Youth and Schools

The Power of Dance Youth Program

Free workshops for immigrant and refugee youth aged 14-24

Spring 2019: Sundays, 3-5pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre
April 7, 14, 28 May 5, 12, 19
Deadline to apply: April 1 
To apply, email Linda.

Join a free movement class and learn contemporary and hip-hop dance from cool dance teachers. Dance for fun and learn how to express yourself in a safe environment, be creative, meet and share with new friends.

No experience necessary! Basic English required.


Kevin Fraser is a Jamaican-born international Dance Artist, versed in many street dance forms including vogue, waacking, dancehall, house, pantsula, lofting and hip hop as well as classical dance forms. Kevin is the co-founder and co-artistic director mind behind the collective Immigrant Lessons.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino was born in Manila, Philippines, and is the Artistic Director of Co.Erasga. His choreography explores identity, gender and the issues related to cross-cultural dialogues.

Marissa Wong is a member of TWObigsteps, a contemporary dance collective driven to expanding art communities through a collaborative, creative process. Marissa’s focus will be on dance and social media.

About the Program

This is a unique opportunity for youth to work with a team of professional artists from diverse backgrounds. The sessions are based on dance, movement exploration, theatre techniques and games. The workshops are designed for youth who would not normally have access to Canadian arts and cultural opportunities, and will provide a nurturing and supportive entry way into using the performing arts as a means of self expression to assist in developing new life skills and knowledge of their new Canadian homeland.

Our goal is to help youth to feel a part of the community and at ease in their new environment, to develop a sense of belonging and understanding of Canadian culture, to build community, and to have a safer space to explore their personal experiences. The program offers a natural social event where the youth are able to be themselves without the burden and demands of the world, youth are able to connect among their peers and share their backgrounds and histories, family, friends, current situations in schools and the sense of integrating to our community.

This was the best workshop that I had ever done, it made me realize that how unique and beautiful we all are in our own way. Please continue making this workshop cause this helps immigrants like us to open up and be ourselves and also find some confidence within us. Tenzin P.

This workshop helped me a lot with confidence. I always loved dance but I couldn’t attend them because it was really expensive and because of my English. I might have felt like I’m different than others. I really loved this workshop because I found new friends and had so much fun. Zahra S.

Supported by the Government of British Columbia

Discover Dance!

Our Discover Dance! noon hour series offers a great opportunity to learn about BC’s artistic and cultural heritage. The series showcases dance styles ranging from ballet to bhangra, providing a fun, educational experience for students of all ages. In addition to performing, the artists talk about their work and answer audience questions, and there is sometimes an opportunity for the audience to participate as well.

Tickets for student groups of eight or more are $12 including all taxes and charges, with one teacher/chaperone comp per 20 students. We can also arrange for a short tour of Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility, if desired.

Contact us to make a booking.


Workshops for Schools

Workshop at Charles Dickens Elementary School

Elementary School Program

The Power of Dance: Elementary Schools Program offers schools a series of six free workshops led by experienced professional dance artists, for students in kindergarten through to Grade 7. The workshops introduce students to dance and movement, sparking their creativity as well as increasing their physical activity levels and supporting their mental and emotional wellness. 


The Power of Dance: Elementary Schools program is made possible through the Charles and Eve Chang Foundation.

High Schools

Helping educators meet the new curriculum objectives: students can experience the diversity of dance through engaging workshops with artists working in styles including hip hop, bhangra, street dance, and lots more! Artists can travel to the school or we can host a limited number of workshops at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Contact us to make a booking.

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