on to establish their own companies and independent careers. Cooke has sent numerous students to some Last season Cooke premiered seven new works including commissions by Ballet Victoria, Cadence Contemporary Dance and White Birch Ballet. I Be Caribou premiered at The Uno Festival in May 2012 and Flightless Aviators and Angels premiered in The Dancing On The Edge Festival in Vancouver in July. In August Cooke premiered Triangular Forest at Romp in The Square presented by Suddenly Dance. Cooke has produced a number of short dance videos including ‘Anarchists Footwear ? which had its American debut in New York (2009) at the Dance on Camera Film Festival. Constance has taught Choreography for the Frame for the Dance for the Camera Intensive in Victoria and for the CanAsian Dance Festival in Toronto. Cooke is thankful to have been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants from The Canada Council of the Arts, BC Arts Council, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Vancouver Foundation and Dance Victoria. She is a graduate of Ryerson University Dance Programme. Kelly Hobson Kelly is a graduate of Vancouver’s Main Dance professional dance program where she studied many forms of modern dance including Graham, Laban Notation, Contact Improvisation and Bhuto. She was privileged to train with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In Vancouver, Kelly has performed professionally with Tantrum Dance Collective. Her choreography has also been commissioned by Farley Johansson (co-artistic director of Science Friction Dance Company. In Victoria, Kelly has performed and created work for Light on our Feet, Tri-Pod Dance Collective's BOUNCE and Suddenly Dance’s ROMP Festival of Independent Dance.. Kelly also choreographs and performs as an actor and dancer for Victoria's Atomic Vaudville. Over the years, Kelly has worked with a number of acclaimed dance educators and artists such as Helen Walkley, Sylvain Brochu, Margie Gillis. Massimo Agostinelli, Tedd Senmon Robinson and Barbara Bourget. While in Toronto training with the School Of Toronto Dance Theatre Kelly worked with noted choreographers Christopher House, David Earl, and Rosemary James. Jung-Ah Chung Jung-Ah graduated from the Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea,Appearing in Empty Space at the 4th Recontres Choreographiques Internationales De Seine-Saint Denis, she was awarded a Best Dancer's Prize. Since she moved to BC and has worked with Constance Cooke, Ballet Victoria, TriPOD Dance Collective, Out of the Box Productions, Suddenly Dance Theatre, Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance, Vancouver City Ballet Theatre and Battery Opera. Chung’s has been invited to present her own choreography at Tangente in Montreal, CanAsian Festival, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, Victoria’s Uno Festival and ROMP. Chung has also performed in a number of dance for camera films including Rush of Water/Rush of Air, Nature ecstasy, Opium and Aisling for Bravo, she has also directed, choreographed and performed in her own film Drive. Chung toured three cities in Korea in the summer of 2008 and was invited back for The 10th Next Wave Dance Festival in 2009. With her non-stop versatile performances she was chosen as The Victoria’s Favourite Choreographer and the favourite Dancer by M-Awards, Monday Magazine. And Chung is the recipient of Dance Victoria’s 2011 Chrystal Dance Prize and 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominee for the best performance. She has taught at Lynda Raino Dance Studio, Island Dance School, Victoria, Dance Connection, Stage Performing Arts and led workshops in various dance festivals and McMaster university and St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Stacy Horton Dancing since the age of 2, Stacy’s dance career has spanned nearly two decades. She has trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Stage. After training in Colorado until the age of 15, she moved to Victoria and began dancing full time. Right out of high school, Stacy landed a position in The Source Dance Company in Vancouver, where she spent the 2006/2007 season. After sustaining numerous foot injuries, she began teaching dance while in recovery and has since grown to love it. Always pursuing new dance experiences, Stacy has travelled overseas to Italy and performed in several cities around the country. Her personal dance achievements include scholarships to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, as well as numerous festival awards in Victoria. Stacy now teaches throughout Victoria and works with local productions including Saltwater Theatre, operated by Opera singer Joanne Hounsell. She is also a dancer/model for the Victoria Camera Club and the Victoria Ballerina Project. Stacy’s choreography has also been extremely well received, and she has had the pleasure of composing soloist pieces taken to Provincials in the spring of 2012. She is always bringing new ideas and styles into her classes, and her energy rarely goes unnoticed. Stacy is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Victoria while remaining active and present in the local dance community. Brandy Baybutt Brandy graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2000. Her main focus in teaching is to provide a positive environment for exploration of the body. Brandy’s most recent interests are Action Theatre as taught by Ruth Zaporah, Pochinko Clowning, and Iyengar Yoga teacher training. She has also been teaching a variety of workshops and summer schools over the past several years. She has danced professionally on the West Coast since 2002 and continues to perform with her own company, “A Horse of Air,” and with other choreographers Brandy performed in Bloodline at "On the Boards" in Seattle last year. In 2010 she was at the Vancouver International Dance Festival in the “White Spider” by Mascall Dance. Previous to that she performed at the VIDF with Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She also performed at Dancing on the Edge festival with Kokoro Dance in “Ghosts.” In 2007 Brandy Baybutt formed the Victoria based dance company "A Horse of Air" with writer and poet Erin Robinsong. Her work has been shown in Victoria at The Metro Theatre, The McPherson Theatre, Bounce (Victoria Event Centre), Upstairs Dances, and in Vancouver at 12 Minutes Max. She has had the opportunity of working with Lynda Raino, Lori Hamar (Suddenly Dance Theatre), Constance Cooke, Ballet Victoria, tripod Collective, and Co.Erasga’s Dance Lab with Lydia Wagerer among others. She has been on faculty at the Lynda Raino Dance Studio since 2003 Guest Artists- Past and Present Robert Halley Robert Halley was born in Toronto and raised in Unionville, Ontario. He began dancing at the age of 14 under the influence of his 2 sisters. His professional training occurred at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver , The Ailey School in NYC, and The School at Jacob's Pillow. He has toured the United States and parts of the Caribbean with Ailey II (the 2nd company of Alvin Aliey American Dance Theatre) teaching in various schools and universities as well as performing in such prestigious venues as The Apollo Theatre, The Kennedy Centre and The Radio City Music Hall. During his time in New York City he also danced for The Fred Benjamin Dance Company and Adams Company Dance. Robert then made history by performing the floor ballet duet alongside his sister in the UK cast of “The Lion King” on The West End; a first for any siblings in this musical. His other Musical Theatre credits include, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Copacabana (Mill Mountain Theatre), and Cats (Drayton Festival). Robert can be seen along side Mike Myers in the closing dance sequence of the feature film, ‘The Love Guru’. He has danced for the following Canadian comapanies, ProArte Danza, Judith Marcuse Projects, Kaeja d'Dance, REAson d’etre productions, Arabesque Dance Company, Dance Theatre David Earle and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Robert's background in dance has exposed him to many other modalities that have complimented his journey. These experiences have inspired him to further studies leading up to being a 3HO Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a Registered Thai Therapist in Nuad Bo Rarn (Ancient Massage, more commonly known as Thai Yoga Massage). Robert recently returned from Osaka, Japan where he performed in WICKED at Universal Studios Japan. While in Japan he was invited by Tomoko Imanaka (Kyoto) to be a guest artist in her production of ‘Trick of Destiny’. He is currently a company member with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Josh Beamish Josh Beamish, Artistic Director of MOVE: the company, began dancing under the direction of his mother Loretta Lachner in Edmonton, Alberta. Upon moving to Vancouver, Josh began his career as an assistant choreographer, and dancer for various feature films and television shows. Outside of MOVE: the company, his works have recently been performed by Toronto Dance Theatre, Halifax Dance, Ballet Kelowna, Dance Saskatchewan, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Ballet Jorgen, the Bellingham Repertory Company and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance in Kansas City. He is the 2009 recipient of a City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award, a 2008 Globe and Mail Dance Award and of artistic residencies at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Centre, the University of Alberta, the Norman Rothstein and Clarke Theatres and the Banff Centre. Josh most recently participated in a choreographic session facilitated by the New York Choreographic Institute, involving the students of the School of American Ballet. He will next create new works for Sylvain Brochu and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance. About MOVE: the company In just 5 short years, MOVE: the company has emerged as one of Western Canada’s most prolific dance companies. Founded in 2005 by current Artistic Director, Josh Beamish, the company has performed across North America at venues such as Montreal’s Tangente and Studio 303, NYC’s Joyce SoHo and San Francisco’s The Garage. At home, the company has recently been presented by the Made in BC: Dance On Tour Program, The VIDF, Dancing on the Edge and the Chutzpah Festival, among others. MOVE:the company recently received the distinction of a commission from the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, as well as the only choreographic residency ever awarded to a Western Canadian by the Djerassi Program in San Francisco, CA. The company will next perform at the 15th Anniversary of the International Ballet Festival in Miami, alongside American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others, and then continue on to the Quinzena de Danca Festival in Portugal. In October 2010, MOVE: the company will have the honour of participating as the only non-Aboriginal Canadian dance company selected by curators Cirque du Soleil for WORLD EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China, where they will perform the Closing Gala of the Canadian Cultural Pavilion. Shay Kuebler | Co-Director of 605 / Performer Shay began his performing career at the age of four with Stage Polaris Theatre Academy, in Edmonton, Alberta. Soon after, he commenced his 8-year study in Genbukai Karate, which lead to his training in dance. With his unique background, Shay has become a very versatile, physical and dynamic dancer and creator, performing across the world, from contemporary dance in Brazil to tapping and hoofing in Lebanon. He has collaborated and performed with numerous dance companies across Canada including MovEnt (Day Helesic), Machinenoisy (Daelik) and Animals of Distinction (Dana Gingras). His creations and collaborations have been shown on stages and screens across Canada. In 2008, Shay received the Holy Body Tattoo Emerging Artist Award and has since had the honor of creating an original work on Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, under direction of Gradimir Pankov, as a recipient of the inaugural National Choreographic Competition.

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Our concert is May 30 at the Metro Theatre. Tech during the day show at 8 pm :)

Published on 2015-03-31 19:32:51 GMT

Spring Break is March 8-15. :)

Published on 2015-02-25 01:43:21 GMT

Awesome classes ysterday for dance days, thanks to all those who came out and to Dance Victoria.

Published on 2015-01-28 16:45:51 GMT

TWO Dance Day classes to check out ths Sunday. ODC Dance Advanced Modern Class @ Dance Victoria Studios Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 605 Collective Professional Level Class @ Dance Victoria Studios Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Limited space. register in advance. with “the class u want ” in subject line.

Published on 2015-01-22 05:04:51 GMT

Interested in performing in Kinky Boots??? We are currently seeking adult male singers and dancers for the Broadway smash hit "Kinky Boots" opening at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in May. Auditions are being held in Vancouver on Saturday January 17th, 2015. We can also see performers Sunday January 18th if needed. Please pass along this information with the attached ad to your dancers, and singers, who have a tenor vocal range. We are striving for an all-Canadian cast for this fabulous show. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Stephanie Gorin Casting, Inc.

Published on 2015-01-09 21:57:33 GMT

Kayla is back in town and will be teaching conditioning thursday night. We love her, if u have make ups get ur butts to class you will love love love her class !!! Thursday 8-9.

Published on 2014-12-17 01:24:09 GMT

Tonight Adv class is combined with 6:30 class. See u then…..

Published on 2014-12-09 22:29:56 GMT

IMPORTANT NEWS Dance 2014/15 Registration If you are coming in person to register for classes, today, Saturday August 30, Tue. or Wed. of next week, please come to 680 Courtney Street. Please ring the bell and I will come open the door for you. As the studio space is brand new, we are not quite ready to have folks inside the premises yet. See you all soon !!! We are so excited for this season !!!! cheers, Connie

Published on 2014-08-30 19:12:58 GMT

Planning new classes for the fall, any music u r in love with I should know about? or Any special requests, like more release work, longer combo's….GO FOR IT…..I am excited to dive into the new season with you all.

Published on 2014-08-26 23:09:13 GMT

Paid help….hey dance friends, I need help with my new data base, it is Microsoft Entourage. Can you help? Private message me if u can.

Published on 2014-08-26 18:04:23 GMT

Summer classes every Wednesday 6:00-7:30 with Kelly Hobson, Jung-Ah Chung and Constance Cooke. Come move, stretch your artistry and sweat !! Drop-in, Professional rates and Class Cards available.

Published on 2014-07-07 23:47:06 GMT

Welcome back dancers! Classes start today, hooray...if you have not yet registered and would like to take class please feel free to come this week and speak with me. Classes are filling up and have a cap so if you're thinking about it, now's the time! See you in the studio!!

Published on 2015-09-08 18:27:12 GMT

Hello dancers! Today is the last day for in house registrations for Victoria School of Contemporary Dance 11am - 1pm at 716 Johnson Street (Up the stairs). Looking forward to seeing you!

Published on 2015-09-05 18:15:33 GMT

Hi folks! Just a little reminder that registration starts tomorrow from 5-7pm at the studio 716 Johnson St...there is a code for the gate...if you don't know it you can call or text me and I will come let you in 250-891-2946...i will post this number on the gate as well. Next reg. date is Saturday from 11am-1pm if you can't make tomorrow. So excited for this season...can't wait to see you all! -Kelly

Published on 2015-09-02 18:46:35 GMT

Hello dancers!! I'm very excited to take on my new role as Artistic's going to be a fun year!....our classes will be at the same location as last year 716 Johnson st through the gates and up the stairs. We are offering 3 Adult Contemporary classes to suit you starting Sept.8th. Beginner - Tuesdays 8-9:30 Intermediate - Wednesdays 6:30-8 Advanced 8-9:30 ... so if you have never danced before and would love to try or have one or two years experience check out our beginner class! If you have loads of contemporary dance experience and want to sweat and have fun come to Advanced and if you know you are somewhere inbetween there or aren't too sure come boogie in Intermediate! These are my favorite classes to teach and a lot of fun to take. For those of you who don't wish to perform you will be happy to know that this year, in lieu of a year end concert, we will be inviting friends and family to observe your last class during our in-house demonstration. Registration can be done online at or in person at the studio.... Thursday Sept. 3rd 5pm-7pm Saturday Sept 5th 11am-1pm I'm really looking forward to diving into this new year with you... you guys make this studio the awesomeness that it is and I can't wait to share this with each one of you. Kelly 250-891-2946

Published on 2015-08-21 04:41:07 GMT

We have exciting news as we move into the 2015/16 Dance Season. I am pleased to announce that Kelly Hobson will taking the reins as Artistic Director of Victoria School Of Contemporary Dance. Kelly has been on faculty with the school since its inception in 2008 and is an integral part of the part of the lineage, philosophy and culture that defines VSC Dance as an open minded- centre for movement innovation. I will remain on board as Artistic Advisor and as a guest teacher. I believe Kelly will bring a fresh, exciting new energy to the studio as she steps into this new role as Artistic Director. I know I could not be leaving the studio in better hands. As for me I will be focusing on my professional work as a creator, guest teacher and choreographer, as well as my work in screen dance. It has meant the world to me to work with each and everyone of you. Much love to you all, xo Connie

Published on 2015-08-17 21:04:43 GMT

Friends I have two tickets for tonight for Romp.Who wants them? Lindsey Renee Derry (San Francisco) and Mahaila Patterson O'Brien, trained here with me in Victoria. (Vancouver) at Intrepid Theatre Club (#2-1609 Blanshard). It's a small theatre so go early. I am not feeling well enough yet to go, damn NC Flu.

Published on 2015-07-20 01:50:03 GMT

ACTORBODY intensive workshop in Victoria July 27 -31; 4-7pm daily with Jo Leslie She will be bringing you the best of 30 years working with the best. Unlock your imagination through your body, speak and move. Its going to be good. And only 8 people get to do it! Only a few spots left. More info and registration

Published on 2015-06-17 20:21:13 GMT

Published on 2015-05-04 22:20:51 GMT

Hey, I made a mistake the concert date is Friday night the 29th of May not Saturday. Can u pass this on please?