April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali

The Dance Centre and Vancouver Biennale celebrate National Dance Week with free dance performances at Vancouver's outdoor Biennale sculptures. Photo: The Dance Centre

April is a big month for dance in Vancouver: Not only will Vancouver’s The Dance Centre celebrate National Dance Week April 22 – 29 and International Dance Day on April 29 (with a full day of free performances), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the Vancouver premiere of Svengali from April 20-22 at the Centre for Performing Arts, too.

The Dance Centre celebrates both National Dance Week and International Dance Day with a wide array of public events—many of which are free—featuring performances that range from flamenco and contemporary to bharata natyam and Pow-wow. One of main highlights of Vancouver’s Dance Week celebrations is the partnership between The Dance Centre and the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum: local dance artists will perform for free outdoors alongside the Biennale’s monumental sculptures throughout the city, April 23 – 28.

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April Dance Events in Vancouver: National Dance Week, International Dance Day & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Svengali

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

Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival This Weekend

Vancouver Tap Dance Society

There’s just something about tap dance that makes (practically) everyone smile when they see it, from the littlest kid to the oldest fan. Maybe it’s the exuberance of tap, the joyfulness of it, or just the wonderful pairing of sound and movement—whatever it is, very few are immune to its charm.

For a super-fun, totally unique experience of tap, check out this weekend’s Vancouver Tap Dance Festival 2010. Organized by the Vancouver Tap Dance Society, the Vancouver Tap Dance Festival features some of the most glorious moments in tap dance you’ll ever see, including the legendary Harold Cromer and the return of tap star Jason Samuels Smith.

Along with performances in some of Vancouver’s best dance venues, the Tap Dance Festival includes an all-inclusive harbour cruise event on Friday, September 3: a buffet dinner + live show. See the Festival event schedule for details.

The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival runs from September 3 – 5, 2010.

Vancouver International Dance Festival March 12 – 21

Mascall Dance at VIDF

The 10th annual Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) hits venues around the city March 12 – 21, 2010.

One of Vancouver’s premiere annual dance events, the VIDF presents workshops and performances from international, national and local dance stars. Headliners for 2010 include the acclaimed Japanese-inspired Kokoro Dance,  Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario, and the world premiere of White Spider by Mascall Dance.

Organized in conjunction with the 2010 Cultural Olympiad, this year’s VIDF includes both FREE and ticketed performances. So there’s no excuse not to catch one of these amazing shows!

Complete Schedule of VIDF Performances & Events