Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit swings into action June 9th

Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit (VIVDS) takes dance to new heights and dimensions from June 9 – 15th. 

Vertical dance is an emerging form of dance that uses rock climbing equipment to suspend dancers off the ground on a range of vertical surfaces. The ability to incorporate vertical as well as horizontal paths, allows for innovations in choreography and enables exploration of space and movement in three dimensions.

2nd Nature Air Group

Produced by Aeriosa, a Vancouver-based vertical dance company, VIVDS hosts artistic performers from around the world to take part and learn more about the artform, during the 7 days of choreographic labs, workshops, summit events and performances to celebrate held at VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Simon Fraser University Woodwards. Open to the public, workshop presentations take place each evening on the outside of the iconic Guinness Tower in Downtown Vancouver.

Grand Firs

Aeriosa’s Founding Director and award-winning Choreographer, Julia Taffe is joined by visiting choreographers from six other countries to bring the vibrant form of dance and athleticism to Vancouver. For bios on each of the choreographers plus a schedule of all Summit events visit

Aeriosa Dance Company

AeriosaHelping to celebrate the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s tenth anniversary, the Aeriosa Dance Company performs a visually stunning piece on the exterior of the seven story building.
Nightly from September 15-17 at 8:30pm grab a spot on the sidewalk and watch as the troupe combines the athleticism of rappelling and rock climbing and the grace and beauty of dance.  Swinging high above the audience, duos, trios and the entire troupe fly through the air like super heroes of dance.
AeriosaIn addition to Aeriosa’s performance, free events will take place at the Centre throughout the weekend, September 17th and 18th.  Participating artists and companies include: Ballet BC, Barbara Bourget, DancAeriosae 4U (salsa), Kinesis Dance, Mandala Arts and Culture, Raven Spirit Dance and Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz. Visit the Dance Centre’s website for a full list of events.