From belly dance and Bollywood to contemporary, flamenco, and Latin, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House is a chance to sample various dance styles in an afternoon of free open classes, studio showings and events.
Participating companies and artists include Flamenco Rosario, TomoeArts, Voirelia Dance Hub, SHIAMAK Vancouver, Performance Clinic, Vancouver Ballet Society, and more.
A special ticketed evening presentation features the world premiere of The African Dream, created by Rwandan-born Isaac Gasangwa (aka Izo Dreamchaser), the founder of Afrobeats Van.
The African Dream follows the life of a young man growing up in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda and his determination to create a better world for the future. Featuring ten performers, the choreography draws on African dance, hip-hop, and martial arts, blending dance with text and storytelling.
“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 experience the excitement and diversity of Vancouver’s dance scene,” says executive director Mirna Zagar.
The Dance Centre’s Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place on September 16. Visit thedancecentre.ca for more information.