UPCOMING DEADLINES

Dance artists can apply for a wide range of programs and awards which support research, creation, professional development, and public engagement. 

  • Dance artists working in all traditions and genres, and at all career stages, are welcomed.
  • Dance Centre membership is required for all programs.
  • A call for submissions is issued each fall for the following season. Some programs such as 12 Minutes Max have deadlines throughout the season.

How to apply:

  • Read the guidelines below.
  • Review current programs on our website to determine which is a fit for you.
  • Contact the Programming Coordinator if you wish to discuss your project in more detail: 604.606.6405 programming@thedancecentre.ca
  • Submit your proposal online.

Programs

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: CREATE + ENGAGE

When:
Season-wide
Who can apply:
Full Artist and Company members
Level:
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • The AIR program supports artists in the creative development of new work, and connects them with wider audiences through outreach and adjunct activities.
  • Artists receive fully-subsidized studio and/or theatre space, with potential for supported presentation and participation in other programs; exchange and networking opportunities; and staffing and resource support for outreach initiatives.
  • Proposals should articulate how a residency would be a creative contribution to your needs, and show a clear goal related to your professional path. You should also include outreach ideas to engage a broader community, such as studio showings, talks, or classes.
  • Larger projects must include a secured funding contribution or other confirmed financial support.
  • Creativity, collaboration and exploration are encouraged when developing outreach activities.
  • Local artists collaborating with other artists from across Canada and abroad are also eligible.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

DANCELAB: INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

When:
Season-wide
Who can apply:
Full Artist and Company members
Level:
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • The DanceLab supports research and collaboration between dance artists and those working in other art forms (eg film, music, theatre, visual art), aiming to enhance dialogue, provoke thought, encourage risk, and develop opportunities.
  • Your proposal must articulate a clear goal, and include collaborators from other disciplines: this program is not a substitute for rehearsals.
  • Participants receive up to 40 hours of fully-subsidized studio space; and host an open studio sharing for peers and the public to discuss and observe the research process.
  • DanceLab is an ideal precursor to Artist-In-Residence.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

DANCE IN VANCOUVER: BIENNIAL PLATFORM

When:
November 2021
Who can apply:
Full Artist and Company members
Level:
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • DIV contributes to the dissemination of choreographic works through touring and exchanges, fosters collaboration among dance communities regionally, nationally and internationally, connects artists with presenters, and contributes to the strengthening of the dance infrastructure in BC. -Events include public performances, studio showings and specific programming for presenters who attend from across Canada and around the world.
  • Artists may apply for:

Mainstage Performances (completed and tour-ready works, tech rider required);
Studio Showings (completed or works in progress).
Special Projects

NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2021 edition opens fall 2020

DISCOVER DANCE! PERFORMANCE SERIES

When:
Monthly September– November 2020, March – May 2021
Thursdays at noon + optional evening show same day
Who can apply:
All members
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.
  • Your show should be polished, engaging and lively: this program is also well suited to assist you in promoting your upcoming activities.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE OPEN HOUSE: COMMUNITY EVENT

When:
September 12, 2020
Who can apply:
All members
Level
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • Open House offers a day of free events in a diverse range of dance styles for a broad public, in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.
  • You may propose a class/workshop, studio showing/open rehearsal, performance, talk, installation, or any other engaging, accessible event.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY: CELEBRATING THE ART OF DANCE

When:
April 29, 2021
Who can apply:
All members
Level:
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • IDD is a global celebration of the art of dance through free, engaging public events
  • Activities may include informal performances, workshops, classes, studio presentations and more.
  • Your event should be accessible and engaging for a broad audience.
  • Partnerships with other organizations, schools and venues are encouraged.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

BRING YOUR OWN PROJECT

When
Season-wide
Who can apply:
All members
Level:
Emerging, mid-career, established
  • For any proposals which don’t fit into the above programs, such as:
  • One-time special projects or partnerships; 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).
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions for 2020/2021 season opens fall 2019

Other Programs

12 MINUTES MAX

When:
Fall, Winter, Spring + June 2020 performance
Who can apply:
Full Artist and Company members
Level:
Emerging
  • 12MM aims to foster experimentation and the development of a choreographic idea or work-in-progress, from the initial stages through to the first public encounter.
  • Artists have access to support and feedback from the facilitators, the opportunity to share the work with their peers in the program, and participate in community dialogues with audiences at public showings.
  • Participants receive subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre, and participate in an informal public showing.
  • At the end of the season, the facilitators will identify a selection of the works for further development and the introduction of production elements, leading to a ticketed performance at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
NEXT DEADLINE: Fall 2019 - Friday September 6, 2019

Awards

ISADORA AWARD

When:
TBA
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.

This award is currently under review, returning in 2019.

IRIS GARLAND EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD

When:
Award presented Spring 2021
Who can apply:
Full Artist and Company members
Level:
Emerging
  • The IGECA is presented every two years to a senior dance student or emerging dance artist between 19 and 35 years of age who demonstrates exceptional choreographic ability and the potential to realize a future in the creative realm of dance.
  • The Award invests up to $5,000 into the chosen work, to be used towards the creation and/or production costs of presenting the work in the Faris Family Studio at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
NEXT DEADLINE: Call for submissions opens fall 2021

THE LOLA AWARD

When:
Award presented Spring 2020
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.

NEXT DEADLINE: Call for nominations opens fall 2019