From ballet and contemporary to flamenco and vogue, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House is an opportunity to sample a range of dance styles.
From ballet and contemporary to flamenco and vogue, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House is an opportunity to sample a range of dance styles.

It won’t be quite the same as the pandemic has forced this year’s Scotiabank Dance Centre open house online. But the annual showcase wasn’t really about the building itself; it is all about the dance.

“Our building has become a home for dance of all kinds, and this pandemic has highlighted how much we long to share experiences together,” says The Dance Centre’s executive director Mirna Zagar. “We will continue to share dance, support artists and celebrate our creative community to the best of our abilities in these difficult times.”

From ballet and contemporary to flamenco and vogue, this year’s participating companies and artists include Flamenco Rosario, Noam Gagnon, Van Vogue Jam, and Bravo Dance Company. The day will culminate with a virtual dance party.

As a lead in to the open house, this year will also feature three early evening virtual classes. On September 9, Flamenco Rosario’s Rosario Ancer will lead a session on flamenco. The next night sees Van Vogue Jam present a class on voguing, and Noam Gagnon will lead a class in pilates on September 11.

The virtual open house will take place on September 12 with a trio of classes including AfroBeats, salsa, and ballet, and two studio showings will feature Voirelia Hub and Justine A Chambers. The day ends with a virtual dance party with DJ Kookum.

All sessions are free and will be streamed live from the Scotiabank Dance Centre studios. Visit thedancecentre.ca for more information.