Artist-in-Residence and DanceLab programs

TWObigsteps Collective/photo Cara Tench

TWObigsteps Collective/photo Cara Tench


The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and technical and administrative support to enable choreographers to work with various artists and audiences, through creation, teaching, outreach activities and performances. Technical residencies offer production support to artists preparing for full theatre presentations.

Artists-in-Residence 2017-2018:

Rosario Ancer, Flamenco Rosario
Colleen Lanki, TomoeArts
Kasandra Lea, Kasandra Flamenco
Helen Walkley

Artists-in-Residence 2018-2019:

Company 605
Dancers of Damelahamid
Joe Ink
O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies
The Biting School


Our 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.

DanceLab Artists 2017-2018:

Naomi Brand (integrated dance, live audio description)
Idan Cohen (music, opera)
Margaret Grenier, Dancers of Damelahamid (Pacific Rim Indigenous dance and song, design)
Aryo and Arash Khakpour, The Biting School (theatre, text)

DanceLab Artists 2018-2019:

Byron Chief-Moon/Consequence Collective (film, projection mapping technology)
Sujit Vaidya (lighting design)
Thoenn Glover (immersive dance-theatre)
TWObigsteps collective (movement and technology installation)