Discover Dance! 2015-2016
Our 2015-2016 Discover Dance! series has now finished: 2016-2017 season details are coming soon! Sign up to our email list to be the first to hear about it.
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.
Performances start at 12 noon and last approximately 60 minutes, including artist talkback, and take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Project Soul + South Asian Arts Thursday September 17
Two of Vancouver’s hottest dance companies join forces to present an exuberant program of hip hop and bhangra, contrasting styles which share deep connections to music and rhythm. Project Soul works at the forefront of Vancouver’s urban dance scene, teaching and performing street dances including popping, locking, breakdancing and more; South Asian Arts are leading exponents of bhangra, the high-energy Punjabi folk dance that has become a global phenomenon. www.southasianarts.ca
South Asian Arts Photo Chris Randle
Danny Nielsen and Friends Thursday October 22
Danny Nielsen is one of Canada’s brightest young tap talents and a rising star on the international scene, known for his astonishing technical prowess and adventurous approach. He teams up with special guests including dancers and jazz musicians to present a dynamic and entertaining program which highlights the infectious rhythms, expressiveness and ebullience of tap dance. www.danonielsen.wordpress.com
Photo Brad Jarvis
Git Hayetsk Thursday November 12
The Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) are internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask dancers. Their focus is to carry forward the high standards of artistry embodied by the copper shield - one of their most powerful and sacred forms of ceremonial wealth - through dance, song-composition, choreography, and regalia-making. They perform ancestral songs and dances as well as newly created work reflecting their lives as First Nations people today. www.githayetsk.com
Photo Chris Randle
Modus Operandi Thursday February 18
The energy and skill of a new generation takes the stage with a performance by the talented young dancers of Modus Operandi. Established in 2007, this rigorous training program run by Vancouver’s Out Innerspace Dance Theatre produces versatile and accomplished contemporary dancers who perform with technical power and theatrical intelligence, and progress to work professionally with companies across Canada. www.outinnerspace.ca/mo
Photo Wendy D
Lorita Leung Dance Company Thursday March 10
Established in 1970, the Lorita Leung Dance Company is regarded as one of Canada’s leading Chinese performance groups, producing spectacular shows which illustrate the diversity and beauty of Chinese dance. From the grace and poise of the classical style to the joyful vitality of ethnic folk dances, the company will take you on a journey through Chinese culture. www.chinesedance.ca
Photo Lorita Leung
Karen Flamenco Thursday April 21
An innovative young company whose distinctive productions combine the technical brilliance of flamenco with dramatic flair, Karen Flamenco has captured the imagination of dance lovers of all ages. This performance intertwines spirited dancing, masterful storytelling, heart-stirring music, and ravishing costumes, to epitomize the thrilling passion of flamenco. www.karenflamenco.com
Photo David Cooper