Scotiabank Dance Centre
Celebrating one of Canada's flagship dance facilities
Our 2021-2022 season marked the 20th anniversary of our building, Scotiabank Dance Centre, with special programming including exhibits, publications and a film, in addition to residencies, performances, and a special edition of the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House.
ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
“It has been immensely rewarding to see how Scotiabank Dance Centre, which began as a dream so many years ago, has contributed to the arts scene in our city and the growth of BC’s dance community! As a hub for dance, it provides high quality studio space, but it is much more than just a building: we have nurtured a stimulating environment that is supportive of the creative potential of dance artists, contributing to a thriving synergy within the arts sector in Canada. Scotiabank Dance Centre is a place where people from all walks of life come together around dance. Today it is also an established participant in a cultural network connecting BC to organizations around the world, and facilitating national and international cultural exchanges – even throughout the pandemic as we kept the facility operational and accessible to artists, helping to sustain careers in dance.”
– Mirna Zagar, Executive Director
SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE AT A GLANCE
450+ studio renters
792 classes and workshops 128 performances, presentations and special events
The Dance Centre has been key to my work as a performer, director and choreographer. It was a home for me to work when I first returned to Vancouver, and has become the base for my company, TomoeArts. It's been the foundation of my practice!
The Scotiabank Dance Centre is a space so many diverse artists create their magic. It is a meeting point where we are sure to see familiar faces, or now, familiar eyes behind a mask. Personally, I am grateful for the guidance and support of Mirna, Raquel and Linda who have helped through the years in all phases from idea to performance, creating possibilities to develop work as a choreographer and director in a place I call home.
So much of my dance life has happened in the Birmingham studio! Every time I'm at The Dance Centre I find it a beautiful thing to be with the collective dance histories and memories that have passed through there.