This week we’re all about dance and music as the Vancouver International Dance Festival gets underway, dance gives a new meaning to a “nooner” and the JACK Quartet returns to Vancouver.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]The Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar 8-28) gets underway with three weeks of contemporary dance performances at venues throughout Vancouver.  The Festival is a diverse mix of free and paid events, and features international, national and local dance companies including Japan’s Dairakudakan and Hungarian dancer/choreographer Ferenc Fehér, Montreal’s experimental companies Par B.L.eux and Cie Manuel Roque, Toronto’s audacious Benjamin Kamino, and local favourites Out Innerspace, 605 Collective, The Response, and Kokoro Dance.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series gives a whole new meaning to the “nooner” as it presents Vancouver’s JC Dance Co (Mar 12) showcasing the glamour and skill of Ballroom and Latin dance for its March edition. With the start of the new season of Dancing With the Stars just getting underway it is a great opportunity to see this company’s performance team and competitive ballroom dance students in a selection of classic dances including the Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and Jive. There will even be a Q&A with the dancers.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]New York string ensemble, the JACK Quartet (Mar 14) performs three Canadian premieres by innovative new music composers as part of Vancouver New Music’s 2014-15 concert series. Intense, edgy and energetic, the JACK Quartet has redefined what a string quartet should be for the next generation of new music followers, featuring the collective talents of Kevin McFarland (cello), Christopher Otto (violin), John Pickford Richards (viola), and Ari Streisfeld (violin). This concert marks a return to Vancouver for the quartet since they last appeared as part of the Vancouver New Music’s festival in 2011.

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