Discover Dance! 2018-2019

This popular series offers informative and inspiring shows by BC dance companies which combine performance, question-and-answer sessions with the artists, and sometimes even audience participation. 

Tickets $15/$13 students, seniors and children

$22/$18 students, seniors and children 

Duration: 60 minutes including artist talkback

Upcoming Shows

Jacky Essombe | Thursday May 16, 12 noon + 6pm


The Dance Centre Discover Dance Jacky Essombe
Cameroon-born Jacky Essombe is known for her inspiring teaching and exhilarating performances that express the cultural traditions and healing 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.
Photo Tim Matheson/KBAM

Past Shows

Thai Dance Company | Thursday September 20, 12 noon


The Dance Centre Discover Dance Thai Dance Co.

Discover the elegance, beauty and precision of Thai dance. Originating in the Royal Court of Old Siam, this exquisitely detailed form has a strong sacred element, and many dances are performed during ceremonial events. Artistic Director Megara Solloway teams up with renowned Ottawa-based Thai classical dancer and choreographer Kai Whitcomb to present a selection of dances, in homage to their spiritual and cultural traditions.
Photo Alan Smith

Company 605 | Thursday October 4, 12 noon

The Dance Centre Discover Dance Company 605

Company 605 fuses contemporary and urban styles to make athletic, physically demanding works that test the limits of their virtuosic performers. This presentation offers a sneak peek at their hotly-anticipated new ensemble work, plus an excerpt from Albatross, a powerful duet created in collaboration with Brussels-based choreographer German Jauregui, which drives the dancers through an intense and hypnotic cycle of continuous motion and perpetual contact.
Photo David Cooper

Dancers of Damelahamid | Thursday November 22, 12 noon

The Dance Centre Discover Dance Dancers of Damelahamid

Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of BC, with a rich history of masked dance which inspires compelling performances. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, Spirit and Tradition shares the treasures of the company’s heritage, and bridges the ancient with a living tradition.
Photo Chris Randle

South Asian Arts | Thursday March 14, 12 noon + 6pm

Originally a Punjabi folk dance celebrating the harvest, bhangra has become a global phenomenon in recent years, both in its traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip hop, house, and reggae. In this explosive performance, leading exponents South Asian Arts will showcase bhangra’s exuberant energy, and its deep connections to music and rhythm.
Photo South Asian Arts

Ballet BC | Thursday April 18, 12 noon

The Dance Centre Discover Dance Ballet BC

Bold and innovative, Ballet BC has developed a distinctive and highly acclaimed style, presenting a varied repertoire of contemporary ballets by Canadian and international choreographers which combine the rigour of classical technique with a cutting-edge approach. Introduced by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, the company’s superb dancers will perform excerpts from the current repertoire.
Photo Michael Slobodian

The Dance Centre is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. Revenue from ticket sales is invested in our mission of supporting dance.