Mission and Diversity Statement

Our Mission is to:

Provide a positive, nurturing and challenging environment where all are inspired to embrace their creative potential.
Set high artistic standards in teaching and performance.
Present dance as a life-enhancing experience for our students and our community.
Encourage the appreciation of dance as an art form.


Columbia Dance Center Value Statements

INCLUSIVENESS at all ages levels, all levels of ability, all genders, all body types, and all involved have opportunities to participate.

DISCIPLINES within a broad-based dance curriculum including ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and ethnic dance.

FACULTY of professional dance instructors with varied preparatory and experiential backgrounds that provide a nurturing learning environment.

PERFORMANCES that offer opportunities to participate in a variety of venues including the annual production of The Nutcracker, regional festivals and community service projects.

COMMUNITY EXPOSURE TO THE ARTS by involving students in related art forms such as music, drama, stagecraft and literature.

BENEFITS TO DANCERS via performance in various venues that enhance self-discipline and physical well-being, build self-confidence, poise and grace while encouraging acceptance.

PROMOTION OF THE ARTS via partnerships with area corporations, businesses, schools, private enterprise and other community arts organizations.


Since its founding, in 1987 by Wendy de la Harpe and Jan Asai, Columbia Dance Company has been engaged in bringing quality dance to the greater Vancouver Washington area.

This valuable cultural resource not only offers a variety of training and performing experiences for aspiring dancers, but also reaches into the community by providing outreach and community service. Our school provides professional quality instruction in classical ballet and other pertinent dance forms in an environment that nurtures technical excellence and artistic sensibilities in a rigorous and supportive atmosphere. The Company maintains two performing ensembles determined by appropriate age and technical ability.

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Becky Moore, Columbia Dance Company celebrates its 21st season. Columbia Dance excels in offering a positive, rigorous and nurturing environment where young artists will be inspired to fully embrace their creative potential.  Standards of excellence in teaching and performance create an atmosphere for life enrichment through developing every dancer’s unique artistic voice.

Every year, Columbia Dance Company stages a full length Nutcracker as well as their Spring Gala which features choreographic premiers and the restaging of classical ballets as well as Columbia Dance Presents!, our annual school performance.  In addition to its public performances, over 2,000 school children annually attend the Nutcracker. The Choreographer’s Showcase, designed to encourage pre-professional choreographers, has been hosted by Columbia Dance for the past seventeen years.

Columbia Dance Company was a proud member of the Regional Dance America/Pacific Region from 1997-2018, which annually presents a Festival of some of the finest dance companies from across the Western United States.

Both the School and the Company of Columbia Dance are non-profit organizations. Our performances and scholarship program are made possible through the generous support of our volunteers and donors.