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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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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: A Heart in Winter

  • May 30 - June 04
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Aché Brasil

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Performance Works & Revue Stage
  • 1218 Cartwright St & 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Afrique en Cirque

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Charlotte Diamond

  • June 04 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Clancy and the Wild Moccassins

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Performance Works and Revue Stage
  • 1218 Cartwright St & 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Fred and Friends

  • June 03 - June 03
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Fred Penner

  • May 30 - June 02
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Grug and the Rainbow

  • May 30 - June 04
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Le groupe Swing

  • May 29 - June 02
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Pulse

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Studio 1398
  • 1398 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Ruploops

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Waterfront Theatre
  • 1412 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: The Canada Show

  • May 29 - June 03
  • Revue Stage
  • 1601 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: The Itch of the Golden Nit

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival: Variety Show

  • June 03 - June 03
  • Granville Island Stage
  • 1585 Johnston St
    Vancouver, BC
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival:National Film Board – Animated Shorts

  • May 29 - June 04
  • Carousel Studio
  • 1411 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, BC
  • Phone: 604.708.5655
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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

  • November 12 - November 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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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 12 Minutes Max

  • June 16 - June 16
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $28.00 Regular, $22 Student, Seniors
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Ballet BC presents Ballet Alberta Nutcracker

  • December 28 - December 30
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 1

  • November 02 - November 04
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 2

  • February 22 - February 24
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 3

  • May 10 - May 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Dance In Transit

  • May 20 - September 02
  • Various locations
  • Downtown
    Vancouver, BC
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Drum Is Calling Festival

  • July 22 - July 30
  • Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
  • Vancouver, BC
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Greek Summerfest 2017

  • July 06 - July 16
  • St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
  • 4641 Boundary Road
    Vancouver, BC
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