Other Shows and Events 2016-2017

Upcoming Events

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.


12 Minutes Max
Friday June 16, 2017 at 8pm

12 Minutes Max showcases eclectic, innovative new works lasting 12 minutes or less, which have been supported through a season-wide process of dialogue, studio showings and curatorial support. Artist lineup will be announced and tickets will go on sale in May 2017.


Past Events

The 15th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 10, 2016
Free events 11am-5pm
Performance 8pm

Maki Dance/photo PixieVision

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.

Schedue of free events 11am-5pm

All classes are open level and suitable for beginners. Pre-registration is not required.

11am-12 noon Class: Pow Wow with Raven Spirit Dance
11am-12 noon Class: Tap with Susan Nase
11.30am-12.30pm Studio Showing: excerpts from Co.ERASGA’s upcoming Collected, Traces, and Still Here
11.30am-1pm Workshop: Stretch and Strengthen for Injury Prevention with physiotherapist Stuart Anderson and registered massage therapist Martin Williams of Anderson Performance Clinic - a practical workshop on common dance injuries, when to seek professional help, and what you can do to prevent them.   
12 noon-1pm Class: Highland Dance with Shot of Scotch
12.30-1.30pm Class: Swing with Atomic Radio Productions
1-2pm Class: Introduction to Contemporary Improvisation with Emmalena Fredriksson
1.30-2.30pm Class: Voguing with Ralph Escamillan
2-3pm Performance: Capoeira and Brazilian Dance with Aché Brasil
2-3pm Class: Yoga for Beginners with Kate Franklin
2.30-3.30pm Class: Cha Cha for Beginners with JC Dance Co.
3-4pm Class: Métis Jigging with V’ni Dansi
3-4pm Class: Hip Hop with AE Wild (trained with Kim Sato of SOULdiers)
3-4pm Talk: Introduction to Performance Psychology with Stuart AndersonAnderson Performance Clinic – the principles of performance psychology, and specific tools for optimizing consistent peak performance. 
3.30-5pm Class: Ballet with Linda Arkelian
4-5pm Class: Contemporary Technique with Polymer Dance
4-5pm Class: Middle Eastern and bellydance with Maki
11am-5pm Vancouver Ballet Society library open to visitors

Photo: Maki Dance/PixieVision

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 artistic camaraderie between two vibrant creative voices. Goodman’s Floating Upstream evokes the fantastical notion of having one's head in the clouds, while Kwan’s Still Rhyming is an ode to the artistic muse which draws on the prose of Patti Smith. In Vertebrate Dreams is a quirky duet which plays with the interface of animal and human. The evening also features live sound by composer Jo Passed, an original score by Loscil and lighting design by James Proudfoot.

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

The Open House is presented with the support of

Photo: In Vertebrate Dreams/David Cooper


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

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


Company 605/photo Hubert Lankes

Company 605/photo Hubert Lankes

International Dance Day
Saturday April 29, 2017

A day of performances and events celebrating the vitality and diversity of dance!

1-1.30pm Youth Bhangra Blast Students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for an exuberant bhangra routine created with South Asian Arts.
Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza, Robson St between Howe and Hornby

1.30-4.30pm Robson Square Salsa A special IDD edition of a Vancouver summer favourite, featuring a salsa demonstration, lesson and social: all welcome!
Robson Square, 800 Robson St

3-3.30pm Polymer Dance Contemporary dance troupe performs a site-specific improvisation responding to the environment around us.
Roundhouse Turntable Plaza at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

3.30-4pm Foolish Operations A recreation of the spirit of a knitting circle, Tricoter playfully integrates yarn into the choreography to explore community, memory and family histories.
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

4-5pm DanceLab Dance artist/performer Jeanette Kotowich and musician/performer Wayne Lavallee give an informal showing of work currently in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

6-7pm Mixed Bill A shared program of dynamic contemporary dance including short works by: Company 605 with an excerpt from Inheritor Album plus their new work in progress for the Modus Operandi Training Program's students; Vanessa Goodman’s Floating Upstream, a collaboration with sound artist Loscil; Ralph Escamillan and dancers with excerpts of research leading towards his first full-length work; and Maya Tenzer with a brand new solo in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

All day Pressed Paradise share intriguing pop-up performances, events and installations in unexpected corners of Scotiabank Dance Centre. Details
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Project Soul's event scheduled for 12 noon has been cancelled. 


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 2017 messageRoger Sinha