Other Events 2015-2016

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


International Dance Day April 29, 2016: Vancouver events

12-12.30pm The Dovbush Dancers + Shot of Scotch: an exuberant performance of dances from Ukraine and the Scottish Highlands.
Vancouver Public Library Main Concourse, 350 West Georgia St

12.30-2.30pm Open Rehearsal with Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Justine A. Chambers and Jenn Goodwin. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

1-1.30pm Urban Youth Blast: students from Windermere Secondary School perform a high-energy hip hop routine created with Kim Sato of Project Soul.
Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza, Robson Street between Howe and Hornby St

2.30-3.30pm DanceLab: Ziyian Kwan | dumb instrument Dance gives an informal showing of studio research for her new interdisciplinary collaboration with sculptor Tanis Saxby, cellist Peggy Lee and media artist Cande Andrade Gutierrez. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St 

5-5.30pm The Things I Carry: Lee Su-Feh of battery opera performance explores the body as an archive of experiences, sensations and history, through story-telling, song, movement and electronic devices. This intimate work was developed through Migrant Bodies, an EU-supported project reflecting on migrations and their cultural impact.
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

6-7pm Space + Time: a program of dynamic contemporary dance by Amber Funk Barton, Artistic Director of the response., including work-in-progress excerpts of her upcoming solo VAST and new work for the company’s Apprentice Program.
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Free admission.

VIDEO MESSAGE: Amber Funk Barton, the response.


Other IDD events in the Lower Mainland:

Co.ERASGA – Open Rehearsal
April 29, 2016 at 11:00am - 1:00pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby

Arts Umbrella Dance Company - An Open Rehearsal with Lesley Telford
April 29, 2016, 1.30-3pm
1286 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Sudnya Dance and Clarkson Events:
Colours – An International Dance Day Celebration
April 29-30, 2016
Steveston-London Secondary School, Richmond

Diskordanse: Blueprint to a better place - International Dance Day Celebration
April 29, 2016 at 7pm
Surrey Arts Centre


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.


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.

International Dance Day 2016 messageSusanne Chui