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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 Dance Company presents Mixed Nuts

  • December 16 - December 18
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, V6B 3L4
  • Admission: Adult: $31.75, Stu/Sr: $19.00
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Chutzpah! 2017: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet

  • March 04 - March 06
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
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Dancers of Damelahamid presents 2017 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

  • March 03 - March 04
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Contact: Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

  • January 20 - January 21
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
    Vancouver,

The Dance Centre 2016-2017 season

  • September 29 - June 16
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! 2016/2017

  • September 29 - April 27
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC 6B 2G6
  • Admission: various prices
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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections Series 2016/17

  • October 20 - May 27
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC 6B 2G6
  • Admission: various prices
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Alessandro Sciarroni

  • February 02 - February 04
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Jan Martens

  • January 18 - January 20
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Kinesis Dance somatheatro

  • March 01 - March 04
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Lesley Telford

  • April 20 - April 22
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Tara Cheyenne Performance + Silvia Gribaudi

  • February 16 - February 18
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Wen Wei Dance

  • May 25 - May 27
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series: Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

  • April 06 - April 08
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
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Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

  • March 25 - March 25
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
    Vancouver,
  • Admission: $45 - $87.50
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Uzume Taiko: (A)Live in Vancouver!

  • March 17 - March 17
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia
    Vancouver,
  • Admission: $23.95 - $36.65
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