All-day dance action returning to Robson Square!

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Ready to bust a move in the middle of downtown Vancouver?

The fifth year of the Vancouver Street Dance Festival is upon us. The outdoor, all-ages, event features dance battles, live music and DJs, with the main action Saturday July 30 at Robson Square (800 Robson St.) from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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All-day dance action returning to Robson Square!

Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

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The Canadian premieres of Possible Impossible and Crisálida, two co-productions from Sweden’s Memory Wax and Cuba’s Danza Teatro Retazos, are among the highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival.

From Feb. 28 – March 19, the 2016 VIDF will host dancers from Sweden, Cuba, Japan, Quebec, Ontario, and Vancouver in an impressive array of world, West Coast, and Canadian premieres. Here are some highlights.

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Highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival

Five reasons to get out of bed in February

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Whoo-hoo! Let’s hear it for February!

This underrated month – stuck between the post-holiday doldrums of January and the waiting-for-springness of March – has a lot going for it. Valentine’s Day and, uhm, well – it’s also the shortest month. So there’s that.

Plus, there’s always something happening in the worlds of theatre, dance, comedy and music. Here are a few highlights with nothing much in common but, perhaps, their ability to remind us that February isn’t so bad after all.

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Five reasons to get out of bed in February

Big talent, small stage – see Ballet BC dancers up close and personal!

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Dancers featured in Dances for a Small Stage 32.

A Ballet BC dancer, a former member of the Nederlands Dans Theater and a Vancouver burlesque star are just a few reasons to check out the 32nd Dances for a Small Stage.

The series has long been known for bringing the rarefied world of contemporary dance to a new audience who might not know Balanchine from Ballantine’s.

By pairing a diverse array of dancers with musicians and other collaborators, by having them inhabit a postage-stamp space that is often near the audience, and by performing bite-size chunks of about five-to-seven minutes apiece, Dances for a Small Stage makes accessible art that even non-dance aficionados can enjoy.

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Big talent, small stage – see Ballet BC dancers up close and personal!

Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

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Interprètes/Dancers: Paige Culley. Sylvie-Ann Paré photo.

The woman who has been called “Canada’s reigning queen of contemporary dance” is back in Vancouver this weekend. And this time, she’s bringing an ambitious two-part performance that interprets work by a renowned composer and a lesser-known but no less intriguing poet/painter.

On Feb. 27 and 28, veteran Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to Vancouver with Gymnopédies and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. The first is a sensuous piece set to music composed in the late 1800s by Erik Satie. The second interprets a 1951 book of illustrations by poet and artist Henri Michaux to create a percussive and vital dance.

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Renowned Montreal dance company in Vancouver this weekend!

All-male ballet comes to Vancouver!

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While the PuSh is a big draw for culture vultures this weekend (and until Feb. 7) in Vancouver, there are still performances that lie outside the international performing arts festival. One of these outliers is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a New York-based all-male ballet troupe.

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All-male ballet comes to Vancouver!

In/verse premieres three works

BC Ballet's Emily Molnar. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

BC Ballet’s Emily Molnar. Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

Two world premieres and one North American premiere kick off Ballet BC’s 2012/13 season.

Billed as In/verse, the dance event runs Nov 22 – 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and features works that will challenge dancers and thrill audience members. Two of the pieces are by celebrated international choreographers, while one is from Emily Molnar, the acclaimed Canadian dancer who now heads up Ballet BC as artistic director.

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In/verse premieres three works