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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Toronto Dance Theatre, Vena Cava, photo by Guntar Kravis.


February 20, 2018


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver.

Additional information: Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Speaking of Dance Conversation: Vancouver & Toronto Cultural Scenes in the 1970s

The February 2018 Speaking of Dance Conversation will discuss and contrast the Vancouver and Toronto Cultural Scenes in the 1970s.

Moderated by Pia Lo, Dance journalist and blogger at Globe Dancer in conversation with Megan Andrews (Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies, SFU School for Contemporary Arts); Kate Bird (author of Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City) and Cheryl Prophet (Senior Lecturer in the Dance Department at SFU School for Contemporary Arts).

Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance, contextualizing it within culture and society. Presented by noted writers, choreographers and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance is a platform for everyone to share and develop their observation and interpretation of dance.

Additional Info: Due to popularity causing tickets to sell out too quickly, CM Van uses a waitlist as a registration system (please register only once) from which they randomly award tickets using a lottery system. Anyone can attend. 

If you cannot use your ticket, please inform Creative Mornings ASAP so they can allocate the ticket to individuals on waitlist. Remaining applicants will remain on the waitlist and be informed if a ticket becomes available. Anyone who hasn’t checked in by 8:45am on morning of the event forfeits their tickets. For more information see the Creative Mornings Vancouver website.


Pia Lo’s critiques, interviews and essays have been published in Dance International, The Dance Current and Bachtrack magazines. On her website,, she shares stories of dance from around the world. She is interested in telling stories from the perspective of the artists. She enjoys taking dance classes in a variety of styles to understand how dance expresses different voices and cultures.

Cheryl Prophet has been involved in the professional dance community in Canada since the mid ‘70s, as a teacher, choreographer and dancer. Formerly from Montreal, she performed and toured nationally and internationally with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault. She was also active in the independent dance scene in Montreal and Vancouver as a dancer and choreographer. Since relocating to Vancouver in 1989, she has been on the dance faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. In addition to her teaching at SFU, she has taught dance technique classes and improvisation workshops in Vancouver and at various conferences nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was invited to teach at the Guangdong International Dance Festival in China. In addition, she has served as a guest speaker for Vancouver’s Dance House and as a consultant for media. Cheryl’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.

Kate Bird is the author of the bestselling book Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from A Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for the 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award, and the recently published book City On Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots and Strikes. A professional librarian, Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia. A graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU, Kate has been published in The Walrus, Emerge, Hurricane in the Basement, The Vancouver Sun, The Province and Wired West.

Megan Andrews, PhD, is a dance artist/scholar, educator and writer/editor working across theory and practice. She currently teaches in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, where she is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies. She also works as an Embodied Leadership consultant in corporate contexts. Megan initiated the Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current as Founding Editor and is currently Director: Education & Special Projects. As a performer, Megan has worked with many independent choreographers across Canada and is developing a solo repertoire. On faculty at York University for 14 years, Megan has taught studio and seminar courses in contemporary dance, movement analysis, dance aesthetics, dance history and critical dance writing. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals and publications. Megan is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and holds a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship for 17/18.


Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison 
Tuesday October 24, 2017; 7pm
Moderated by Janet Smith (Arts Editor, The Georgia Straight)


For videos and information about previous installments of Speaking of Dance Conversations visit the archive section of the DanceHouse Website.


Free public event. No registration needed.


When: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Additional information:
Co-presented by DanceHouse and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs with the support of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

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