Youth and Schools

The Power of Dance: Youth Engagement Program

Free workshops for new immigrant and refugee youth aged 14-24
Sundays April 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13, 2018: 3-5pm 

Deadline to apply: April 5, 2018 Apply Now

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 at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

No experience necessary! Basic English required.


Cristina Bucci is from Surrey BC and is co-founder of OURO Collective that pushes the boundaries of street dance-based choreography.

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

Arash Khakpour Originally from Tehran, he is a dancer and choreographer interested in dance to explore historical, social and political points of view.

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.


This program is presented in partnership with the Immigrant Services Society of BC and the Vancouver School Board's Settlement Workers in Schools program.


School Groups and 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 Bollywood, 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 (Grades 8-12)

Workshops for high school students can be organized with a Discover Dance! programmed artist in conjunction with a performance, or separately. Artists can travel to the school, or alternatively we can host a limited number of workshops at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Fees depend on the artist and running time of the workshop.

Participating Discover Dance! artists in 2017-2018:

Vancouver Tap Dance Society (tap)
OURO Collective (contemporary/urban)
Historical Performance Ensemble (baroque)

Workshops are also available with some of our current artists-in-residence:

Lesley Telford (contemporary)
Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble (flamenco)

If a school is interested in a genre that isn’t featured in this list, our membership comprises a wide range of dance artists and we can facilitate a workshop that meets specific needs.

Contact us to make a booking.