BC Companies

BC Dance Directory: Companies

BALLET

Ballet BC
Canadian and international contemporary ballet.
Emily Molnar, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.balletbc.com

Ballet Kelowna
Professional ballet company that tours British Columbia and Alberta with ‘inno-classical’ repertoire programs.
Simone Orlando, Artistic Director
Kelowna
www.balletkelowna.ca

Ballet Victoria
Canada’s eighth largest ballet company, Ballet Victoria produces four shows and tours BC every season.
Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director
Victoria
www.balletvictoria.ca

Coastal City Ballet
Pre-professional ballet company performing classical and neo-classical works.
Li Yaming, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.coastalcityballet.com

CONTEMPORARY­­

Aeriosa
Choreography on architecture and in nature as well as stage-based works.
Julia Taffe, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.aeriosa.com

battery opera performance
Produces provocative work that encompasses dance, site-specific theatre, performance art and writing.
Lee Su-Feh, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.batteryopera.com

Body Narratives Collective
A dance-based collective with an interdisciplinary focus.
Meghan Goodman, Julia Carr, Co-Directors
Vancouver
www.bodynarrativescollective.wordpress.com

Co.ERASGA
Contemporary dance company grounded in the principles of innovation, artistic integrity and social reflection.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.companyerasgadance.ca

CollabArt Creations
Contemporary dance company whose goal is to introduce innovative and exciting contemporary dance and visual arts to a broad range of audiences. 
Kylah Powell, Artistic Director
Coquitlam
www.collabartcreations.weebly.com

The Contingency Plan
Contemporary dance collective that commissions, creates and produces innovative new works of live performance.
Jane Osborne, Vanessa Goodman, Co-Artistic Directors
Vancouver
www.contingencyplan.ca

Dancers Dancing
Professional contemporary, modern dance company.
Judith Garay, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.dancersdancing.com

The diskordanse Company
Breathes new life into dance as a boundary-breaking performance art.
Nela H, Artistic Director
Surrey
www.diskordanse.ca

Donna Redlick Dance
Contemporary dance company.
Donna Redlick, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.donnaredlick.com

dumb instrument Dance
A collage of activities performed by dancer/choreographer Ziyian Kwan.
Vancouver
www.dumbinstrumentdance.com

EDAM Dance
A centre for the research, creation and production of Contact Improvisation and complementary dance practices.
Peter Bingham, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.edamdance.org

Give Me Brilliance
Contemporary dance theatre company.
Jen Cole, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.givemebrilliance.com

Joe Ink
Known for its versatility, Joe Ink creates provocative, witty and lyrical contemporary dance works.
Joe Laughlin, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.joeink.ca

Karen Jamieson Dance
Mythic, poetic language through contemporary dance; transcending cultures, languages, histories and traditions. Since 1983.
Karen Jamieson, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.kjdance.ca

Kidd Pivot
Performance work integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design.
Crystal Pite, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.kiddpivot.org

Kinesis Dance somatheatro
Produces contemporary dance combining live performance with multi-media, text, design, and music.
Paras Terezakis, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.kinesisdance.org

Kokoro Dance
Post-butoh company that fuses the aesthetics of East and West.
Jay Hirabayashi, Executive Director
Vancouver
www.kokoro.ca

Lamondance
Pre-professional contemporary dance company.
Davi Rodrigues, Artistic Director
North Vancouver
www.lamondance.com

Les Productions Figlio             
Produces multi-layered dance/theatre works for local, national, international audiences.
Serge Bennathan, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.lesproductionsfiglio.ca

LINK Dance Foundation
Interactive and collaborative dance creation and performance.
Gail Lotenberg, Artistic Director
Bowen Island
www.linkdance.ca

MACHiNENOiSY   
Merges the spiritual with the theatrical, the sensual with the conceptual.
Delia Brett and Daelik, Co-Artistic Directors
Vancouver
www.machinenoisy.com

Marta Marta Productions – MMP
Contemporary "style fusion" with the creation of dance, new media and music productions.
Martha Carter, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.martamartaproductions.com

MascallDance
Provides a forum for research, creation, performance, education, documentation and dissemination of contemporary dance.
Jennifer Mascall, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.mascalldance.ca

MOVE: the company
A contemporary dance organization focused on the production of public performances and educational programming.
Joshua Beamish, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.movethecompany.com

Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Devoted to creating exciting and integral contemporary dance works, pushing beyond traditional aesthetics and form.
David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, Artistic Directors
Vancouver
www.outinnerspace.ca

pataSola Dance
Contemporary dance company influenced by 'Realismo Magico' and Butoh.
Eduardo Meneses-Olivar and Salome Nieto
Vancouver
www.patasoladance.com

the plastic orchid factory
Contemporary ballet company offering performances, live and multimedia installations, movement classes/workshops, discussions and symposia.
James Gnam, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.plasticorchidfactory.com

Raven Spirit Dance
Creates, develops and produces dance rooted in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal worldviews.
Michelle Olson, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.ravenspiritdance.com

the response.
Dedicated to challenging how contemporary dance can be made, shown and perceived.
Amber Funk Barton, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.responsedance.com

­Restless Productions
Original music and dance - contemporary dance and music in an interdisciplinary theatrical context.
Claire French, James Maxwell, Artistic Directors
Vancouver
www.restlessproductions.com

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art
Contemporary dance company.
Shay Kuebler, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.shaykuebler.com

605 Collective 
A collaboration-based creation/production company touring urban and contemporary dance works.
Josh Martin, Lisa Gelley
Vancouver  
www.605collective.com

Sweett Moves
Contemporary dance collective.
Ashley Sweett, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.sweettmoves.com

Suddenly Dance Theatre
Importer (presenter) and Exporter (creator) of dance. 
David Ferguson, Miles Lowry, Artistic Directors
Victoria
www.suddenlydance.ca

Tara Cheyenne Performance
Creates highly physical, character-driven performance that uniquely blends movement and text, dance and theatre.
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.taracheyenne.com

Triadic Dance Works
A contemporary collective.
Jenn Edwards, Philippa Myler and Jennifer Aoki, Co-Directors
Vancouver
www.TriadicDanceWorks.ca

True North Performance
Project-based company produces original contemporary Vocal Body works.
Catherine Lee, Artistic Director
Richmond
www.facebook.com/truenorthperformancesocietyofbc

Valence Movement (dance theatre)
Engaging modern dance that shares ideas and provokes thought to shake up everyday habits.
Jamee Valin, Artistic Director
Burnaby
www.valence-valin.com

Vision Impure
Employing themes of vision and perception, Vision Impure explores intricacies of human relationships through performance.
Noam Gagnon, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.visionimpure.org

Wen Wei Dance
Creates trans-cultural performances, fusing choreography with stunning visual design and music.
Wen Wei Wang, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.wenweidance.ca

CULTURAL/OTHER

Aché Brasil
Performances of Afro-Brazilian music and dance. Academy provides dance/martial arts Capoeira lessons.
Christianne Odehnal, Manager
Vancouver
www.achebrasil.ca

Axé Capoeira
Brazilian artform combining martial arts, acrobatics, dance and live music.
Marcos Barrao
Vancouver
www.axecapoeira.com

Burnaby International Folk Dancers
We learn, teach, and perform folk dances from many cultures, including French Canada.
Jane Kupfer, President
New Westminster
www.burnabyfolkdance.org

Canadian Swing Champions
Internationally-ranked dancers, choreographers, instructors. West Coast swing, hip hop swing and vintage swing for stage/film.
Tessa Cunningham, Myles Munroe
Vancouver
www.canadianswingchampions.com

Chichaklar Dance Group
Azeri folk dances.
Vancouver
www.azeridancecanada.com

Dancers of Damelahamid
Professional Aboriginal dance company with northwest coastal button blanket regalia.
Margaret Grenier, Executive and Artistic Director
West Vancouver
www.damelahamid.ca

Dovbush Dancers
Ukrainian folk-stage dance, classical ballet, character dance, partner work. By audition only.
Deb Karras, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.dovbush.webs.com

Flamenco Rosario
Presents the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival and productions that further the evolution of the art form.
Rosario Ancer, Artistic/Executive Director and Victor Kolstee, Musical Director
Vancouver                                        
www.flamencorosario.org

Forrás Hungarian Folkdance Ensemble
Formed in 1998, continues to share traditional Hungarian dancing with audiences worldwide.
Vancouver
www.forras.ca

Git Hayetsk
North West Coast First Nations mask-dancing group.
Mique’l and Mike Dangeli
Vancouver
www.githayetsk.com

Grupo America
Latin American dance troupe that specializes in modern and traditional dances from all the Americas.
Erika Sanchez
New Westminster
www.worlddanceco.com/grupo-america

Historical Performance Ensemble
Historical, family shows: Ladies’ Aires and Dances (Baroque concert); Compleat Courtier (participatory Renaissance youth event).
Catherine Lee, Artistic Director
Richmond
www.historicalperformance.net

JC Dance Co.
Ballroom dance company that offers exclusive private lessons, as well as performers for various events.
Joel Marasigan & Clara Shih Marasigan, Founders
Vancouver
www.jcdanceco.com

Kababayang Pilipino
A cultural performing arts group dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Filipino folk heritage.
Veejay Correa
Vancouver
www.kababayangpilipino.org

Karen Flamenco
Flamenco dance.
Karen Pitkethly, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.karenflamenco.com

Kokoma African Heritage Dance and Drum Ensemble
Traditional African dance with live drumming ensemble. Workshops and performances.       
Maobong Oku, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.kokomaproductions.com

Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Company
Chinese dance performing group with repertory ranging from classical and folk to contemporary works.
Vancouver
www.chinesedance.ca

Luciterra
Fusion bellydance company.
Vancouver
www.luciterradance.com

Mandala Arts and Culture
Dedicated to producing, developing and presenting the classical Indian dance form bharata natyam.
Jai Govinda, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.mandalarts.ca

Mortal Coil Performance Society
Creating imaginative theatre and stilt dance for audiences young and old.
Vancouver
www.mortalcoil.bc.ca

Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre
Moving force in the world of Spanish dance for over 30 years.
Vancouver
www.mozaicoflamenco.com/company

Nahualli Folklore Society
Traditional Mexican dances. Classes and performances.
Burnaby
www.nahuallifolklore.com

Paul Tavai-Latta Polynesian Dancers & Co.
Polynesian dance, music, culture classes, workshops & revues.
Paul Tavai-Latta, Director
Surrey
www.paullatta.com

Project Soul
Crew of street dancers performing in hip hop and funk styles.
Kim Sato, Director
Vancouver
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Soul/217345311663883

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Vancouver Branch
An aerobic dance form in groups of eight, using Scottish steps, music and patterns.
Vancouver
www.rscdsvancouver.org

Shakti Dance
Promotes Bharata Natyam Indian classical dance through performance and training.
Anusha Fernando, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.shaktidancesociety.com

Souldiers Dance Company
Hip hop company for young dancers.
Kim Sato, Founder
Vancouver
souldierscompany

Spakwus Slolem/Eagle Song Dancers
Traditional Squamish Coast Salish dance presentation involving various masks, ie Eagle-Wolf-Bear-Raven.
Bob Baker, Leader /Co-founder/Spokesperson
North Vancouver
www.eaglesongdancers.org

Strathcona Chinese Dance Company
Folkloric dance troupe founded in 1973 to promote Chinese dance and culture.
Richmond
www.vancouverdance.com/strathcona

Surrey International Folk Dancing Society
Weekly recreational international folk dancing includes teaching and requests; available to perform in the community.
Dale Adamson, President and Program Coordinator                      
Surrey
www.surreyfolkdance.org

TapCo and Vancouver Tap Dance Ensemble
Youth and professional tap performance ensembles.
Sas Selfjord, Executive Director
Vancouver
www.vantapdance.com

TomoeArts
Japanese Classical Dance (nihon buyoh/kabuki odori) performances and classes, dance-theatre creations, site-specific performances, dance and technology.
Colleen Lanki, Artistic Director
North Vancouver
www.tomoearts.org

­Tropak Ukrainian Dance Theatre
Semi-professional Ukrainian dance, refined through the prism of classical ballet technique.
Richmond
www.tropak.ca

Vancouver Korean Dance Society
Traditional Korean dances under the direction of the artistic director Ms. Vivian Chung.
Min Je Woo, Coordinator
Coquitlam
www.koreandance.ca

Vancouver Ukrainian Performing Arts Society
Ukrainian choir, dance and orchestra: vibrant and exhilarating mix of classical and traditional folk repertoire.
Deb Karras, Director
Vancouver
www.auucvancouver.ca

V'ni Dansi      
Unique in Canada, a Vancouver-based Métis and contemporary dance company dedicated to preservation and innovation.
Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director
Vancouver
www.vnidansi.ca

Walking Bear Productions
Creates, produces, and performs original works spanning the disciplines of dance, theatre, and media arts.
Kristen Lews and David Westcott
Salt Spring Island
www.walkingbear.ca