Dancing away in Vancouver

A recent article in the Georgia Straight highlights how easy it is to get dancing and participate in art while in Vancouver. Centrally located, the ice rink at Robson Square features various forms of dance during the summer and fall months available to the public. Check it out:

Dance at Robson Square: Vancouver’s hippest nonsecret secret

If you live in Vancouver and have been to Robson Square, you’ve likely noticed the dancers there. On any given day or night of the week, you might find breakdancers on the ground spinning into power moves, house dancers working on fast footwork, or waackers studying and styling shapes.

New Dancers for Ballet BC

Ballet BC, Vancouver’s contemporary ballet company, will feature two new dancers for the 2016/2017 season. It’s wonderful to see artists and the arts thriving in Vancouver.

Ballet BC names new dancers and apprentices

Ballet BC will launch its 31st season with two new dancers taking the stage: Justin Rapaport, a Miami native who trained at the New World School of the Art and the Juilliard School; and Vancouver’s own Nicole Ward, an Arts Umbrella grad who was an apprentice with the company last year.

Looking South: San Francisco Ballet

Here’s an interesting video that gives insight into a principal ballet dancer’s life. Dancing just down the coast in the San Francisco Ballet, dancer Vanessa Zahorian describes her daily routine and pre-show preparations.

I’m a Professional Ballerina | My Life ? Mode.com

Vanessa Zahorian is on pointe. Visit Mode to see what her life is like as a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet: http://mode.com/mode-video Russian-trained ballerina Vanessa Zahorian has been a member of the San Franciso Ballet since 1997. And performing with the company for 18 years hasn’t slowed her down one bit.

Deadline: City of Vancouver Transit Advertising for Non-Profits

Here is an interesting program the City of Vancouver offers a few times a year, providing free advertising in bus shelters to non-profit, charitable, or cultural organizations.

The deadline for November advertisements is August 19, 2016. To be eligible, your organization’s advertising must:

  • Provide program information
  • Raise awareness of a service being provided
  • Raise awareness of charitable activities

This is a great opportunity to make your organization known within the community. It is available in Metro Vancouver only. More details below:

Transit Shelter Advertising Program

Is your organization looking for a high-profile, yet inexpensive way, to promote itself, its services, or its events? The City of Vancouver, through the Transit Shelter Advertising Program, offers free access to transit shelter advertising space for non-profit arts and culture organizations. You pay for and arrange the posters and we provide a place for them to go.

Banff Centre Choreographic Residency

This is reminder that the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is accepting applications for an upcoming, cross-disciplinary choreographic residency. The applications are due on September 14, 2016.

This is an excellent chance for an aspiring or established artist to explore multidisciplinary fields while developing choreography. The residency takes place in early December in Banff. Find out more below:

Choreography Across Disciplines

In response to a growing cross-disciplinary interest in choreography, this eight-day thematic residency co-facilitated by Ame Henderson and Christopher House will bring together 8-12 artists to engage with methods and ideas distilled from contemporary choreographic practice.

Spotlight on: Crystal Pite

Hailing from Terrace BC, choreographer Crystal Pite is in demand around the globe. Her works have been taken into the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Royal Ballet, among others.

This is in addition to running her own company, the critically acclaimed contemporary troupe Kidd Pivot.

As a prominent female choreographer, Ms. Pite is often asked for her views on gender disparity in the dance world. Here is what she had to say on why choreography is male-dominated:

Crystal Pite Has An Interesting Theory About Why Ballet Choreography Is So Male-Dominated

“A young boy making the choice to study ballet as a kid is strong enough to push against the ridicule of his peers so he’s probably already a bit of a maverick … It’s natural for girls to be in the ballet world so they don’t have to resist anything – and they are prized for their ability to be obedient, to conform.

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In a recent survey, The Canada Council for the Arts found significant benefits for including dance programming in local communities.

Not only does it have a positive impact on physical health, dance also builds self-esteem that contributes to strong communities.

You can check out the whole report below and check back with us to see how BPCS supports quality dance programming for our local artists and communities.

Research Library

Exhibition space at the Canada Council for the Arts 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily


Vancouver’s Dance Centre

Scotiabank Dance CentreMark you calendars because Vancouver’s Scotiabank Dance Centre is having a fall Open House. This is a great way to explore the Dance Centre and get familiar with  the many artists in the community that use the Dance Centre as their home base.

It is the working studio of Ballet BC and also has a large choice of contemporary dance classes, along with ballet classes.

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House: Sept 10. www.thedancecentre.ca

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