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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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Chutzpah! 2016: Ballet Kelowna

  • May 04 - May 06
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Chutzpah! 2016: Dance Double Bill

  • February 20 - February 22
  • Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Chutzpah! 2016: Gallim Dance

  • March 10 - March 13
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Chutzpah! 2016: Maria Kong

  • March 05 - March 07
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Chutzpah! 2016: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet

  • February 27 - February 29
  • The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Dancers of Damelahamid presents Coastal First Nations Dance Festival - Signature Evening Performance

  • March 04 - March 05
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Contact: Dancers of Damelahamid
  • Phone: 604-922-5277
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance 2015/2016: Karen Flamenco

  • April 21 - April 21
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $14 / $12 / $10
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance 2015/2016: Lorita Leung Dance Company

  • March 10 - March 10
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $14 / $12 / $10
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance 2015/2016: Modus Operandi

  • February 18 - February 18
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $14 / $12 / $10
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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Thor | Thierry Smits

  • May 05 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Admission: $30 / $22
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Ballet BC presents Program 2

  • March 17 - March 19
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 3

  • May 12 - May 14
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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DanceHouse presents Companhia Urbana de Dança

  • April 01 - April 02
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
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DanceHouse presents Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre

  • February 25 - February 27
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
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The Dance Centre's Global Dance Connections Series: 2015/2016 Subscriptions

  • October 15 - May 07
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
  • Venue: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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