International Dance Day 2017


Company 605/Hubert Lankes

Saturday April 29, 2017

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

1-1.30pm Youth Bhangra Blast Students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for an exuberant bhangra routine created with South Asian Arts.
Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza, Robson St between Howe and Hornby

1.30-4.30pm Robson Square Salsa A special IDD edition of a Vancouver summer favourite, featuring a salsa demonstration, lesson and social: all welcome!
Robson Square, 800 Robson St

3-3.30pm Polymer Dance Contemporary dance troupe performs a site-specific improvisation responding to the environment around us.
Roundhouse Turntable Plaza at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

3.30-4pm Foolish Operations A recreation of the spirit of a knitting circle, Tricoter playfully integrates yarn into the choreography to explore community, memory and family histories.
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

4-5pm DanceLab Dance artist/performer Jeanette Kotowich and musician/performer Wayne Lavallee give an informal showing of work currently in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

6-7pm Mixed Bill A shared program of dynamic contemporary dance including short works by: Company 605 with an excerpt from Inheritor Album plus their new work in progress for the Modus Operandi Training Program's students; Vanessa Goodman’s Floating Upstream, a collaboration with sound artist Loscil; Ralph Escamillan and dancers with excerpts of research leading towards his first full-length work; and Maya Tenzer with a brand new solo in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

All day Pressed Paradise share intriguing pop-up performances, events and installations in unexpected corners of Scotiabank Dance Centre. Details
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Project Soul's event scheduled for 12 noon has been cancelled. 

Photo: Company 605/Hubert Lankes

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.

In 2012 the Canadian Dance Assembly launched the I love dance/J'aime la danse campaign which leads up to International Dance Day.

International Dance Day 2017 messageRoger Sinha