Other Events 2015-2016


International Dance Day April 29, 2016


In 2015 The Dance Centre commissioned Vancouver filmmaker Jason Karman to create a video celebrating the vibrant diversity of dance in our community, and its capacity to bring people together.
Dancers: Baldeep Dulay (bhangra), Tony Giroux (hip hop), Arash Khakpour (contemporary) and Veronica Stewart (flamenco).
Conceived and directed by Jason Karman; Director of photography – Tyler McGrath; Producers – Steve Menchions and Brad Harder; Music – Joe Marcel Berry. Special thanks to the University of British Columbia, the Cineworks Play It Forward program and Telus.

International Dance Day Vancouver events 2016

Join us for a program of performances and events celebrating the vitality and diversity of dance in Vancouver! Full details to be announced.


In 1982 the Dance Committee of UNESCO's International Theatre Institute founded International Dance Day, to be celebrated every year on April 29, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810) who is regarded as the creator of modern ballet. Its goal is to celebrate dance around the world, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together with a common language - dance.

In 2012 the Canadian Dance Assembly launched the I love dance/J'aime la danse campaign which leads up to International Dance Day.

Past Events

The 14th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11am-5pm
Free admission

Mandala Arts and Culture/photo Ron Sangha

Mandala Arts and Culture/photo Ron Sangha

Our annual Open House offers a chance to experience a host of different dance styles in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility. 

Classes are open level and suitable for all, including beginners. Pre-registration is not required.

11am-12 noon Class: danceFIT with Johanna Ward. Dance-cardio workout uses fun moves and fun music to improve cardio endurance, core strength, coordination, flexibility and exercise attitude.

11am-12:30pm Class: Dance Improvisation with Helen Walkley. For anyone who loves to move and would like to explore the possibilities of creating movement in the moment. All welcome.

11am-2pm Vancouver Ballet Society Library: explore the library’s extensive book and magazine collection.

12-12.30pm Studio Showing: contemporary aboriginal choreographer Starr Muranko shows excerpts from her forthcoming Canada-Peru collaboration, Spine of the Mother.

12 noon-1pm Class: Middle Eastern Dance introductory class with bellydance teacher and performer Negma.

1-2pm Studio Showing + Discussion: The Dovbush Dancers give a demonstration of Ukrainian dances, and talk about the training, costumes, history and more.

1-2pm Class: Amber Funk Barton, Artistic Director of the response, teaches an introductory contemporary dance class.

2-2.30pm Lecture Demonstration: Mandala Arts and Culture’s Artistic Director Jai Govinda hosts an introductory performance of the classical Indian dance style of bharata natyam, featuring dancers Aishwarya Roshan and Malavika Santhosh.

2-3:30pm Class: Linda Arkelian teaches an adult introductory ballet class. 

2:30-3:30pm Class: swing dance with Port-O-Swing Dance School.

3-4pm Class: PowWow with Nyla Carpentier. The class will follow a natural flow of warm up, PowWow cardio and cool down, while exploring basics, themes and history.

3-4pm Class: LaBlast with Claire French. LaBlast focuses on dancing, getting fit and having fun, with high energy dance moves including the Cha Cha, Disco and Jive.

4-5pm Class: Latin dance and salsa with Julio Borgwardt.

4-5pm Open Rehearsal: contemporary dance company 605 Dance Collective open up a rehearsal of a new work for public viewing.

Ongoing: Dance video rummage sale: The Dance Centre is clearing out its library – pick up videos (VHS format) of dance from Canada and around the world. By donation.

The Open House is presented with the support of