Other Events 2014-2015

International Dance Day Events April 29, 2015

Join us for a day of events celebrating the art of dance on International Dance Day! Details TBA.


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 Canada’s National Dance Week and the I love dance/J'aime la danse campaign which leads up to International Dance Day.

Past Events

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 13, 2014

Shay Kuebler Radical System Arts/photo David Cooper

Shay Kuebler and Radical System Arts/photo David Cooper

A day of free open classes, workshops, studio showings and events, celebrating Canada's flagship dance facility and the diversity of our community! Participating artists and companies include Kinesis Dance somatheatro, TomoeArts, Shay Kuebler and Radical System Arts, Polymer Dance and more.

Full program of events

(All classes and events are open level – beginners welcome.)

*Updated August 28, 2014*

11am – 5pm Vancouver Ballet Society Library + Dance International Magazine: explore the library’s extensive book and magazine collection, and pick up a free back issue of Dance International magazine (limited quantities available).

NEW 11am-12 noon Pilates Mat Class with dancer and Pilates instructor Susan Kania. Participants are welcome to bring their own mats: a limited number of mats will be available in the studio. (Ballet Fit is now at 4pm.)

11am-12 noon Demonstration/Workshop: TomoeArts introduces nihon buyoh - Japanese classical dance. Artistic Director Colleen Lanki and company member Ryan Caron will demonstrate dances, talk about nihon buyoh as an art form, and teach participants some gestures and steps.

11am-12.30pm Lecture/Workshop: Healthy Dancer Canada physiotherapist Stuart Anderson and educator Andrea Downie discuss Anxiety and Movement Memory for dancers and teachers.

12 noon-1pm Class: Flamenco with Karen Flamenco.

12 noon-1pm Class: Contemporary dance with Linda Arkelian. Linda's class focuses on alignment, core strength, release work, breath and flexibility.

12noon–1:30pm Class: Classical Ballet with Debbie Lee of Debbie Lee Dance.

12:30–1:30pm Studio Showing: Butoh. Kokoro Dance’s Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi host a showing of work created by participants in a recent intensive workshop and discuss the art of Butoh.

1-2pm Class: Nia, a blend of dance, martial arts and healing arts, with Jasjit Rai of Joiworks.

1-2pm Class: Contemporary dance with community-based performance group Polymer Dance.

1-2pm Class: Middle Eastern Dance introductory class with bellydance teacher and performer Negma.

2-3pm Studio Showing: Glory. Shay Kuebler and Radical System Arts give a sneak peek of Kuebler’s hotly anticipated new work, set to premiere in 2015 at the Chutzpah! Festival. There will be an artist talkback after the showing.

2-3pm Class: Afro-Cuban dances with Kenny-Davis Ntolla of Okokan Entertainment.

2-3pm Class: Pow-Wow with Nyla Carpentier. The class will follow a natural flow of warm up, pow-wow cardio and cool down, while exploring pow-wow basics, themes and history.

3-4pm Studio Showing: things near and far. Performers Ziyian Kwan, Anne Cooper and Ron Stewart give a sneak preview of excerpts from an evening of contemporary choreography by Tedd Robinson and Josh Martin, premiering at the Firehall Arts Centre in December. Followed by an artist talkback.

3-4pm Class: Ukrainian Folk Dance with the Dovbush Dancers/Association of United Ukrainians.

3-4pm Class: Hip Hop with Kim Sato of Project Soul Productions.

4-5pm Showing/Discussion: Project CPR. Now in its fifth year, Project CPR (Choreographic Practice and Research) is an initiative of choreographer Claire French and Restless Productions focusing on research and creation for contemporary dance artists.  Featured choreographers Jacinte Armstrong, Caitlin Griffin and Jamee Valin will show work in development, followed by a discussion.

4-5pm Class: Ballet Fit with Suzy Kaitman. This ballet-inspired workout uses the principles of classical dance to tone and sculpt the body and includes elements of barre work, cardio, core and flexibility.

4-5pm Demonstration/Class: Swing Dance with Port-O-Swing.

4-5.30pm Workshop: Dance Out Loud with Kinesis Dance somatheatro. Artistic Director Paras Terezakis and company dancers lead Dance Out Loud, the company’s signature workshop which is a dynamic blend of voice, physical movement, and improvisation.

The Open House is presented with the support of