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Understanding Dance

See Dance: Where to find it

Dance Performances in Canada & Around the World

  • If you are a dance aficionado, go to see dance.
  • If you have never seen a live dance performance, try it out.
  • If you are unsure about it, start with something more familiar.
  • If you have seen one show and you hated it, don't be discouraged.

You'll like some pieces and you'll dislike others, but you'll never know unless you try. Get out there and see as much dance as you can. Somewhere along the way, you might just fall in love with dance.

To find dance performances in Canada and around the world, click on these links to:
You can also:
  • Get a first glimpse by viewing dance on video.
  • Keep an eye out for posters in your neighborhood.
  • Scour the listings section in the local newspaper.
  • Ask for information from local dance organizations.
  • Find the dance performances that are happening near you.

Dance Festivals in Canada

Banff Summer Arts Festival, Banff, AB

Canada Dance Festival Ottawa, ON

CanAsian Dance Festival, Toronto, ON

Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver, BC

Encore International Dance Festival, Trois-Rivières, QC

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Saveur, QC

Festival of New Dance, St. John's, NL

Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA), Toronto, ON

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Guelph, ON

Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto, ON and Tours Canada

Push International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver, BC

SooRyu Dance Festival, Toronto ON

Square Zero Festival, Ottawa, ON

Vancouver International Dance Festival, Vancouver, BC

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International Dance Festivals

Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, Adelaide, Australia

American Dance Festival, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine, USA

British Dance Edition (biennial), Leeds, UK

Cadance, The Hague, Netherlands

Czech Dance Platform, Prague, Czech Repbulic

Dance on Camera Festival, Tours USA

Dance Umbrella, London, UK

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK

Exodos, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Festival Avignon, France

Festival de danse cannes, France

Festival de Marseille, France

Festival international de Montpellier-Danse, Montpellier, France

Holland Dance Festival, The Hague, Netherlands

Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong, China

International Dance Festival, New York City, USA

Impulstanz, Vienna, Austria

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Beckett, Massachusetts, USA

Juli-Dans, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Kuopio Dance Festival, Kuopio, Finland

Lyon Biennale de la danse, Lyon, France

Monaco Dance Forum, Monaco

Moving in November, Helsinki, Finland

New Moves, Glasgow, UK

Panorama Rio Dança, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rencontres chorégraphiques Seine Saint-Denis, France

Russian Contemporary Dance Platform, Moscow, Russia

Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Springdance, Utrecht, Netherlands

Tanz im August, Berlin, Germany

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

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Canadian Venues and Production Companies Presenting Dance

Brian Webb Dance Projects, Edmonton, AB

Centennial Theatre, Lennoxville, QC

Dancers' Studio West, Calgary, AB

Dance Victoria , Victoria, BC

DanceWorks, Toronto, ON

Danse Danse Les Productions Loma Inc, Montréal, QC

Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON

Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON

Kala Nidhi Fine Arts of Canada, Toronto, ON

L'Agora de la danse, Montréal, QC

La Rotonde, Québec City, QC

Live Art Productions, Halifax, NS

National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

New Dance Horizons, Regina, SK

New Performance Works, Vancouver, BC

Now Showing Live Art, Lethbridge AB

Peterborough New Dance, Peterborough, ON

Place des Arts, Montréal, QC

Salle Pauline-Julien, Sainte-Geneviève, QC

Series 8:08, Toronto, ON

Studio 303, Montréal, QC

Tangente, Montréal, QC

The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

The Dance Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC

Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YK

There are hundreds of theatres around the world that present dance, too numerous to list here. To find more information on dance venues continue your web research on the dance media section of the links page.

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Canadian Professional Dance Companies

10 Gates Dancing Inc.

Alberta Ballet

Arte Flamenco

Atlas Moves Watching

Arabesque Dance

Ballet British Columbia

Ballet Creole YA

Ballet Jörgen YA


Bouge de la YA

Canadian Children's Dance Theatre YA

Cas Public YA


Compagnie Flak

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Corpus YA


Dancetheatre David Earle

Danny Grossman Dance Company

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Grupo Axé Capoeira YA

Honey Kats


Judith Marcuse Projects YA

Karen Jamieson Dance Company

Katherine Labelle Dance Society

Kokoro Dance

La compagnie de danse Sursaut YA

La La La Human Steps

Le fils d'Adrien danse YA

Le Groupe Dance Lab

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Little Pear Garden

Lola Dance

Louise Bédard Danse Inc.

Lynda Gaudreau/ Compagnie De Brune

Lydia Wagerer

Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

Mascall Dance

Matjash Mrozewski YA

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company YA

Montréal Danse

National Ballet of Canada YA

New Dance Horizons

Newton Moraes Dance Theatre

Nyata Nyata

O Vertigo

Paul-Andre Fortier Danse-Création YA

Red Sky Performance YA

Ruth Cansfield Dance Company

Sampradaya Dance Creations

Sarah Chase Dance Stories

Sinha Danse YA

Solid State Breakdance Collective YA

Springboard Dance

Sylvain Émard Danse

Système D / Dominque Porte

The Holy Body Tattoo YA

The National Tap Dance Company YA

TILT sound+motion YA

Toronto Chinese Dance Company

Toronto Dance Theatre

Trip Dance Company


Turn on the Tap

Ukainian Shumka Dancers

Van Grimde Corps Secrets

Vinok Worldance

Wen Wei Dance

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers