Discover Dance! 2016-2017

Our popular noon series offers informative and inspiring shows by BC-based dance companies which combine performance, question-and-answer sessions with the artists, and sometimes even audience participation. 

Performances start at 12 noon and last 60 minutes, including artist talkback, and take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

The 2016-2017 season has finished: we will resume in September.

Past shows

Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz Thursday September 29, 12 noon

Shiamak's Bollywood Jazz/photo Aziz Dhamani

Originally springing from India’s booming film industry, Bollywood dance has become its own wildly popular genre, mashing together jazz, folk and modern influences with lavish costumes and inventive props. The Shiamak Dance Team, Vancouver will get your toes tapping with a colourful, high-energy performance bursting with infectious rhythms, vitality and fun.

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Photo Aziz Dhamani

Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble Thursday October 27, 12 noon

Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble/photo Brendan Lally

Flamenco virtuoso Kasandra ‘La China’ leads Solo Flamenco, a showcase of flamenco in its purest traditional form – the cuadro. Comprising a dancer, singer, guitarist and percussionist, the cuadro provides the perfect setting for the spontaneous interactions between dancers and musicians, and the dazzling rhythmic conversations that flamenco is famed for. The combustible onstage chemistry, technical skill and shared musicality of these artists create a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul.

Photo Brendan Lally

the response. Thursday November 24, 12 noon 

the response./photo Chris Barton

the response. blends contemporary dance techniques with the physicality and attitude of urban culture. Led by Artistic Director Amber Funk Barton, known as an exceptionally fluent and musical dancer, the company forges an immediate emotional connection with audiences through its energetic dancers, juicy, full-blooded movement and exciting music. This performance will feature a selection of dynamic works, plus a sneak preview of an upcoming premiere.

Photo Chris Barton

Grupo America Thursday February 9, 12 noon 

Grupo America/photo Alan Beaton

Get ready for a Latin dance extravaganza! Las Americas is an exuberant explosion of colour, which takes us on a journey through the dances of South and Central America and up to the United States. Vibrant Latin dances such as salsa, tango, cha cha and samba will be performed in addition to captivating traditional folkloric routines that are steeped in culture and history, including Mexican Zapateado, Cumbia, Afro-Latin dances, and more.

Photo Alan Beaton

Aeriosa Thursday March 30, 12 noon

Aeriosa/photo Tim Matheson

Aeriosa’s spectacular aerial dance shows bring together the athleticism of rock climbing and the grace and artistry of dance. Using rope rigging systems, the company creates three-dimensional performances that re-interpret gravity, unlock new movement possibilities, and delight and inspire audiences. Choreographer Julia Taffe presents a program of theatre-based work and provides revealing insights into a unique dance genre.

Photo Tim Matheson

Goh Ballet Thursday April 27, 12 noon 

Goh Ballet/photo David Cooper

The elegance and precision of ballet comes to life with an exhilarating performance by the award-winning dancers of the Goh Ballet Youth Company and students from the Goh Ballet Academy. Recognized as one of the world’s finest training institutes, the Academy produces graduates who go on to dance with major companies across North America, Europe and Asia. The dancers will perform a rich selection of ballets ranging from the classical repertoire to modern works by the choreographers of today.

Photo David Cooper