Discover Dance! 2014-2015

Our popular noon series offers informative and inspiring shows by BC-based dance companies which combine performance, question-and-answer sessions with the artists, and sometimes even audience participation. All performances start at 12 noon and last approximately 60 minutes, including artist talkback.

Our 2014-2015 season has now finished: a new Discover Dance! series will start in September.

Past Shows

Jacky Essombe Thursday September 18

Jacky Essombe: photo David Cowan

Photo David Cowan

Cameroon-born Jacky Essombe is known for her inspiring teaching and exhilarating performances that express the cultural traditions and ancient rhythms of West and Central Africa. This interactive presentation features high-energy dances, live drumming and singing that is steeped in the poetic imagery and wisdom of her ancestors, creating an experience to excite the eyes, engage the spirit and refresh the soul.


Five Minutes with Jacky Essombe

South Asian Arts Thursday October 23

South Asian Arts

Join South Asian Arts for a showcase of vibrant dances from India, including bhangra - originally a joyful and high-spirited folk dance celebrating the harvest; intricately beautiful classical Indian dances; and Bollywood, the wildly popular mashup of jazz, traditional dances, comedy and pop culture that has taken the world by storm. Presented as part of DiwaliFest.

605 Collective Thursday November 13

605 Collective: photo David Cooper

Photo David Cooper

Regarded as one of Canada’s most electrifying dance companies, 605 Collective fuses contemporary and urban dance styles to make athletic, physically demanding works. This performance offers a sneak peek at excerpts from two hotly anticipated new creations: a collaboration with Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, and an ensemble work exploring the concept of unison through force, speed and momentum.

JC Dance Co Thursday March 12

JC Dance Co

Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep; Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and Jive. Ballroom dance is surging in popularity all over the world. Directed by former ballroom champions Joel Marasigan and Clara Shih Marasigan, JC Dance Co’s performance and competitive ballroom dance students offer an entertaining show packed with virtuosity and glamour, which illustrates the fun and flexibility of ballroom dancing today.

Blog post: Five Minutes with... Joel & Clara Marasigan

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Thursday April 23

Arts Umbrella: photo Michael Slobodian

Photo Michael Slobodian

The exceptional young dancers of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company represent the energy and skill of a new generation. Trained through Arts Umbrella’s renowned dance program, these talented dancers, many of whom will go on to dance professionally, will perform contemporary ballets created by choreographers from across Canada and around the world.

Aché Brasil Thursday May 14

Ache Brasil: photo David Cooper

Photo David Cooper

A performance by Aché Brasil is an explosion of colour, energy and music that embodies the exuberant culture and rhythms of Brazil. The company will demonstrate traditional folk dances as well as the spectacular martial art/dance form of capoeira, whose amazing acrobatics take place in a whirring circle of movement, singing and percussion.