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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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Global Dance Connections: "It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend"

  • 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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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: 605 Collective

  • November 23 - November 23
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Scotiabank 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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Scotiabank 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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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: Jacky Essombe

  • September 18 - September 18
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Scotiabank 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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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: South Asian Arts

  • October 23 - October 23
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Empty Moves by Ballet Preljocaj (France)

  • September 25 - September 26
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Scotiabank 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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Scotiabank 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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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: QUANTUM by Compagnie Gilles Jobin

  • October 16 - October 18
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Phone: 604-684-2787
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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Scotiabank Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Time Machine by MACHiNENOiSY (Vancouver)

  • 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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Summer Salsa Cruise Series 2014

  • August 09 - August 09
  • Aboard MV Britannia
  • 501 Denman Street ( at W Georgia St)
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
  • Admission: $28.00 in advance, $33.00 at the door
  • Contact: Angelita
  • Phone: 604-312-6772
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14th Annual TD Chinatown Festival 2014

  • August 09 - August 10
  • Keefer St and Columbia St
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-632-3808
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27th Annual Squamish Nation PowWow

  • August 29 - August 31
  • Capilano Reserve Park
  • 100 Mathias Road
    West Vancouver, BC V7P 1P7
  • Admission: $5.00
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Broadway Across Canada presents FLASHDANCE

  • November 11 - November 16
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Chariot Fest of India 2014

  • August 10 - August 10
  • Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • N/A
    Vancouver, BC N/A
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Rajesh G.
  • Phone: 604-433-9728
  • Venue: Stanley Park
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Dancing in the Street #2 with the New Orleans Ale Stars

  • July 27 - July 27
  • Granville Street @ Robson
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Kaitlin
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Dancing in the Street #3 with Air Mail Special

  • August 10 - August 10
  • Granville Street @ Robson (on the street)
  • Granville Street @ Robson
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Kaitlin
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Free Waterfront Zumba® at Canada Place

  • July 07 - August 25
  • Canada Place
  • 999 Canada Place, the North Point
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Venue: Canada Place
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Kitsilano Showboat

  • June 23 - August 16
  • Kitsilano Showboat
  • 2300 Cornwall
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Barry Leinbach
  • Phone: 604-734-7332
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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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