Dance West Network

Jane Gabriels, Executive Director

308-877 E Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 3Y1
Dance West Network gratefully acknowledges that our work is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. 

Tel: (604) 893-8830

Sidney Chuckas, Mohammed Rashead, Ana Sosa, all artists in the 4th annual Re-centering / Margins 2023 creative residency. photo: Vitantonio Spinelli @loveofvita

Dance West Network connects BC audiences with contemporary dance by BC artists.

Our vision is a province where dance is part of everyone’s life

Our mission is to foster, encourage, and strengthen a dance culture throughout BC by:

    • Encouraging cooperation, dialogue and network development among BC presenters, artists, other partners, and collaborators

    • Increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary dance within the province through dance presentations and community-based programming.

    • Working with the network and other collaborators towards greater equity for historically excluded dance artists and audiences

    • Connect artists and communities in motion through dance

A regional presenter network

Dance West Network facilitates a network of presenters committed to presenting diverse forms of contemporary dance. Core presenters are listed HERE.

In addition to network gatherings and professional development, we provide support to a network of CDC, Community Dance Connectors in multiple communities. CDCs are listed HERE 

Dance West Network offers an annual exchange between the presenter network and BC dance artists. BC artists and companies are invited to propose full-length, ready-to-tour programs to the presenter network. The online Mainstage showcase is located HERE.  

We facilitate opportunities for artists and presenters to connect with each other; to learn about the artists' work as well as the presenter and their local community. Submissions are compiled and circulated to community partners, presenters and funders via an annual online and/or live pitch session. 

Our other programs include Des Arts Dehors/Arts Outside DADAO which supports dance and performance artists making site-specific work, and Re-Centering / Margins creative residency which increases opportunities and professional development for Vancouver-based, emerging  BIPOC/IBPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) dance artists to create contemporary works with mentoring support to more fully realize their artistic visions.

Dance West Network also produces multiple booklets of original essays about BC dance artists for further dissemination of their work. Click HERE for info.


DES ARTS DEHORS/ARTS OUTSIDE ARTISTS, 22-23, photo:L-R T-B: Solène Bossu (courtesy of the artist), Jhoely Triana (courtesy of the artist), Ileanna Cheladyn (courtesy of the artist), 2Amigas duo de danse flamenca (Laetitia Photographe), Isaac Gasangwa (courtesy of the artist), Audrey Gaussiran (David Wong), MARIBÉ - SORS DE CE CORPS (courtesy of the artist) LA TRESSE (Valérie Boulet), & Sarah Wong (courtesy of the artist)

Creative Collaborations 2023, photo: L-R, T-B: Simran Sachar photo: Richie Lubaton; Eric Cheung, photo: courtesy of the artist; Sophia Laurio photo: Richie Lubaton; AJ Kule Kambere photo: courtesy of the artist; Tunde Jegede photo: courtesy of the artist; Jessica McMann, photo: courtesy of the artist; Daniel Bhattacharya photo: courtesy of the artist

BC YOUTH DANCE & RESEARCH PROJECT Image description: The red brick wall provides a background to which a group of people pose for a photo. With a diversity of race and gender expression, these 12 smiling humans give off an energy of family and community, a sense that they have built a bond during theworkshop. From L-R, top - Alex Masse, Juolin Lee, Shion Skye Carter, Rosie Richard, Juan Imperial, Rosario Ancer, Simran Sachar,Erin Lum, Jane Gabriels. From L-R, Bottom - Sarah Wong, Ralph Escamillan, Alyssa Amarshi. photo: Jordan Shum, 2022.

Re-Centering/Margins - Meet the Artists Video Compilation from Dec 1 2022 showing at MORROW. Artists: Sidney Chuckas, Mohammed Rashead, Ana Sosa