The School of Contemporary Dancers

104-211 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2
ph: 204-452-1239
fx: 204-287-8693

Registered Charitable Number: 895447373RR0001

Arts & Culture (Main Focus Area)

Education (Secondary Focus Area)


The mandate of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers is to prepare students for careers in contemporary dance performance. In realizing this mandate, the objective is to provide a strong technical and artistic training, which will allow dancers to perform the diverse movement styles required by different local, national and international choreographers and companies.


Our Vision is to serve as a leading national contemporary dance-training centre that is richly interconnected with the professional community:

  • To provide a vibrant and stimulating environment for the training of future professionals.
  • To facilitate the transition from student to professional emerging artist.
  • To create a foundation for the School to make significant contributions to the contemporary dance community and, in so doing, to the cultural fabric of Canada.


The School of Contemporary Dancers is recognized as a leading national centre for professional contemporary dance training in Canada. The Professional Program is renowned for the excellence of its’ training methods and high calibre of students and graduates. The School was founded in 1972 by Rachel Browne as a division of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. In 1981, Odette Heyn and Faye Thomson co-founded the School’s Professional Program. In 1995, the School was separately incorporated from the company of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers to better focus on its unique mandate. The School celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012-2013.


Professional Program The core of the School, its mandate is to prepare dancers for professional careers in contemporary dance. Almost all of the graduates attain work within the profession and many have performed with nationally and internationally prominent companies and choreographers.
Junior Program Prepares high school level students and others for entrance into the Senior Professional Program.
General Program Youth and adult community outreach classes open to the public.

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