Minus One by Les Grand Ballets Canadiens. Photo: John Hall
Les Grand Ballets Canadiens

What We Do

What is Dance Victoria?

Dance Victoria brings the World’s Best Dance to the Royal Theatre and supports the development of new dance for the international stage from its studios in Quadra Village. As a non-profit charitable society, Dance Victoria operates with the mission to promote the appreciation of dance by developing and presenting diverse local, Canadian, and international artists, and by engaging the community in the celebration of dance.

Dance Victoria operates with the following values:

  1. Excellence: programming across all genres of dance
  2. Inclusion: acceptance and celebration of diversity
  3. Curiosity: a state of perpetual learning
  4. Passion: for the artform
  5. Conversation: engage in discussion. Listen to audience and artists, and consider and honour other perspectives
  6. Respect: every audience member is welcomed and valued

From Dance Victoria Studios in Quadra Village, Dance Victoria:

  • Commissions new works at the local and national level
  • Offers creation residencies to local dance artists and visiting professional dance artists, companies and collectives
  • Offers insight into the artistic process with its Rough Cuts series: featuring new works-in-progress
  • Awards the annual Chrystal Dance Prize, Canada’s largest award for international collaboration, supporting emerging and independent dance artists
  • Partners with our dynamic dance community to bring you Dance Days, a 10-day festival offering free dance classes all over town plus performances by cutting-edge choreographers and companies
  • Provides free workshops for dancers by visiting artists with the Hugh Macpherson Masterclass Series
  • Manages a multi-studio facility (including a newly upgraded black box performance space) offering studio rentals for class, rehearsal and intimate performances