Emmalena Fredriksson and Arash Khakpour/photo Yvonne Chew

Emmalena Fredriksson and Arash Khakpour/photo Yvonne Chew

Programs Overview

The Dance Centre runs a range of programs designed to support the artistic development of dance artists, and to provide opportunities for audiences to discover the diversity and creativity of dance.

Artist submissions: a call for submissions is published in the fall of each year for the following season's programs, with the exception of 12 Minutes Max which has deadlines throughout the year. Dance Centre membership is required for most programs.


The Artist in Residence Program aims to assist dance professionals in developing new work, and promoting dance among new audiences. Residencies may involve working with emerging professional artists and non-professional enthusiasts, as well as teaching and creating in non-traditional contexts and environments with specific communities.

The DanceLab program supports research and collaboration between dance artists and other art disciplines. It provides fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the participating artists for a period of 2 weeks, enabling the artists to research how cross-art form collaboration can enhance their artistic growth and the development of new work. Upon completion of the process, the artists open up the process to the public through an informal studio presentation.

Choreographic Development Projects
Recent choreographic development projects include Triptych (2010-2012), a three-year international choreographic project hosted by the Opera Estate Festival Veneto, Italy; Circuit-Est Centre Choregraphique, Montreal; and The Dance Centre. CO:LAB (2012) explored dance and music, and Migrant Bodies, a major international research project, ran 2014-2015.

Performance Series

Discover Dance!
Discover Dance! is an accessible noon hour series running one Thursday a month September-November and February-April, which showcases the diversity of British Columbia’s dance scene. Each show features a combination of performance, Q & A with the artists, and sometimes audience participation.

Global Dance Connections
The Global Dance Connections series presents contemporary dance performances by artists from BC, Canada and overseas. Featured artists have included Nigel Charnock (UK), Lynda Gaudreau (Montreal), Karine Ponties (Belgium), Eddie Ladd (Wales), Deborah Dunn (Montreal), Chunky Move (Australia), Hiroaki Umeda (Japan), Tribal Crackling Wind (Toronto), Sidra Bell Dance New York (USA), Liquid Loft (Austria) and Francesco Scavetta (Norway/Italy).

Other Programs

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
An annual celebration of the opening of Canada's flagship dance facility every September, with free classes, workshops, studio showings, performances and events in a wide range of dance styles.

Dance In Vancouver
Dance in Vancouver is a biennial curated festival promoting BC dance to local, regional, national and international audiences. It serves as a platform to enhance visibility and raise awareness about contemporary dance locally; with a series of performances complemented by talks, video screenings, studio showings and roundtables. The event contributes to regional, national and international touring opportunities for BC dance artists. Next edition: November 2017.

International Dance Day
Initiated by UNESCO, International Dance Day is celebrated around the world every April 29. The Dance Centre organizes a series of free and low-cost public events to mark the event every year.

12 Minutes Max
12 Minutes Max is programmed by a rotating curatorial team and supports the development of new dance and movement-based works through studio research, critical feedback and community dialogue.


The Dance Centre administers a number of awards: the annual Isadora Award, recognising individual achievement in the BC dance community; the biennial Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award; and the Lola Award, supporting the work of senior and mid-career choreographers.