Discover Dance! 2017-2018

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 60 minutes, including artist talkback, and take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre.     

The current Discover Dance! season has now finished: the 2018/19 shows will be announced soon.                                          

Past Shows

Historical Performance Ensemble Thursday September 21, 12 noon

Historical Performance Ensemble/photo Erik Zennstrom

Experience the elegance, courtly manners and discreet wit of dance from centuries past. Historical Performance Ensemble presents authentically recreated social and theatrical European Baroque dances, incorporating beautifully constructed costumes, and entrancing music played onstage by specialists on reproductions of period instruments.  The performers will demonstrate some of the intricate dances that preceded the development of ballet, from an era which was formative to the modern world.
Photo Erik Zennstrom

Vancouver Tap Dance Society Thursday October 12, 12 noon

Vancouver Tap Dance Society/photo

Get set for VanTap Romp, a percussive extravaganza with a troupe of accomplished and entertaining dancers! Featuring guest artist Terry Brock and friends, this exhilarating program showcases the infectious rhythms, technical skill and musicality of tap, tracing its vibrant history and its contemporary innovations. The dancers will ‘lay down some iron’ and create a rhythmic conversation full of zest and charm.

Flamenco Rosario Thursday November 30, 12 noon

Flamenco Rosario/photo David Cooper

A mainstay of Vancouver’s flamenco scene for over 25 years, Flamenco Rosario honours the authentic traditions of flamenco while nurturing the evolution of the art form through artistic experimentation, crossing boundaries of history and cultures. Celebrated Artistic Director Rosario Ancer and Musical Director Victor Kolstee lead a flamenco performance that is full of emotional power, technical brilliance and stirring music and singing.
Photo David Cooper         

OURO Collective Thursday February 22, 12 noon

OURO Collective/photo Teppei Tanabe

OURO Collective is fast gaining a reputation for its cool hybrid movement, fusing hip hop, waacking, breaking and contemporary dance. Its dynamic dancers hail from diverse backgrounds, and bring the drive and energy of street dance to the stage. The company will perform excerpts from TANGENT, which explores themes of private and public behaviour, self-absorption, and extreme individualism.
Photo Teppei Tanabe

Mandala Arts and Culture Thursday March 15, 12 noon

Mandala Arts and Culture/photo Ron Sangha

Classical Indian dance is famed for its beauty and complexity, and Mandala’s Artistic Director Jai Govinda has pioneered its growth and development in Canada. Govinda hosts this inspiring and informative presentation of bharata natyam, featuring leading dancers from his company, and highlighting the principal elements of the style: bha (bhava) emotion, ra (raga) melody, ta (tala) rhythm, and natyam (dancing).
Photo Ron Sangha

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Thursday April 26, 12 noon

Arts Umbrella Dance Company/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.
Photo Michael Slobodian