Other Events 2015-2016

Upcoming Events


Julianne Chapple
the edges of things are ill-defined
Thoenn Glover
Wags Alternate

July 10-11, 2016 at 8:30pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Presented with the Dancing on the Edge Festival and supported through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence and DanceLab programs

Julianne Chapple’s work explores body as object, surreal imagery and the imperfect nature of communication. “One should act as if the world had just been created; one should not analyze a thing to death, but rather let it unfold gradually and without interference.” – Oskar Schlemmer

Choreographer: Julianne Chapple Dancers: Kirstyn König and Antonio Somera

What do you choose to display to the world? Our lives are essentially our own theatrical production with you as the leading actor. From the perspective of one influential individual Wags Alternate follows four characters through the hidden labyrinth of impulse and alter-ego. Set in a forest of ropes and light bulbs designed by lighting designer Rob Sondergaard, and to an eclectic soundtrack compiled by Mac Hunter, choreographer Thoenn Glover weaves a world where undercurrents are illuminated and the unnoticed rises to the surface.

Choreographer: Thoenn Glover Dancers: Elya Grant, Thoenn Glover, Maxine Chadburn, Kaitey DeSante Lighting Designer: Rob Sondergaard Soundtrack: Mac Hunter



2016-2017 season

The 15th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 10, 2016

Our annual Open House offers a chance to experience a host of different dance styles in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility. Free events 11am-5pm: full schedule to be announced.

Performance 8pm:
Ziyian Kwan | dumb instrument Dance + Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance

In Vertebrate Dreams/photo David Cooper

Simile is an evening of contemporary dance choreographed and performed by Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman, which highlights the unique artistic camaraderie between these captivating creative voices. Goodman’s Floating Upstream evokes the qualities of water, while Kwan’s Still Rhyming is a whimsical ode inspired by the prose of rock icon Patti Smith. In Vertebrate Dreams is a quirky duet which plays with the interface of animal and human.

Tickets $25/$20 students, seniors, CADA members/$18 Dance Centre members

BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call Tickets Tonight: 604.684.2787 

The Open House is presented with the support of

Photo David Cooper


V'ni Dansi
Louis Riel Day Celebration
Saturday November 12, 2016 at 8pm

Tickets on sale summer 2016

V'ni Dansi/photo Chris Randle

V’ni Dansi preserves traditional Métis dance and also creates innovative contemporary works: the company brings both these activities together in a special double bill for its annual Louis Riel Day Celebration. Eagle Spirit is a contemporary solo choreographed and performed by Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand, which probes themes of death and rebirth, and the eagle’s connection to the spirit world. The Louis Riel Métis Dancers, V’ni Dansi’s traditional dance troupe, will perform the joyous jigs, reels and square dances that Métis culture is famed for, to the music of a live band.

Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program with

V'ni Dansi

Photo: Chris Randle


International Dance Day
Saturday April 29, 2017

A day of performances and events celebrating the vitality and diversity of dance: full details to be announced.


In 2015 The Dance Centre commissioned Vancouver filmmaker Jason Karman to create a video celebrating the vibrant diversity of dance in our community, and its capacity to bring people together.
Dancers: Baldeep Dulay (bhangra), Tony Giroux (hip hop), Arash Khakpour (contemporary) and Veronica Stewart (flamenco).
Conceived and directed by Jason Karman; Director of photography – Tyler McGrath; Producers – Steve Menchions and Brad Harder; Music – Joe Marcel Berry. Special thanks to the University of British Columbia, the Cineworks Play It Forward program and Telus.


In 1982 the Dance Committee of UNESCO's International Theatre Institute founded International Dance Day, to be celebrated every year on April 29, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810) who is regarded as the creator of modern ballet. Its goal is to celebrate dance around the world, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together with a common language - dance.

In 2012 the Canadian Dance Assembly launched the I love dance/J'aime la danse campaign which leads up to International Dance Day.

International Dance Day 2016 messageSusanne Chui


Ancestralizing the Present: Protocols and Practices in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance
Saturday June 10, 2017

Git Hayetsk/photo Chris Randle

Canadian dance artist Erin Manning uses “ancestralize” to describe the ways in which Indigenous visual artists draw upon ancient ways of being, knowing, and relationships to territories to create work that activates the present so that it becomes the future. This approach is also foundational to Northwest Coast First Nations dance, which ancestralizes the present by strategically bringing forward inherited repertoires in relation to performative contexts. As future ancestors, these artists also create new works that become the ancient songs and dances of generations to come. Curated by Dr. Mique’l Dangeli, this event brings together dance artists from many Nations for performances and public discussions of the protocols integral to their practices.

Full details TBA.

Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program.

Photo Git Hayetsk/Chris Randle.