Events

DISCOVER DANCE! 2019-2020

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!

Duration: 60 minutes including artist talkback

12 noon performances:

Thursday September 19 Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz
Thursday October 10 Vancouver Pars National Ballet
Thursday November 14 Vancouver Tap Dance Society
Thursday March 5 Immigrant Lessons
Thursday April 16 Shot of Scotch Vancouver
Thursday May 14 Sujit Vaidya

Tickets
$15 regular | $13 students, seniors, children, accessible seating (for patrons who use a wheelchair plus up to one companion), CADA members | $11 Dance Centre members
Subscribe to all six noon shows for just $60.

6.30pm performances:

Thursday November 14 Vancouver Tap Dance Society
Thursday March 5 Immigrant Lessons

Tickets
$22 regular | $18 students, seniors, children, accessible seating (for patrons who use a wheelchair plus up to one companion), CADA members | $16 Dance Centre members

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz | Thursday September 19, 12 noon

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Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz photo courtesy of the company

Originally springing from India’s booming film industry, Bollywood dance has become its own wildly popular genre, fusing jazz, folk and modern influences with larger-than-life comedy and drama. The Shiamak Vancouver Dance Team will get your toes tapping with an explosive, high-energy performance packed with vitality and fun.

Photo courtesy of the company


Vancouver Pars National Ballet | Thursday October 10, 12 noon

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Vancouver Pars National Ballet photo courtesy of the company

The Vancouver Pars National Ballet was founded in 1989 by Azita Sahebjam, who emigrated from Iran to Canada after dancing was banned in her homeland. The company has earned a stellar reputation for its work preserving Iranian traditional and folkloric dances, and supporting new creations. A delightful whirlwind of movement, intoxicating music, and colourful costumes, this program will feature dances from some of the many regions, ethnic groups and cultures of Iran. 

Photo courtesy of the company


Vancouver Tap Dance Society | Thursday November 14, 12 noon + 6.30pm

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Vancouver Tap Dance Society photo David Cooper

Get set for a percussive extravaganza with this gathering of accomplished and entertaining dancers! Introduced by Artistic Director Andrew Nemr, this program showcases the infectious rhythms, technical skill and musicality of tap dance, tracing its history and its contemporary innovations. The dancers will ‘lay down some iron’ and create a rhythmic conversation full of zest and charm.

Photo David Cooper


Immigrant Lessons | Thursday March 5, 12 noon + 6.30pm

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Immigrant Lessons photo Juan Contreras

Immigrant Lessons burst onto the Vancouver dance scene in 2017: this vibrant young collective promotes cultural pluralism through dance, music, fashion and visual design. Using an exciting mashup of styles including street dance, hip hop, Dancehall, Afrobeat and more, they tell stories of first- and second-generation immigrants, navigating Canadian culture and facing questions of identity and belonging. Audiences are taken on an emotional journey through curiosity, struggle, and love.

Photo Juan Contreras


Shot of Scotch Vancouver | Thursday April 16, 12 noon

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Shot of Scotch Vancouver photo Chris Randle

According to legend, the roots of Highland dance go back centuries, with warriors imitating epic deeds from Scottish folklore. Today, nothing captures the spirit of Scottish culture better than a Highland dancer gracefully performing to the bagpipes. Shot of Scotch Vancouver showcases the athleticism, stamina and artistry this form requires, emphasizing precise footwork, timing and technique, with an exhilarating selection of traditional dances and contemporary Highland dance choreographies.

Photo Chris Randle


Sujit Vaidya | Thursday May 14, 12 noon

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Sujit Vaidya photo Chris Randle

One of Vancouver’s leading exponents of the exquisitely beautiful classical Indian dance style of bharata natyam, Sujit Vaidya also creates work which reflects a modern sensibility and pushes the boundaries of the form. This stimulating presentation will highlight the roots of bharata natyam and its ongoing evolution, featuring classical dances as well as a duet created by contemporary choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino, exploring a dance language that transcends tradition.

Photo Chris Randle


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