About Pacific DanceArts

Pacific DanceArts is for students of all levels, with a proven commitment to excellence in training. Pacific DanceArts' training programs and classes range from pre-school to professional as well as the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus exams. With both general classes and professional programs offered, students range in age from 3 years old and upwards with classes being offered for all age groups in most forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pas de deux, and pointe as well as numerous live stage performances throughout the school season.

- Students of Intensive Class 2013 -

Pacific DanceArts respects the unique qualities of each individual and develops the young dancers' artistic talents without discouraging the students' joy of dance. Each student is supported and encouraged to explore their creative path. Pacific DanceArts is committed to provide up to date dance training and will continue to evolve in step with the world of dance. The Half-Day Intensive Training Program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in Canada. Today, Pacific DanceArts is truly an international dance institution with students from the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Holland, Japan, China, and across Canada. Students travel to Vancouver from local places such as Vancouver Island, Interior BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, as well as from across the world, to train specifically with Pacific DanceArts.

Dance Magazine

"… Li Yaming, gave her the tools to understand her body and work with it intelligently. 'He taught me to know what works for me and what doesn’t. With the body I was given, that’s what I needed…' says Van Buskirk…"
- Dance Magazine January 2012 -


Graduates of Pacific DanceArts’ half-day intensive program have gone on to dance professionally with companies such as: Atlanta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet de la Rheine, Ballet Florida, Ballet Jorgen, Compañía de Danza Clásica y Neoclásica de Jalisco, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Het International, Houston Ballet, Landestheater Detmold, Les Grands Ballets de Montreal, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Staatsoper Berlin, Stadttheatre Bremerhaven, Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet de Monterrey, Tanztheatre Osnabruk, New York Theater Ballet and more.

Rachel Van Buskirk
Yoko Kanamata / Mark MacKillop
Anna O'Callaghan