International Dance Day


Vancouver celebrates International Dance Day
Saturday April 29, 2017 12 noon-7pm
Various downtown Vancouver locations
Free admission
Info 604 606 6400

The Dance Centre presents a program of free events celebrating International Dance Day in Vancouver, featuring contemporary dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Roundhouse Community Centre, salsa at Robson Square, and a bhangra event with students from Windermere Secondary School outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 with events across Canada and around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), regarded as the founder of modern ballet. Each year The Dance Centre presents events which celebrate the art form.

Schedule of Events

1-1.30pm Youth Bhangra Blast Students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for an exuberant bhangra routine created with South Asian Arts.
Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza, Robson St between Howe and Hornby

1.30-4.30pm Robson Square Salsa A special IDD edition of a Vancouver summer favourite, featuring a salsa demonstration, lesson and social: all welcome!
Robson Square, 800 Robson St

3-3.30pm Polymer Dance Contemporary dance troupe performs a site-specific improvisation responding to the environment around us.
Roundhouse Turntable Plaza at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

3.30-4pm Foolish Operations A recreation of the spirit of a knitting circle, Tricoter playfully integrates yarn into the choreography to explore community, memory and family histories.
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

4-5pm DanceLab Dance artist/performer Jeanette Kotowich and musician/performer Wayne Lavallee give an informal showing of work currently in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

6-7pm Mixed Bill A shared program of dynamic contemporary dance including short works by: Company 605 with an excerpt from Inheritor Album plus their new work in progress for the Modus Operandi Training Program's students; Vanessa Goodman’s Floating Upstream, a collaboration with sound artist Loscil; Ralph Escamillan and dancers with excerpts of research leading towards his first full-length work; and Maya Tenzer with a brand new solo in development. 
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

All day: Pressed Paradise share intriguing pop-up performances, events and installations in unexpected corners of Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

The Dance Centre was established in 1986 as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, and has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. The Dance Centre offer programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, presents public performances and events, manages Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada's flagship dance facility, and works to promote BC dance. 

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Media contact: Heather Bray, Marketing Manager T: 604 606 6412

The operations of The Dance Centre are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs.

The Dance Centre
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC V6B 2G6 Tel 604 606 6400