Dancestreams Youth Dance Company
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Vancouver Island Youth Dance Theatre Association ~ A Non-Profit Registered Charity
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Saturday, June 24th at McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville 11 am - 2 pm
$20 fee- PRE-REGISTER: or 250-723-9525
Contemporary class is open to all dancers age 12- 19 from Vancouver Island!
Guest Teacher: Kathy Lang, Victoria 

Spring Tour!! 

Dancestreams presents a full program of original dance created by some of Canada's leading professional choreographers.  The repertoire this season includes  new works by Alysa Pires of Toronto, Donald Sales and Eloi Homier of Vancouver, along with works by Bo Lam, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Alison Denham and Heather Myers. 
Sunday April 23, 2017-  Char's Landing Port Alberni- 2 pm
Friday May 5, 2017- Tofino  Clayoquot Sound Theatre, 7:30 pm
Saturday May 6, 2017- Old Church Theatre, Courtenay, 7 pm
Friday May 12, 2017- Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River, 7 pm
Saturday May 13, 2017- Sointula F.O. Hall, 7:15pm

Dancestreams is thrilled to announce that a very generous grant from the BC Arts Council and Province of British Columbia will enable us to commission a wide variety of new works over the next two years, and to offer master classes with some of Canada's most distinguished artists, including Peggy Baker, Kenny Pearl & Marc Boivin!

Thank you!!
To all the studios, dancers & families who joined us for Odyssey 2017!!  In spite of the snow, it was a very successful day.  The master classes were completely full and the show was amazing!  It is truly inspiring to see such a  wonderful display of Vancouver Island talent- from the dancers, the teachers & choreographers.   


Josh Martin

Originally from Alberta, Josh Martin is a diversely trained dance artist with a career-to-date that has led him across North America and Europe, studying and performing in many genres along the way. As a performer and collaborator, he has worked with many dance companies and independent choreographers such as Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Amber Funk Barton (the response.), Vanessa Goodman (The Contingency Plan / Action at a Distance), and as a past company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham.

In 2006, Martin co-founded Vancouver-based 605 Collective with Lisa Gelley and Shay Kuebler, where he began his choreographic practice and producing new work through a shared creative process. 605 is an ongoing exchange between separate people, bodies and ideas, celebrating the tension created in their attempt to coexist. Creating collaboratively, the company aims to offer a highly athletic art from derived from the human experience, placing emphasis on movement invention and physically demanding work. Now operating as Company 605, Martin continues to share in the Artistic Directorship with his partner Lisa Gelley, together creating and disseminating their work for stage and film throughout Canada and internationally, in the US, Central America and Europe. With a rapidly expanding repertoire, 605 has been presented at such notable festivals and venues as: Push International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), Usine-C (Montréal), DanceWorks (Toronto), Live Art Dance (Halifax), The Cultch (Vancouver), The Banff Centre, On The Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle), Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Tempel Kulturzentrum (Karlsruhe, Germany),Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, and Festival PRISMA (Panama). Their most recent production, Vital Few, was recipient of the 2015/16 CanDance Creation Fund Commission, and recently toured across the country with 24 performances this past Spring. 605’s collaborations with filmmakers has allowed their work to be shared globally, with short dance films shown at over 35 dance-on-screen festivals around the world.

Martin's independent works have been presented in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Moncton, Portland, Seattle, Ottawa and throughout Germany (Winning 1st Prize for Choreography at the Internatonal SoloTanz Festival in Stuttgart). Josh was the recipient of Vancouver’s 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award - Emerging Dance Category. Off the stage, he serves as Chair of The Dance Centre’s Artistic Advisory and Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors  and is Past-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Western Chapter.


Dancestreams had a wonderful adventure, exchanging with Dandelion Dance Company in Ottawa in March, thanks to the travel  sponsored by Experiences Canada!  Each group saw a different part of the country, danced together & took classes, saw performances and learned about a wide variety of ethnicities and foods!  Many friendships were created!




Each year Dancestreams offers a variety of school and public presentations and activities.

School Shows

          -Informal and informative performances in a lecture demonstration format, featuring works from the Company’s            current repertoire, demonstrations of various styles of dance and an audience question and answer period. Suitable for all grades.

            -A unique and engaging participatory program combining performance and mini-workshops led by Company members.   Suitable for Grades 4 to 7

            -School shows require a clear space of approximately 20’x30’, non-carpeted, with changing facilities close by. Dancers cannot perform on cement surfaces.   A sound system capable of  playing CD's or ipod is required, unless previous arrangements have been made for the company to transport equipment. 

Community Events

            -Dancestreams participates annually in  service organization sponsored community events and activities

Annual Spring Tour

            -A four to five week performance tour throughout mid Vancouver Island, featuring a full evening program of the Company’s most popular and exciting dance works.

Dance Odyssey

            -An annual showcase of talent sponsored by Dancestreams, featuring guest artists from dance schools throughout the central Vancouver Island region.  The performance takes place at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre.  Dancers are invited to join  in master classes during the day.

Master Classes

            -Dancers from communities throughout the central Island region are welcome to attend master classes with guest teachers.  The Company has been fortunate to welcome such professionals as: Serge Bennathan, Tiffany Tregarthen, Heather Laura Gray, Monica Proenca, Judith Garay, Wen-Wei Wang, Suzanne Toumine, Edmond Kilpatrick, Malcolm Low, Artemis Gordon, Sarah Brewer, Marthe Leonard, Day Helesic, Marquita Lester, Bev Aitchison and many others.

Audition for the 2017- 18 season takes place on Saturday, June 24th at McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville.  11 am - 2 pm.  Please pre-register!