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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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2015 Chutzpah! Festival presents BODYTRAFFIC

  • March 05 - March 08
  • The Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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2015 Chutzpah!PLUS and The Dance Centre present Serge Bennathan - Monsieur Auburtin

  • March 26 - March 28
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: Adult: $34.70 , Senior: $30.00, Student: $24.75
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Dancers of Damelahamid presents Coastal First Nations Dance Festival - Signature Evening Performance

  • March 06 - March 07
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Contact: Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: Aché Brasil

  • May 14 - May 14
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: Arts Umbrella Dance Company

  • April 23 - April 23
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: JC Dance Co

  • March 12 - March 12
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

  • March 03 - March 08
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Admission: $20.00 - $25.00
  • Contact: The Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
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DanceHouse presents Compagnie Käfig / Käfig Brasil

  • April 10 - April 11
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: $73.50 (+fees)
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New Works and Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre presents Viñetas del Mozaico

  • March 01 - March 01
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $25.00 Adults / $20.00 Seniors and Students / $15.00 Children
  • Contact: Adriana Contreras
  • Phone: 604-893-8807
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Cultch presents The Sensationalists

  • May 12 - May 16
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
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Vancouver International Dance Festival

  • March 08 - March 28
  • The Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Admission: Starting at $25.00
  • Contact: VIDF Tickets
  • Phone: 604-662-4966
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Vancouver International Dance Festival presents Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect

  • March 20 - March 21
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
  • Admission: Tickets from $35 to $50
  • Contact: Ticket Office
  • Phone: 604-662-4966
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Vancouver International Dance Festival presents Snakeskins

  • March 12 - March 14
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
  • Admission: Starting at $20.00
  • Contact: Ticket Office
  • Phone: 604-662-4966
  • Venue: The Roundhouse
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