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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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MascallDance presents The Three Cornered Hat

  • April 09 - April 11
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $29/24
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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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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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12 Minutes Max Studio Showing

  • April 01 - April 01
  • Scotia Bank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: The Dance Centre
  • Phone: 604-606-6400
  • 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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Dance Allsorts: the response.

  • April 19 - April 19
  • Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: PWYC @ door
  • Venue: New Works
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DanceHouse presents Compagnie Käfig / Käfig Brasil

  • April 10 - April 11
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: $73.50 (+fees)
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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 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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To.Be.Announced Choreographic Showcase

  • April 03 - April 04
  • Beaumont Studios
  • 326 West 5th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: 15.00
  • Contact: Jamee Valin
  • Phone: 604-655-4753
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