2018-2019 SEASON

Deadline: Monday November 27, 2017

The Dance Centre offers a range of programs and awards each season which seek to support artistic development and nurture audiences. Dance from all traditions and genres, and artists at all stages of their careers, are welcomed. Dance Centre membership is required for major programs.

How to apply:

  • Read the guidelines below
  • Review past programs and awards on The Dance Centre’s website to determine which is a fit for you
  • Contact the Programming Coordinator well in advance of the deadline if you wish to discuss your project in more detail, or you are unsure which program to apply to: 604.606.6405

Submit program proposals here
​Submit Isadora Award and Lola Award nominations here



September 2018-August 2019 season


Colleen Lanki/TomoeArts/photo Eugene Lin

When:                           Season-wide
Membership required?  Yes: Full Artist and Company
Level:                            Emerging, mid-career, established

-Assists artists in furthering their careers through the creative development of new works, and promoting dance among wider audiences.
-Artists receive fully subsidized studio and/or theatre space, with potential for supported presentation and participation in other programs, exchange and networking opportunities, staffing and resource support for AIR outreach initiatives.
-Proposals should articulate a creative contribution to the artist's individual needs and a clear goal related to their professional trajectory; and outreach to actively engage a broader community (eg youth, seniors, cultural communities, other general public) through studio showings, teaching, workshops, and other activities.
-Larger project proposals must include a secured funding contribution or confirmed private sector financial support.
-Creativity, collaboration and exploration are encouraged when developing outreach or adjunct activities.
-Local artists collaborating with other artists from across Canada and abroad are also eligible.

DANCELAB (Interdisciplinary Laboratory)

Naomi Brand/photo Michelle Clarke

When:                           Season-wide
Membership required?  Yes: Full Artist and Company
Level:                           Emerging, mid-career, established.

-Supports research and collaboration between dance artists and those working in other art forms (i.e. video, film, music composition, theatre, visual art…), aiming to enhance dialogue, provoke thought, encourage risk, and develop opportunities.
-Research must articulate a clear and distinct goal, and collaborators from other disciplines: this program is not a substitute for rehearsals.
-Participants receive up to 40 hours of fully subsidized studio access; and host an open studio session for peers and public to discuss and observe the research process.
-DanceLab can become a precursor to or extension of the Artist-in-Residence program.



Mandala Arts and Culture/photo Sridar Elumalai

When:                           Monthly Sept – Nov 2018, Mar - May 2019, Thursdays at noon
Membership required?  No
Level:                           Mid-career, established

-Popular, informal, low-tech performance series promoting BC-based dance of all genres and cultural traditions to a broad audience.
-Fun, entertaining, educational shows combine performance, discussion, Q&A sessions and at times audience participation, lasting one hour in total.
-Content should be polished, engaging and lively: this program is also well suited to assist members in promoting their activities.


Open House/photo Chris Randle

When:                           September 15, 2018
Membership required?  No
Level:                           Emerging, mid-career, established

-Open House offers performances, classes, talks, open rehearsals, studio presentations, and workshops in a diverse range of dance styles for a broad public, in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.  


Shot of Scotch/photo Chris Randle

When:                           April 29, 2019
Membership required?  No
Level:                           Emerging, mid-career, established

-A celebration of the diversity of dance through free, engaging public events
-Formal to informal performances, workshops, classes, studio presentations or other dance related activities.
-Partnerships with other organizations, schools and venues are encouraged.


When:                           Season-wide
Membership required?  No
Level:                           Emerging, mid-career, established

-For proposals that fall outside of existing standard programs including: one time special projects or partnerships; dance programming beyond the stage (online media, dance video projects, and related initiatives); discourse projects (roundtables, panels, writing, ideas exchange); and exhibitions (dance-related visual arts and media-based installations) for the main lobby space to be featured for up to three month periods throughout the season.




Greer Whillans/photo Mavreen David

When:                           Winter, Spring + June performance
Membership required? Yes: Full Artist and Company
Level:                           Emerging

-12MM aims to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue.
-Participants receive subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to research and create short works, with input from the guest curators, and share their work in an informal studio showing open to the public.
-Some works will be selected for full performance at the end of the season in June.

Submissions are invited year-roundview dates and guidelines.



When:                           Award presented Spring 2018
Membership required?   Yes: Full Artist/Company
Level:                           Mid-career, established

The biennial Lola Award was created in memory of the much-loved Vancouver choreographer Lola MacLaughlin who passed away in 2009. Worth $10,000, the Award is given to a mid-career or senior level choreographer, highly respected by his/her peers, who has demonstrated an adventurous willingness to push beyond the boundaries of movement/dance performance into collaborative, interdisciplinary work that draws on elements of spoken word, theatre, video, design, visual arts, music composition and/or other media. 

Read the guidelines and make a nomination


When: Award presented Spring 2018
Membership required? Yes: Full Artist/Company
Level: Established

Initiated by The Dance Centre in 1999, the Isadora Award is aimed at recognizing an established, professional choreographer or dancer who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of dance in BC. The award is open to choreographers and dancers of all dance disciplines. The recipient will receive a specially-designed award created by renowned glass sculptor Mary Filer, rehearsal space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to a value of $1000, and $500 cash.

Read the guidelines and make a nomination


Photos top to bottom: Colleen Lanki/TomoeArts by Eugene Lin; Naomi Brand by Michelle Clarke; Mandala Arts and Culture by Sridar Elumalai; Open House by Chris Randle; Shot of Scotch by Chris Randle; Green Whillans by Mavreen David.