Artist Workshops

Photo Gerry Kopelow

Business of Dance Information Sessions 2017

These informative group sessions are designed for artists and others working in the dance sector to ask Dance Centre staff questions about specific topics ranging from grant writing, career development, marketing, Dance Centre programs, and more.

January 25:
Budgeting Skills for the Working Artist: Mirna Zagar Executive Director with Elyn Dobbs Arts Accountant

February 8:
Promoting Your Show: Heather Bray Marketing Manager

March 8:
Grant Writing 101: Mirna Zagar Executive Director

April 5:
Engaging with The Dance Centre through Dance In Vancouver: Raquel Alvaro Programming Coordinator

May 3:
Incorporate or not to Incorporate?: Mirna Zagar Executive Director

June 28:
Strategic Fundraising for Dance Artists: Sheri Urquhart Development Director

Time: 4-5pm.
Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver.


Email or call member services at 604.606.6416 no later than 3pm on Monday the week of the info session.
All info sessions: Dance Centre members FREE / Non-members $10


Craft Development for Dance Artists

A  workshop series designed to provide artists with creative tools and practical knowledge for dance making.

Early bird: book for all three workshops by March 31 and save! Details below.

The Art of Rehearsal Directing
Facilitator: Martha Carter (director, choreographer)

Wednesday April 12, 2017 | 1-4pm Faris Family Studio
Registration deadline: Monday April 10, 2017

Are you your own rehearsal director? Would you like to learn how to work with a rehearsal director? Would you like to develop your knowledge around this skill set? Learn basic principles and techniques of effective rehearsal directing to take your work to the next level.

It is well known that all choreographies can benefit from a rehearsal director, especially those where the choreographer is performing themselves. That is why this workshop is so important! Come and join Martha to examine different aspects of the work of a rehearsal director and how it complements the roles of an ‘outside eye’ and dramaturg. Reflecting on her many years as a rehearsal director with Cie Marie Chouinard and other choreographers, she will use clips of various videos to demonstrate specific ways of assisting the research, creation and production of dance works. The workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in either working with a director for their own work, or becoming a rehearsal director for others. 

Spatial Dramaturgy
Facilitator: Alex Ferguson (performance maker)

Friday May 12, 2017 | 12-4pm Faris Family Studio

Registration deadline: Friday May 5, 2017

Fight With a Stick co-artistic director Alex Ferguson brings his interest in studying how spectators understand performance environments by combining the insights of cognitive neuroscience with scenography and performance design to this workshop. 

Alex will introduce the principles of spatial dramaturgy and scenography through a showing of videos on dance, theatre, and installation performance. Then, using objects, lights, sounds, human bodies, and found materials, participants will create short performances informed by these principles and make changes based on his feedback and present them again. In this workshop, Alex is both a co-deviser and an outside eye who draws attention to the way the materials might be used, putting attention on the affects of texture, density, colour, tempo and rhythm of movement of people and objects, as well as the affects of the existing architecture.

Working with a Lighting Designer 
Facilitator: James Proudfoot (lighting designer)

Wednesday June 14, 2017 | 1-4pm Faris Family Studio
Registration deadline: Wednesday June 7, 2017


Explore the different ways that lighting can support your work and learn the terminology to effectively communicate your ideas to a lighting designer. James Proudfoot is one of Vancouver’s leading lighting designers in dance, who has designed for dances in festival formats to full evening performances. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to prepare for a lighting hang, learn about focusing lights, and how to use lighting to create different moods and looks, structure the space, and support the physical and thematic aspects of choreography.


Book for all 3 workshops + save!:   $100 DC member | $130 non member (register by March 31)
Single workshop:                             $40 DC member | $50 non member (register 7 days prior to workshop)

How to book

Email Hilary Maxwell or call 604.606.6416. Space is limited: register early!