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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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plastic orchid factory presents The Value of Things (La valeur des choses)

  • June 17 - June 20
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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Spiegelworld presents Empire

  • November 24 - December 27
  • Spiegeltent
  • Empire Vancouver
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Sujit Vaidya presents Swapna-Maya

  • May 16 - May 16
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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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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Alice In Wonderland

  • July 04 - July 05
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • Corner of Hamilton Street and Dunsmuir Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: $26.00 / $32.50 (Before April 30,2015) $36.00 / $42.50 (After April 30,2015)
  • Phone: 604-721-4869
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Dance Allsorts: Project Soul

  • May 10 - May 10
  • CBC Studio 700
  • 700 Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: PWYC @ door
  • Venue: New Works
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International Dance Day

  • April 29 - April 29
  • Various Locations
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
  • Phone: 604-606-6400
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Swapna-Maya

  • May 16 - May 16
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $15.00
  • Contact: Sujit Vaidya
  • Phone: 604-737-1976
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The 2015 Latin Summer Fest

  • August 16 - August 16
  • Trout Lake park
  • 3350 Victoria Drive
    Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6
  • Admission: FREE
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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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Thirsty

  • April 16
  • The Astoria
  • 769 E Hastings
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1R3
  • Admission: Tickets: $7:00 cover charge, $5:00 before 11:00PM 19+
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