Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll my child at the Goh Ballet Academy?

If your child is between the ages of 3 – 6, no evaluation assessment is necessary. Please contact the Administrative Office at 604.872.4014 or reception@gohballet.com for more information regarding schedules, fees, duration and levels.

Any child over the age of 7 will require an evaluation for enrolment. Please inquire about open audition times by emailing reception@gohballet.com

What are the schedules and fees of your classes?

If you are looking for the schedule and fees for programs suitable for 4 – 6 year olds, please contact us at reception@gohballet.com.

Anyone over the age of 7 requires an evaluation from our Artistic Staff prior to being accepted, we will be able to provide information on schedule and fees only after the evaluation assessment has been completed and their level has been confirmed by the Artistic Staff.

What makes the Goh Ballet Academy different from other dance training schools?

Only you and your family can make the best choice as to where your child will receive the training and artistic encouragement that is best suited to their needs and abilities. Our Academy strives to create a personally shaped program to provide excellence in classical technique and foster the growth of artistic expression. We offer an unrivalled breadth of performance opportunities and an engaging curriculum that allows dancers to complete full academic studies while pursuing pre-professional, intensive dance training. From childhood through adolescence, our goal is to ensure your child experiences positive, encouraging feedback to stimulate their personal growth as an artist and performer.

I know your Annual Program runs from September to June. If I didn't register and/or have my evaluation assessment or audition before September, am I too late to join the Academy?

Depending on when you are inquiring about an evaluation or audition, we may be able to assist with registration after September. Please reception@gohballet.com regarding your eligibility.

I'm from outside of Vancouver and I can’t be assessed in person. What should I do?

Senior Professional School: Students who are unable to audition in person are required to email a 15 minute video audition and completed registration form.

Goh Ballet Youth Company Canada: Students who are unable to audition in person are required to email a 15 minute video audition and completed registration package.

Please send a $50.00 (Fifty Dollars) cheque or money order in Canadian funds payable to Goh Ballet Inc. in order to have your audition DVD processed and viewed for assessment.

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What do I have to wear to classes?

Students attending our Annual Program are required to wear the school uniform. We sell our uniforms and other ballet attire at the Goh Ballet Shop located at our Goh Main and Goh Oakridge locations.

What if I cannot attend a class?

Students enrolled in our annual programs at Goh Main and Goh Oakridge should email attendance@gohballet.com if they will be absent from class.

Students participating in our outreach programs should notify Ms. Tanya Phelps, Associate Director of Outreach and Programming, at tphelps@gohballet.com if they are unable to attend a class.

Is there parking available?

Goh Main does not have a dedicated parking facility but there are a few paid parking and street parking sites nearby.

Goh Oakridge shares a parking lot with The Bay.

  • Pay Parking lots: Easy Park has a few parking lots in the area (4 within a 10-minute walk).
  • Street Parking: Street parking varies significantly within the area. Please always be aware of the street signs when parking to avoid being ticketed or towed.
    • Metered parking exists in the immediate vicinity, but it is very busy during certain times.
    • 2-hour free parking is also available to the east of Main St, but not always available.
    • There is a limited amount of free parking near Dude Chilling Park, which is less than a 10-minute walk to Goh Ballet.

What do I need to bring with me?

Yoga mat for Pilates class and Body Conditioning Class Water bottle and towel, Ballet outfit for classes (detailed list will be provided in the handbook prior to start of classes)

Will I have a chance to book private lessons during the program?

Yes, if a student is interested in taking private lessons you will need to submit a private lesson request form. The requests will be evaluated by the Director and the Instructor you wish to book with. It is not guaranteed that we will be able to accommodate your request, the main factors being studio availability and the instructors schedule possibilities.

What if I want to stay and train in the Goh Ballet’s Annual Program?

If a student wishes to stay longer, please discuss with your instructor and the Administrative Office and you will be assessed for the appropriate level in the program you are eligible for. The Administrative Office will then provide you with fees and schedules as required.

How much money should I bring for miscellaneous spending?

Money may be needed for social activities, ballet gear, transportation etc. Students should not keep or carry large amounts of cash. We recommend renting a locker during your time at Goh Ballet to ensure your belongings are kept safe. Goh Ballet is not responsible for loss of personal belongings.

What if I do not wish to use the Academy’s home stay option but I require accommodation?

If out-of-town students do not wish to use our home stay, they are responsible for finding their own apartment or suitable accommodation. We suggest you check Airbnb or VRBO for listings.

During the program, are parents allowed to watch classes?

Goh Ballet has a closed-door policy for classes and private lessons. The last day of the program is a demonstration day where all parents and family and friends are invited into the studios to see the progress the students have made. More information will be emailed to families during the first few weeks of the summer program.

What if I cannot attend the class?

If you will be absent from class please email

Are there scholarships available?

The Goh Ballet Academy endeavors to support artistic opportunities for aspiring dancers and is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to qualified students participating in the Summer Dance Intensive program. For more information about scholarship criteria please email us

Will performance opportunities arise from the International Senior or Junior Summer Intensive?

In addition to performing in the Summer Intensive final presentation, graduates of the Summer Intensive Program may also be invited to join the Goh Ballet Academy’s major ballet performance productions and international tours.

What if I do not have a place to stay?

The Goh Ballet Academy is pleased to provide its Summer Intensive students with an extensive network of homestay families in the Vancouver area. Families offering home stay placements have a long-standing relationship with the Academy, and provide a wonderful opportunity for students to discover local culture in a safe family environment. Upon acceptance into the Summer Dance Intensive Program, please contact us homestay details.

May I request a particular roommate?

While the Goh Ballet strives to accommodate special requests for its Summer Dance Intensive participants, roommates cannot be guaranteed.

What are the International Summer Intensive auditions like?

Applicants can audition individually or as part of a group. Scheduled auditions for the Summer Intensive will take place at the Goh Ballet Academy, located at 2345 Main Street in Vancouver. Please contact us to find out the next available dates.
Private auditions can also be arranged – please see FAQ below for more information, or contact the Academy directly.

What if I cannot make it to the scheduled audition?

In an effort to accommodate as many applicants as possible, the Goh Ballet Academy is pleased to offer private and video auditions. For a private audition, please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient date and time. An administrative fee of $50 + GST for each audition appointment, payable in advance, will be charged. For more information about submitting an audition by video, please see below.

How do I audition via video?

For students who are unable to audition in person, please complete and send the registration form to the Goh Ballet office with a copy of your video audition, which should not exceed 15 minutes in length. The visual audition should include barre, centre, pointe (if applicable), and one classical variation. A representative from the Academy will notify you of receipt of your submission and results. Please send a $50 + GST cheque or money order in Canadian funds payable to Goh Ballet Inc. in order to have your audition video processed and viewed for assessment. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

How will I know if my audition video has been received?

A representative from the Goh Ballet Academy will contact you upon receipt of your video. If sending via mail, please allow three weeks for delivery before contacting the Academy directly.

How soon will I find out the results from my audition?

The Goh Ballet Academy will notify applicants of results within three weeks of their audition.

Do you give audition results over the phone or via email?

The Goh Ballet Academy will notify applicants by phone or e-mail of their audition results.

How will you decide the program I will be accepted into?

The Summer Intensive is comprised of three programs: the Children’s Summer Dance Workshops (no evaluation assessment or audition needed), Junior Summer Intensive, and the Senior International Summer Intensive. Applicants will be assessed by the Goh Ballet faculty based on their technical/artistic abilities at the audition, and will then be placed in the most suitable program and training level.

Can I attend only part of the Goh Ballet Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive is a valuable five-week program that offers students the ability to hone their dance skills in a nurturing artistic environment, with direction from some of the world’s most renowned ballet instructors. While the Academy encourages all students to attend the full program, it recognizes that extenuating circumstances may prevent some from completing all aspects of the Intensive. Feel free to speak with an Administrative Staff Member about any circumstances which may prevent you from attending the full program as the Academy prefers to review this on a case by case basis.

What can I wear?

Clothing: We recommend wearing anything you are able to move freely in. ie. Yoga wear.
Shoes: We recommend purchasing soft ballet slippers if you will be taking a number of classes, however, you can try your first class in socks.

What age are your students?

Our adult dance students range from teenagers to adults of all ages. We welcome all individuals to our classes!

How many people are in the class?

Due to the drop in nature of our classes, the amount of people varies. On average, the class size ranges from 8 to 25 people.

How do the teachers accommodate the varying levels in a class?

The teachers encourage everyone to work to the best of their ability and will give individual corrections during class. Occasionally, a teacher may use a student to demonstrate a correction that will benefit all those in attendance.

Do you have parking?

We do not have our own parking lot at Goh Main. There are metered and unmetered parking spaces along 8th Ave. and Quebec St. There is also a paid parking lot on the corner of 7th Ave. and Main St. Goh Oakridge has a free parking lot in front of the studios. (Shared with The Bay)

I previously danced when I was younger, but it has been a number of years since my last class. What do you advise me to do?

We recommend that you drop in for a Level 1 class and see if it is a good fit for you. Because of the drop in nature of our classes, you are able to try different levels without committing to a single level.

I have never danced before, but my schedule does not allow me to come to the Intro classes. Can I come to the Level 1 classes?

Yes, absolutely! Our teachers are accustomed to teaching classes with varying levels and will help you to the best of their ability. Our teachers aim to make your class experience a positive one

Please call 604.872.4014 or email our administrative associates for any additional information.