Jane Gabriels, Executive Director
308-877 E Hastings Street
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.
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.