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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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Arts Umbrella presents AUDC Season Finale

  • May 26 - May 28
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, V6B 3L4
  • Admission: $29 / $39.50
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Chutzpah! 2016: Ballet Kelowna

  • May 04 - May 06
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Co.ERASGA presents Collected, Traces and Still Here

  • September 14 - September 17
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents 12 Minutes Max

  • June 03 - June 03
  • Scotia Bank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Thor | Thierry Smits

  • May 05 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $30 / $22
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: 2016 Variety Show

  • June 04 - June 04
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Vancouver International Children's Festival: Project Soul

  • June 01 - June 05
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Ballet BC presents Program 3

  • May 12 - May 14
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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The Cultch Presents: Take a Bow

  • May 06 - May 07
  • Historic Theatre
  • 1895 Venables St
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: $25 (Adult) $20 (Senior) $15 (Ages 12 & under)
  • Phone: 604-251-1363
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The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections Series: 2015/2016 Subscriptions

  • October 15 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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