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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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COULOIR presents DON'T EXCITE THE RECOLLECTION...

  • December 05 - December 05
  • Vancouver Academy of Music, Mary Olson Hall
  • 1270 Chestnut Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Adults $35 / Students $15
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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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Global Dance Connections: Lisbeth Gruwez/Voetvolk

  • January 22 - January 24
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

  • January 24 - January 24
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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MascallDance presents Outliner Dance Party

  • November 29 - November 29
  • Ukrainian Hall
  • 154 East 10th Ave
    Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4
  • Admission: $15.00 Regular / $12.00 Student + $3.25 s/c
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The 2015 PuSh Festival & Théâtre la Seizième present Séquence 8

  • January 22 - January 24
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Tier 1 $55.00 / Tier 2 $39.00
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The 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Dark Matter

  • January 28 - January 30
  • Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
  • 149 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
  • Admission: Early Bird $31.00 / Regular $36.00
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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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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Le Cargo by Faustin Linyekula

  • January 29 - January 31
  • 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 Global Dance Connections: Monsieur Auburtin

  • March 26 - March 28
  • 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 Global Dance Connections: Time Machine by MACHiNENOiSY

  • February 04 - February 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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2015 Chutzpah! Festival presents BODYTRAFFIC

  • February 28 - February 28
  • Norman Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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2015 Chutzpah! Festival presents Idan Sharabi & Dancers & Vanessa Goodman

  • February 25 - February 28
  • Norman Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Made in China

  • February 18 - February 21
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box Office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Metro Theatre presents Aladdin

  • December 12 - January 03
  • Metro Theatre
  • 1370 SW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9
  • Venue: Metro Theatre
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NTU, Skwatta

  • February 11 - February 14
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box Office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts 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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Things Near and Far

  • December 03 - December 06
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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West Side Story

  • November 28 - November 29
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Varies
  • Contact: Karen Flamenco
  • Phone: 604-721-4869
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