National Dance Week and International Dance Day April 25-29

Thanks to the Dance Centre for sending along this press release. Lots of free and cheap dance events happening this week in Vancouver. 

Vancouver celebrates National Dance Week and International Dance Day April 25-29

Events at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver and other locations

Info 604 606 6400


The Dance Centre presents a program of events celebrating National Dance Week and International Dance Day in Vancouver, featuring dance styles ranging from contemporary and flamenco to historical and Ukrainian. Performance highlights include Historical Performance Ensemble, as part of the popular Discover Dance! noon hour series; and a new duet by Emmanuel Jouthe (Montreal) and Chiara Frigo (Italy).Free events include workshops, studio showings and a film screening, with Karen Flamenco, the Dovbush Dancers, Kinesis Dance somatheatro, Starr Muranko/Raven Spirit Dance, Helen Walkley and others, at venues including Scotiabank Dance Centre, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre and the Vancouver Public Library.


Complete Event Listings


Thursday April 25

Discover Dance! The Dance Centre’s popular noon hour series features Historical Performance Ensemble in a program of baroque dance and music.

12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $12/$10 from

Thursday April 25-Saturday April 27

Global Dance Connections series: The Dance Centre presents Chartier Danse in Stria, a solo work by Toronto-based choreographer and performer Marie-Josée Chartier. 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $30/$22 from


Saturday April 27 
Contemporary dance class with Linda Arkelian: open level, all welcome including beginners. 3-4.30pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.
Studio showing: Contemporary dance artists Deanna Peters, Olivia Shaffer and Bevin Poole perform an improvisation, directed by Helen Walkley. 5-6pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.
Sunday April 28
Ukrainian Folk-Stage dance workshop and demonstration with the Dovbush Dancers, exploring character barre, centrework, and short extracts from Ukrainian dances. Some dance experience (any style) required. 10.30am-12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.

Starr Muranko/Raven Spirit Dance: open studio rehearsal showing and artist talk about choreographer Starr Muranko’s research project, The Spine of Mother Earth, which spans Peru and Canada. 12 noon-1pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.

Dance on Film: a moderated discussion on the creative process of dance filmmaking from the perspective of choreographers and filmmakers, followed by a Dance Films Association-curated selection of films from the Dance on Camera Festival in New York, and recently created Canadian-made shorts. 1-3pm (discussion 1pm, screening 2pm) at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street: free.

Kinesis Dance somatheatro studio showing of new work in progress by Artistic Director Paras Terezakis, and discussion. 3pm-4pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.

Monday April 29 International Dance Day

Flamenco performance by Karen Flamenco, with live music. 1-1.30pm at the Main Concourse, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street: free.

Studio showing: dumb instrument Dance and The Contingency Plan show excerpts from forthcoming new works  the neck to fall by Ziyian Kwan, plus a new duet created by Vanessa Goodman for Kwan and Jane Osborne. 2-3pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: free.

Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe: When We Were Old. A new duet created and performed by Montreal’s Emmanuel Jouthe and Italy’s Chiara Frigo. 8pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre: tickets $10 at the door from one hour prior to showtime.


About National Dance Week/International Dance Day The Canadian Dance Assembly launched the first ever National Dance Week and the ‘I love dance/J’aime la danse’ campaign leading up to International Dance Day in 2012, celebrating the art of dance across Canada. International Dance Day was initiated in 1982 by UNESCO and is marked annually on April 29 around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet.


For listings of more National Dance Week events and a calendar of BC dance performances visit

For information on National Dance Week and the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign visit the Canadian Dance Assembly:

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