How to RENT

Frequently asked questions about renting at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Scotiabank Dance Centre provides a unique environment for dance rehearsals, classes, workshops, performances, filming, photoshoots and auditions, and for special events like meetings, conferences, weddings, receptions, focus groups, strategic planning and team building sessions.

COVID-19 protocols are in effect: details.

Zagar Studio empty on a sunny day


  1. Select a space for your dance event or a special event.
  2. Review our rates and special events guide for information about catering, hours of operation, terms, services and amenities. Review our COVID-19 protocols.
  3. Contact us to enquire about availability and to make your booking.
  • Email studiorentals[at] or call 604.606.6400 for studio availability.
  • Visit us in person: main lobby, venue services desk
  • First time renters receive a Rental Agreement which must be signed and returned prior to booking any studio. This outlines the rules and guidelines for booking studio space.
  • A contract must be signed for every studio booking. This specifies the dates and cost of each rental and must be signed and returned within 3 days, along with payment, in order to secure the booking.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply for special events.


Anyone can rent space for a wide range of activities but we give priority to professional dance artists and choreographers who are creating and rehearsing works.

We have six dance studios plus a performance/production space:

  • Birmingham + Kraul & Strate Studios: Marley floor, 1800 sq ft
  • Jarislowsky+ Jandali Studios: Marley floors, 1400 sq ft
  • Marcuse Studio: wood floor, 800 sq ft
  • Zagar Studio: wood floor, 630 sq feet
  • Faris Family Studio: black box performance/production space

Full studio details and photos

All studios are wheelchair-accessible with the exception of the Jandali and the Kraul & Strate studios on level 4.

  • Scotiabank Dance Centre is currently open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm
  • The building is closed on statutory holidays.
  • Scotiabank Dance Centre is open for reduced hours over the Christmas/New Year period.

Contracts must be signed and payment made within 3 days of booking, or the booking will be released.
All cancellations and changes must be made in writing

Cancellation fees:

  • No fee if cancellation of a booking is made more than 3 months prior to the event
  • 25% cancellation fee if cancellation is made less than 3 months but more than 30 days prior to the event
  • 100% cancellation fee if cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to the booking including “no-shows”

Change fees: the first change to a contract is free; a $15 fee will apply to each subsequent change request.

  • Yes! Insurance is a requirement of renting at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
  • $5 million in General Liability Insurance listing The Dance Foundation and The VDC Dance Centre Society as additional insured.
  • If this proof is not provided, we are able to offer coverage for $5 for up to 3 hours, $20 for a day or $50 for 6 months: this covers up to 25 people and applies to all studios except the Faris Family Studio.
  • No street shoes are permitted in the studios (exceptions apply for special events)
  • Renters must abide by their rental times. No sneaking in early or running late!
  • If your group is the last of the day, 15 minutes are permitted to exit the building before it is locked for the evening
  • No food or drink is permitted in the studios, except for water
  • No oils, incense or candles
  • Soft-soled shoes only, or non-marking running shoes, on the Marley floors
  • No animals are permitted inside Scotiabank Dance Centre, with the exception of guide dogs
  • Please review our COVID-19 protocols and procedures carefully.