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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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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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Deanna Peters | Mutable Subject META

  • October 27 - October 28
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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Delta Cup DanceSport Gala 2017

  • October 07 - October 08
  • KinVillage Community Centre
  • 5430 10th Avenue
    Delta,
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End of Summer Tropical Boat Cruise

  • September 23 - September 23
  • MV Britannia
  • 501 Denman Stree
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
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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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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 Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY

  • September 20 - September 23
  • The Dance Centre
  • 677 Davie St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6
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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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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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DanceHouse presents Action at a Distance (Vancouver) - Wells Hill

  • November 24 - November 26
  • Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU
  • 149 W. Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC
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DanceHouse presents Dorrance Dance (US) - Triple Bill

  • April 13 - April 14
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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DanceHouse presents Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre (Vancouver) - Betroffenheit

  • March 16 - March 17
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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DanceHouse presents Tero Saarinen Company (Finland) - Morphed

  • October 27 - October 28
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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DanceHouse presents Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto) - House Mix

  • February 23 - February 24
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • 600 Hamilton at Dunsmuir
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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