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Dance

The city's dance scene is as eclectic as its cultural makeup, and ranges from traditional Japanese and Chinese dance to classical ballet and edgy contemporary.

There are over 30 professional dance companies and many more independent choreographers in the Vancouver area. The hub of the scene is downtown's Scotiabank Dance Centre, with a complete line up of performances, classes and workshops throughout the year, including everything from Brazilian capoeira and Spanish flamenco to Indian classical dancing.  

For classical enthusiasts, Ballet British Columbia mixes fixtures of the canon with newer works by Canadian and international artists.  Most performances are held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, downtown's 2,700-seat, ultramodern concert hall. 

Dance is a major part of several annual festivals.  Each winter, the city hosts PuSh, an international performing arts event showcasing genre-bending and often visionary contemporary works of dance and other disciplines.  Spring brings the Vancouver International Dance Festival, a month-long celebration of contemporary dance.  And summer is highlighted by Dancing on the Edge, presenting progressive contemporary pieces by local artists in an edgy setting in East Vancouver.

Finally, unique to Vancouver, the annual Talking Stick Festival showcases traditional and contemporary aboriginal dancing, storytelling and other performances by the region's first nations peoples.

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"Iz Srbije s ljubavlju" From Serbia With Love

  • May 10 - May 10
  • Massey Theatre
  • 735 8th Avenue
    New Westminster, BC V3L 3M6
  • Admission: $25 adults / $15 (children under 12)
  • Phone: 778-835-8671
  • Venue: Massey Theatre
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Ballet BC presents Un/A

  • April 24 - April 26
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Broadway Across Canada presents FLASHDANCE

  • November 11 - November 16
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Colonial

  • June 11 - June 12
  • The Dance Centre Performance Theatre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Dongmei Dance presents WATER & LIFE - Chinese Folk Dance

  • June 20 - June 21
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $38.00 / $28.00
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Firehall Arts Centre presents BC Buds – Firehall’s Spring Arts Fair

  • May 09 - May 11
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: Free!
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Firehall Arts Centre presents The Art of Stealing

  • May 29 - May 31
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Firehall Arts Centre presents The Concessions

  • June 04 - June 14
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Goh Ballet presents Aurora's Awakening

  • June 06 - June 07
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • Dunsmuir at Georgia
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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International Dance Day events

  • April 29 - April 29
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: Free or by donation
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
  • Phone: 604-606-6400
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Luciterra presents A Dance Spectacular and Party!

  • May 23 - May 23
  • The Rickshaw
  • 254 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1P1
  • Admission: $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door
  • Contact: Luciterra
  • Venue: The Rickshaw
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Music in the Morning presents Raven Stole the Sun

  • April 26 - April 26
  • Vancouver Academy of Music
  • 1270 Chestnut Street (Kits Point)
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $10.00 Students /$15.00 Seniors /$18.00 Adults
  • Contact: Lise Fleming
  • Phone: 604-873-4612
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Summer Salsa Cruise Series 2014

  • June 28 - June 28
  • Aboard MV Britannia
  • 501 Denman Street ( at W Georgia St)
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
  • Admission: $28.00 in advance, $33.00 at the door
  • Contact: Angelita
  • Phone: 604-312-6772
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Swan Lake

  • May 31 - June 01
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • Corner of Hamilton St. and Dunsmuir St.
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: $26 - $32.50
  • Contact: Karen Flamenco
  • Phone: 604-721-4869
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The Cultch presents Music Creates Opportunity

  • October 21 - October 26
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! Series: Flamenco Rosario + Mandala Arts and Culture

  • May 29 - May 29
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Discover Dance! Series: Modus Operandi

  • April 24 - April 24
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents In Abundance

  • May 28 - June 01
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
  • Venue: Waterfront Theatre
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Vancouver International Children's Festival presents Invisi’BALL

  • May 27 - June 01
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
  • Admission: $25.00 Adult/$15.00 Child
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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