Open House 2016


The Dance Centre presents the 15th annual

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House
Saturday September 10, 2016
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver

Free events 11am-5pm
Performance 8pm: Ziyian Kwan | dumb instrument Dance + Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance: Simile
Tickets $25/$20 from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787

Information: 604 606 6400

Presented with the support of Scotiabank

From contemporary and Scottish to swing and Pow Wow, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of open classes and events. Highlights include a performance of Brazilian dances and capoeira by Aché Brasil, a studio showing with Co.ERASGA, and a workshop on injury prevention with Anderson Performance Clinic, in addition to a wide range of classes. In the evening, two of Vancouver’s most exciting contemporary dance artists – Ziyian Kwan of dumb instrument Dance and Vanessa Goodman of Action at a Distance – share a triple bill of their work, in a performance titled Simile.

Schedule of Free Events 11am-5pm

All classes are open level and suitable for beginners

11am-12 noon Class: Pow Wow with Raven Spirit Dance

11am-12 noon Class: Tap with Susan Nase

11.30am-12.30pm Studio Showing: excerpts from Co.ERASGA’s upcoming Collected, Traces, and Still Here

11.30am-1pm Workshop: Stretch and Strengthen for Injury Prevention with physiotherapist Stuart Anderson and registered massage therapist Martin Williams of Anderson Performance Clinic - a practical workshop on common dance injuries, when to seek professional help, and what you can do to prevent them.   

12 noon-1pm Class: Highland Dance with Shot of Scotch

12.30-1.30pm Class: Swing with Atomic Radio Productions

1-2pm Class: Introduction to Contemporary Improvisation with Emmalena Fredriksson

1.30-2.30pm Class: Voguing with Ralph Escamillan

2-3pm Performance: Capoeira and Brazilian Dance with Aché Brasil

2-3pm Class: Yoga for Beginners with Kate Franklin

2.30-3.30pm Class: Cha Cha for Beginners with JC Dance Co.

3-4pm Class: Métis Jigging with V’ni Dansi

3-4pm Class: Hip Hop with AE Wild of Project Soul

3-4pm Talk: Introduction to Performance Psychology with Stuart Anderson, Anderson Performance Clinic – the principles of performance psychology, and specific tools for optimizing consistent peak performance. 

3.30-5pm Class: Ballet with Linda Arkelian

4-5pm Class: Contemporary Technique with Polymer Dance

4-5pm Class: Middle Eastern and bellydance with Maki

11am-5pm Vancouver Ballet Society library open to visitors

Performance 8pm:
Ziyian Kwan | dumb instrument Dance + Vanessa Goodman | Action at a Distance

Simile is an evening of contemporary dance choreographed and performed by Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman, which highlights the artistic camaraderie between two vibrant creative voices. Goodman’s Floating Upstream evokes the fantastical notion of having one's head in the clouds, while Kwan’s Still Rhyming is an ode to the artistic muse which draws on the prose of Patti Smith. In Vertebrate Dreams is a quirky duet which plays with the interface of animal and human. The evening also features live sound by composer Jo Passed, an original score by Loscil and lighting design by James Proudfoot.

Tickets $25/$20 from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787

Regarded as Canada’s flagship dance facility, Scotiabank Dance Centre was designed by Arthur Erickson and opened in September 2001. “Our annual Open House is an opportunity to celebrate a wonderful building, which has become a home for dance of all kinds, and also to discover the excitement and diversity of Vancouver’s dance scene,” said Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre, the organization which spearheaded the development of the facility.

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Media contact: Heather Bray, Marketing Manager T: 604 606 6412 F: 604 606 6401

The operations of The Dance Centre are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Arts Council, 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