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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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Deanna Peters | Mutable Subject META

  • October 27 - October 28
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

  • November 12 - November 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Rahel presents Ya Helwa VI

  • June 25 - June 25
  • The Rickshaw
  • 254 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1P1
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The Dance Centre presents Aeriosa

  • May 24 - May 26
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents CompaƱia Sharon Fridman

  • October 12 - October 14
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents Daina Ashbee

  • February 01 - February 03
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! 2017/2018

  • September 21 - April 26
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC 6B 2G6
  • Admission: $14 Regular/$12 Student, Senior, Children, CADA Members / $10 Dance Centre Members
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The Dance Centre presents Global Dance Connections Series 2017/18

  • September 20 - May 26
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC 6B 2G6
  • Admission: various prices
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The Dance Centre presents Nicola Gunn

  • January 17 - January 19
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents Rachid Ouramdane

  • April 19 - April 21
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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The Dance Centre presents WEE/Francesco Scavetta

  • April 05 - April 07
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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All Over The Map

  • August 13 - August 27
  • Ron Basford Park
  • Granville Island
    Vancouver, BC
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Ballet BC presents Ballet Alberta Nutcracker

  • December 28 - December 30
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 1

  • November 02 - November 04
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 2

  • February 22 - February 24
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Ballet BC presents Program 3

  • May 10 - May 12
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 650 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Admission: Various
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Bastille Day Festival 2017

  • July 14 - July 14
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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Canada 150: Canada Goes Pacific

  • July 21 - July 23
  • various locations on Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC
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Culture Days 2017

  • September 29 - October 01
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver , BC
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Dance In Transit

  • May 20 - September 02
  • Various locations
  • Downtown
    Vancouver, BC
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Drum Is Calling Festival

  • July 22 - July 30
  • Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
  • Vancouver, BC
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Goh Ballet presents The Nutcracker

  • December 14 - December 19
  • The Centre
  • 777 Homer Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
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Greek Summerfest 2017

  • July 06 - July 16
  • St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
  • 4641 Boundary Road
    Vancouver, BC
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Indian Summer Festival 2017

  • July 06 - July 15
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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Kanata Festival on Turtle Island

  • June 19 - July 01
  • Larwill Park
  • 688 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1T9
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