The Dance Centre
Established in 1986 as a resource centre for the dance profession and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. Seeking to boost the profile of dance, and to develop a stronger infrastructure for the artform, The Dance Centre devises programs and presents performances; manages Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada's flagship dance facility; promotes BC dance to the public and to presenters; and provides resources and services for its membership of dance professionals.
The Dance Centre runs programs and projects which support the professional development of dance creators and performers, and nurture new audiences. Key programs include Artist-in-Residence, where a choreographer undertakes creation, performance, teaching and outreach activities over an extended period of time; DanceLab, in which choreographers collaborate with professionals from other disciplines; Global Dance Connections, a contemporary dance performance series featuring artists from BC, Canada and overseas; and Discover Dance!, an informal noon performance series. Dance In Vancouver is a biennial event showcasing BC-based contemporary dance artists, both to the public and to presenters of dance from around the world.
Scotiabank Dance Centre
For over two decades The Dance Centre spearheaded the drive to create a home for BC's dance community. In 1995 it created The Dance Foundation, an independent not-for-profit society to fundraise for, construct and own the building. Today The Dance Centre manages this state-of-the-art facility, which opened in September 2001 in downtown Vancouver, on a site donated by its title sponsor. The building has become a hub for dance activity, housing The Dance Centre's programs, as well as rehearsals, classes, workshops, performances and events by dance artists and companies from Vancouver and beyond. Scotiabank Dance Centre generates an estimated 60,000 visits annually.
Promoting BC Dance
The Dance Centre is the primary source for information about dance in BC. The public can access information about hundreds of dance performances, classes, companies and organizations. In addition to events such as Dance In Vancouver, The Dance Centre promotes BC dance internationally, producing information for presenters and promoters around the world: the BC Dance Directory lists hundreds of BC dance organizations, and from Vancouver to the world gives information about local companies available to tour. In 2003 The Dance Centre facilitated a tour by nine Vancouver companies to the Dance Week Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.
A Resource for the Professional
The Dance Centre's members include professional dance companies and individual artists, teachers, choreographers, performers and dance enthusiasts. They benefit from resources and information about funding, jobs, auditions, training and other opportunities; Dance Central, a bimonthly publication, E-Central bulletins, and specialist dance publications and directories; information sessions and networking events. Video facilities include access to equipment and an editing suite, and an extensive dance video library - the largest one in Western Canada. Members receive free or discounted places on workshops and training initiatives; can apply to participate in Dance Centre programs; and receive consultations with experienced staff on topics such as grant writing, marketing and incorporation.