The Training Society of Vancouver

Scholarship Program


Scholarship Program

The Training Society of Vancouver offers scholarship opportunities for professional and pre-professional dance artists in Vancouver. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to take Working Class for free. Applicants should have significant pre-professional training and be interested in pursuing a professional dance career and/or dedicating themselves to further training. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. Scholarship recipients are required to commit to attending class at minimum twice per week for the duration of the program.

Interested in applying for the TSV scholarship program? Check this page for updates or drop us a line.


Meet our Fall 2018 scholarship recipients:

Lauren O'Kell

 Photo credit: Baos Photography

Photo credit: Baos Photography

Lauren, originally from Edmonton, AB is a classical and contemporary trained dance artist. Now residing in Vancouver, Lauren is excited to continue her dance career and studies among a welcoming and supportive dance community. Most recently, Lauren danced with the Performance Research Project led by Lesley Telford providing her to work with local artists including Noam Gagnon, Idan Cohen, and Lesley Telford.

Lauren professionally danced with Citie Ballet (now Ballet Edmonton) for two seasons performing classical and contemporary works by many choreographers including Francois Chevennement, Jorden Morris, Heather Myers and Alysa Pires. Lauren’s early training was focused through the Royal Academy of Dance preparing her to successfully achieve the RAD Solo Seal Award, and place as a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, South Africa. She continued her professional training abroad at Miami City Ballet School, as well as attending intensives at Canada's National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre.

Lauren also holds a Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from Grant MacEwan University, and most recently completed her internship at The Dance Centre this past summer.




Kaia Shukin


Kaia is a contemporary dance artist who recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at SFU. In her time at SFU she has had the opportunity to perform in the works of Amber Funk Barton/the response., Peter Bingham, Justine A. Chambers, Company 605, Henry Daniel, Shauna Elton and Rob Kitsos. Outside of her university training Kaia has participated in dance intensives with Company 605, NOW-ID (Salt Lake City, UT) and Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art. Since graduation she has had the privilege of apprenticing with Justine A. Chambers and is grateful to continue her training with the TSV Scholarship.

past Recipients: