Lesley Telford/Inverso is one of several free events at this year's International Dance day celebrations. Photo by Cara Tench.
Lesley Telford/Inverso is one of several free events at this year's International Dance day celebrations. Photo by Cara Tench.

Initiated by UNESCO in 1982, International Dance Day is marked annually on April 29 with events around the world. The date commemorates the birthday of French dancer and balletmaster, Jean-Georges Noverre, regarded as the founder of modern ballet.

Each year The Dance Centre celebrates with a day of free events. This year’s offerings feature flamenco at the Vancouver Public Library, contemporary dance at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, and street dance outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Here is the schedule of events for the day:

Mozaico Flamenco
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Vancouver Public Library Main Concourse (350 West Georgia St)

A performance of passionate and virtuosic flamenco. Mozaico Flamenco has been a moving force in the world of Spanish dance for over 40 years, pushing the artistic envelope, and fusing dance, music and culture.

Urban Youth Blast
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza (Robson St between Howe and Hornby)

Students from Windermere Secondary School hit the street for a dynamic hip hop routine created with OURO Collective.

Lesley Telford/Inverso
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St)

Spooky Action is inspired by Einstein’s famous phrase referring to particles that are so closely linked, they share the same existence. A collaboration with poet/performer Barbara Adler, this intricate ensemble work weaves together contemporary dance, poetic storytelling and original composition to probe the mysterious ways we act on each other’s lives.

About The Dance Centre

Established in 1986, as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities. The Dance Centre offer programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, presents public performances and events, manages the Scotiabank Dance Centre, and works to promote BC dance.

For more information on the International Dance Day celebrations in Vancouver visit http://thedancecentre.ca