Other Shows and Events 2017-2018

Upcoming Events

International Dance Day
Sunday April 29, 2018

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

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.


A concert of Japanese classical dance
Saturday May 12 8pm


TomoeArts photo Trevan Wong

TomoeArts is BC’s leading exponent of nihon buyō (Japanese classical dance), presenting traditional and contemporary dance theatre works that are steeped in Japanese forms and aesthetics. Yūko-kai (‘a gathering for Yūko’) celebrates the late, great dancer and teacher Fujima Yūko, who trained and inspired Tomoe’s Artistic Director, Colleen Lanki. This illuminating presentation features performers from Japan and Canada in a selection of classical dances from Yūko’s repertoire.

Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program
Duration: approximately 60 minutes
Photo: Trevan Wong

12 Minutes Max
Edition #42
Friday June 8, 8pm

Lineup and tickets coming in spring 2018.

Read about 12 Minutes Max


Past Events

The 16th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 16, 2017
Free events 11am-5pm

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.

Bellydance class/photo Chris Randle

Schedule of Events

Pre-registration is not required.
Classes are suitable for all levels, including beginner.

11am-12 noon Studio Showing: a new work in progress by contemporary/urban dance artist Ralph Escamillan

11am-12 noon Class: Bellydance with Maki Middle Eastern Dance

11am-12 noon Workshop: Screening and Conditioning for Injury Prevention with Stuart Anderson and Beverly BaggAnderson Performance Clinic. A practical workshop on identifying common dance injuries, what you can do to prevent them, and when to seek professional help. (Bring a yoga mat if you have one.) 

11.30am-1pm Class: Nia with Jasjit Rai

12.30-1.30pm Open Rehearsal: Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY rehearse Beamish’s upcoming Saudade

12.30-1.30pm Class: Hawaiian hula dance with Wailele Wai Wai

12.30—1.30pm Talk: Introduction to Mental Performance Coaching with Stuart Anderson, Anderson Performance Clinic. A discussion on principles of performance psychology: part 1 (12.30pm) Dealing with Performance Anxiety, and part 2 (1pm) Introduction to Visualization Techniques.

1-2pm Class: Highland dance with Susan Nase, Shot of Scotch

1.45-3.15pm Class: Ballet with Linda Arkelian

2-3pm Class: Contemporary dance with MOVETHECOMPANY’s Timothy Stickney (Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

Project Soul/photo Keystone Foto Ltd

2-3pm Performance: Hip hop and urban dance with Project Soul, one of Vancouver’s most highly regarded street dance crews. 

2.30-3.30pm Class: Salsa with Julio Borgwardt

2.30-3.30pm Class: Pow Wow with Jessica McMann, Raven Spirit Dance

3.30-4.30pm Class: Pilates mat work with Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure/Beyond Pilates (Please bring your own mat.) 

3.30-4.30pm Class: Hip hop and urban dance with Jojo Zolina

4-5pm Class: Flamenco with Kasandra Flamenco

Petra Zanki 365/photo Kate Shin

4-5pm Performance: 365 by Croatian choreographer Petra Zanki is a gradually unfolding, profound reflection based on an autobiographical collection of notes and poems written over the course of one year. Zanki works with light, text, reflection, and gently unfurling movement, resulting in a visual poem for one body that is both gentle and intense in its execution.

Running throughout the day:

Vancouver Ballet Society library features a selection of materials from the archive with a special focus on the past 40 years of Dance International magazine. Pulling issues from the archive going all the way back to the 1970s, you will see a rich history of international dance writing from a Vancouver perspective 

The Open House is presented with the support of

Photos top to bottom: Open House/Chris Randle; Project Soul/Keystone Foto Ltd; Petra Zanki/Kate Hyojung Shin.


Deanna Peters | Mutable Subject
Friday-Saturday October 27-28, 8pm

META/image Natalie Purschwitz with Deanna Peters

META proposes that our body is not one thing, but that we are fluid, messy and protean. Created and performed by Deanna Peters in collaboration with performers Justine A. Chambers and Kim Sato, with costumes and set design by Natalie Purschwitz, this new work dismantles expectations of what a body can be, generating a richly imaginative and engaging experience.

Presented through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award
Duration: 50 minutes
Image by Natalie Purschwitz with Deanna Peters