International Dance Day

Dancers on stage

Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. 

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture celebrates International Dance Day at Delbrook Community Recreation Centre (851 Queens Road, North Vancouver) with a special free dance performance and community participatory dance routine presented by Small Stage (  
Join us at 1:30pm for the performance and 2:10pm for the community participatory dance.  
All ages welcome.  
“The universal movement of dance releases the very essence of what is all around us. It connects and weaves so deep that one can feel the wisdom, patience and graciousness of its flow. With each move made there is a giving and receiving communication in that universal experience. Dance is a vehicle that lends itself to learning about oneself. It helps us move through life's experiences by expressing our stories and our history, by commenting on our present and nurturing our future”
- Vivine Scarlett, 2018 International Dance Day Canadian Ambassador.


In addition to the performance, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture will be offering workshops which will focus on identifying and explaining the underlying biomechanical movement patterns that connect physical movement disciplines.  The focus primarily will be on exploring how various dance discipline movements translate to strength training. Register today to gain understanding into how integrating the two disciplines as cross-training can improve your performance outcome in your chosen physical activity. 

Hip and Torso Isolations to Improve Gait - Ages 13+

Explore the relationship between the lumbar-pelvic rhythm and gait using rhythmical hip and torso isolations to improve your gait movement pattern leading to decreased risk of falls.
Monday, April 22, 11-11:30am
Karen Magnussen Fitness Centre
$6.65 or $3.30 for non-members, $0.00 Members 
Course number: 415672

Relationship Between Strength and Mobility - Ages 13+

Enhance your quality of movement by learning the subtle interconnection between strength and mobility. 
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2:15-2:45pm
Karen Magnussen Fitness Centre
$6.65 or $3.30 for non-members, $0.00 Members 
Course number: 415675

Plyometric Jump Progressions - Ages 13+

Jumping is a designated Fundamental Movement skill and is an integral part of all movement disciplines including dance and other sport activities.  This workshop will focus on teaching and improving your jump performance, and decreasing your risk of injury through progressive plyometric training.
Wednesday, Apr 24, 5:15-5:45pm
Parkgate Fitness Centre
$6.65 or $3.30 for non-members, $0.00 Members 
Course number: 415673

Somatic Yoga - Ages 8+

Using small, slow, gentle movements to re-educate the brain to release muscle tension Somatic Yoga is a gentle practice that can positively impact your body. This class is great for cross-training for dance and sports as well as those who maintain prolonged postures such as sitting. 
Saturday, Apr 27, 1-1:45pm
JBCC Shoreline Room
$6.65 or $3.30 for non-members, $0.00 Members 
Course number: 415674
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