All right all you dance maniacs, Vancouver has something for just about everyone this month—Chotto Desh for the kids (and adults), the stars of a primetime TV dance competition for the home viewers, and a more challenging piece from a Montreal choreographer for the hardcore dance-ophiles. Find out more below.
World of Dance Live (Nov. 10 at The Centre in Vancouver, 777 Homer St.)—Stars of the hit dance competition TV series come to Vancouver for one night only. Performers include Michael Dameski, who placed second overall in the second season of the NBC show; Charity Andres, a Springville, Utah duo of 17-year-olds who scored a 100 in the second season; and LA krumpers BDash and Konkrete. (Tickets: WorldofDanceLive.com)
Vintage Swing (Nov. 17 at Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. New Westminster)—The Royal City Swing dance club present an evening of social swing dancing and music from the Company B Jazz Band. Learn (or practice) the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, and Balboa. (Tickets: $25 adults/$15 seniors/students at ticketsnw.ca)
Chotto Desh (Nov. 21-24 at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.)—Choreographer Akram Khan’s exploration of his childhood, performed multi-media style. Suitable for kids seven and up. (Tickets: from $35 at dancehouse.ca or call 604-801-6225)
Dancers of Damelahamid (Nov 22 at 12 noon, Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St.)—Part of the Dance Centre’s monthly noon-hour Discover Dance! series, the November edition features the Dancers of Damelahamid. The Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of BC has a rich history of masked dance. (Tickets: $15/$13 students, seniors and children from Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787 and ticketstonight.ca)
This Duet We’ve Already Done (so many times) (Nov 27-Dec 1 at Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.)—Montreal choreographer/dancer Frédérick Gravel revisits the pas de deux with dancer Brianna Lombardo. Unlike many duets, “this duo is not happening in the beginning or at the end of love,” Gravel said in an interview with Magazine Df Danse, “but rather in a period of acceptance where tensions have disappeared. This stage of the relationship allows us to work on the duo without being overly-needy or scared of the other.” (Tickets: from $24 at 604-251-1363 and tickets.thecultch.com)