First Nations Dance Festival Returns to Museum of Anthropology, March 8-11

Photo credit: Dancers of Damelahamid

If you’ve been to the UBC Museum of Anthropology, then you’ve probably stopped to admire the Great Hall.  Glass walls rise several stories high, flooding the enormous hall with light.  Inside are towering totem poles from Haida and other first nations villages along the British Columbia coast.  It’s a breathtaking way to glimpse the area’s rich aboriginal history.

Now imagine the Great Hall filled with with some of the best aboriginal dancers from throughout the province and around the world.  From March 8-March 11, the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival returns to the Museum of Anthropology for four days of world-class performances in the shadow of the totem poles in the Great Hall.  Celebrating its fifth year, the festival brings together acclaimed dancers from British Columbia, Manitoba, the Yukon, Alaska and as far away as Australia.

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First Nations Dance Festival Returns to Museum of Anthropology, March 8-11

Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012

Photo: Vancouver International Salsafestival

March 2012 is shaping up to be a mini “dance celebration” month in Vancouver: Not only can you see Aboriginal dance at the on-going Talking Stick Festival (which runs through March 5), there are three more dance festivals coming up next month: the Vancouver International Salsafestival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2012 and the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.

Vancouver International Salsafestival 2012March 1 – 4, 2012
Smokin’ hot and very popular (many events have already sold out), the Vancouver International Salsafestival celebrates Salsa, Cha Cha, Reggaton and Bachata with gala dance showcases, open dancing, workshops and more.

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Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012