Dance Dance Dance is a series of free Latin dance classes outside Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. They take place on select Friday nights in the summer.
In 2023 the summer program ran weekly from July 28th until August 18th. To learn more about the classes, continue reading below or visit the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.
Dance Dance Dance in Vancouver
Vancouver Civic Theatres include the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and the ANNEX. These include some of the largest, most beautiful and most famous theatres in the Lower Mainland, and they are all operated by the City of Vancouver. Another venue operated by the same organization is šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn which used to be called the QET Plaza.
In addition to hosting performances and events throughout the year, Vancouver Civic Theatres also offers a variety of summer programs. There are free outdoor movies with Sunset Cinema (on Wednesday evenings in August 2023) and Tours of the Orpheum Theatre (on Thursdays and Saturdays in the summer). There are also free dance classes on Friday evenings between late July and the end of August in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Dance Dance Dance was the series of dance lessons available in 2023. The classes were great opportunities to learn from knowledgeable dance instructors. Each lesson was one hour long and covered a different style of Latin dance. The classes were outdoors, open to the public and completely free to attend. Everyone was welcome to participate, including folks who didn’t have any dancing experience.
Online registration was encouraged this past year, but not required. If you and your partner, friends or family wanted to learn Latin styles of dance, or you were just looking for a fun night out, this was a series for you!
The Dance Dance Dance lessons were held at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn which is the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The venue is located at 630 Hamilton Street in the City of Vancouver. It’s right on West Georgia Street not far from BC Place Stadium and the Vancouver Public Library.
Note: If the weather is poor, the classes may take place indoors instead. Be sure to check vancouvercivictheatres.com for the latest details.
To register or learn more about the classes, visit vancouvercivictheatres.com.
Dance Dance Dance sessions took place on Friday evenings between July 28th and August 18th in 2023. Each class ran from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
This past year’s schedule is listed below. It included all 2023 dates, dance styles and teachers. (Note: Exact details were subject to change.)
- 28th of July (Friday) – Argentine Tango with Gabriel Monty, Maria Sanghera and DJ Gabriel.
- 4th of August (Friday) – Brazilian Zouk with Javi Monsalve and DJ Javi.
- 11th of August (Friday) – Salsa On 1 with Sean Perez and DJ Sean.
- 18th of August (Friday) – Dominican Bachata with Celina Villarroel Whiting, DJ MiXXX (Nick Guarna).
SUNSET CINEMA IN 2023
In addition to the Dance Dance Dance events, Vancouver Civic Theatres also hosted free outdoor movies on Wednesday nights in August in 2023. The screenings took place at the same venue, at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn, in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
This past year’s films were the following.
- Top Gun: Maverick on August 2nd, 2023.
- The Super Mario Bros. Movie on August 9th, 2023.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish on August 16th, 2023.
- Everything Everywhere All At Once on August 23rd, 2023.
- West Side Story on August 30th, 2023.
To learn more about the free movies, see our article about Sunset Cinema.
For more information about the classes, visit the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Metro Vancouver Shows and Entertainment
- Free July and August Events