From contemporary and swing to classical Indian and Ukrainian dance, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of free open classes, studio showings and events.

Regarded by many as Canada’s flagship dance facility, the Scotiabank Dance Centre opened its doors in September 2001. Since then, it has become a hub for dance activity, housing The Dance Centre’s programs, as well as rehearsals, classes, workshops, performances and events by dance artists and companies from Vancouver and around the world with an estimated 60,000 visits annually.

“Our annual Open House is an opportunity to celebrate a wonderful building which has become a home for dance of all kinds, and also to discover the excitement and diversity of Vancouver’s dance scene,” said Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre.

Participating companies include the Dovbush Dancers, Mandala Arts and Culture, the response., Port-O-Swing Dance School, and a diverse selection of local dance artists working across many different dance traditions.

Highlights include classes a dance-cardio workout with Johanna Ward, a dance improvisation class with Helen Walkley, an introduction to Middle Eastern dance with belly dance teacher and performer Negma, and an introduction to contemporary dance from Amber Funk Barton.

On the performance side, the Dovbush Dancers give a demonstration of Ukrainian dances, and talk about the training, costumes, history and more, and the Mandala Arts and Culture’s Artistic Director Jai Govinda hosts an introductory performance to the classical Indian dance style of bharata natyam. The 605 Dance Collective will also host an open rehearsal for the public of a new work.

The Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place Saturday September 19 from 11am-5pm. Visit http://thedancecentre.com for more information.