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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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Co.ERASGA presents Undivided Colours

  • November 08 - November 09
  • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
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DanceSport BC presents SnowBall Classic 2014

  • November 13 - November 15
  • Hyatt Regency
  • 655 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
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Global Dance Connections: Lisbeth Gruwez/Voetvolk

  • 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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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

  • January 24 - January 24
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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The 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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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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The 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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The 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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The 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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The 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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The 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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The 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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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections: Time Machine by MACHiNENOiSY

  • 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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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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Made in China

  • February 18 - February 21
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box Office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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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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NTU, Skwatta

  • February 11 - February 14
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box Office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Safar Middle Eastern Dance and Music Gala Show

  • September 27 - September 27
  • 950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • Admission: $35.00 - $40.00
  • Phone: 604-722-9545
  • Venue: Norman Rothstein Theatre
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Shimmy Showdown

  • October 02 - October 02
  • Edgewater Casino, Stadium Club
  • 750 Pacific Boulevard South, #311
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
  • Admission: $25.00 /$30.00 at the Door
  • Contact: Dixon Transition Society
  • Phone: 604-433-4191
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The Cultch presents Music Creates Opportunity

  • October 21 - October 26
  • Cultch, The (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
  • 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Venue: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural 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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Things Near and Far

  • December 03 - December 06
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: Box office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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WAG

  • October 21 - October 25
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 East Cordova Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: $20.00 - $30.00
  • Contact: box office at Firehall Arts Centre
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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West Side Story

  • November 28 - November 29
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Varies
  • Contact: Karen Flamenco
  • Phone: 604-721-4869
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