Crimson Coast Dance Association is thrilled to announce that we will be happy to provide interpreting services at all our events.
If you wish to book an interpreter, please email us at

Welcome to Crimson Coast Dance Society

 Ah siem, tsi a thelé tu Snuneymuxw Mustimuxw ni hakwush th tun tumuxw uy’tuna kweyul.

Upcoming Events

Photo of Dakota Bear

BodyTalk HiP HoP PoW WoW
Youth Workshop March 13-17, 2023
Culminating Performance March 18, 2023

On Foot
Saturday, May 20th

Ongoing Events

Our Hybrid Future
Access our archive of engaging discussions on technology and art!

Dance Trail
An augmented reality dance piece you can take with you!

People dancing

Mixed Abilities Dance Jam
The First Friday of Each Month

Our Programming

Tania Amaral Dance Instructor Mozambique

Pictured: Tânia Amaral

We present live performance art by Locally, Regionally, Nationally and Internationally recognized artists all year long through our Main Stage Series and each summer at our annual Dance Festival. Scale varies from Grande Spectacle to home-grown offerings, in theatres, in alternative venues, in situ. Festivals, Pop-up and interactive events season a vibrant presentation series.

Body Talk Workshop Event

Pictured: Elder Lolly Good with Body Talk Youth Program

Workshops take the form of one-off or series classes, Master Classes, specialty workshops, residencies and laboratories. These interactions, with each guest artists on our season roster, local masters, and those getting their feet wet, are offered throughout the year for all participants. Audiences get to learn craft and experience movement in new ways!

Mixed Ability Dance Jam

Pictured: Myriam Verzat, Inclusive Dance Facilitator

We are delighted to offer ongoing dance experiences that are inclusive and educational and reach diverse age groups. These include integrated dance classes as well as opportunities for teens to explore career options in the performing arts. The Body Talk Program, led by Indigenous facilitators, seeks to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn how to produce shows as a team and through a cultural lens.


Pictured: Eternal Fouette’s

Dance is Magic, Dance is Medicine. Your support as a ticket buyer, member, board director, participant, donor, artist, sponsor quickens our ability to bring this innovative art form to Nanaimo. Together we hold a place for that which is innovative and inspiring, for that which stimulates dialogue and for that which is beautiful.

Crimson Coast Dance Society gives our highest regard to the Snuneymuxw People on who’s traditional and ancestral land we do our work. We acknowledge the Stz’uminus Nation to the South, the Snaw Naw As Nation to the North, the Métis People and Urban Indigenous population who we also walk amongst. We commit to supporting the continuance of the rights and freedoms – in full – of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. We will utilize our privilege to ensure representation of the voices of Indigenous artists and community as part of our programming. Crimson Coast Dance Society brings a diverse range of high-calibre dance experiences to the Nanaimo area which feature contemporary, cultural, street or fusion genre. We deliver inclusive performances and educational opportunities at both the grassroots and professional levels, and strive to represent the diversity of our the audience, community, and performers. Crimson Coast views difference as our biggest asset and inspiration.

The mission of Crimson Coast Dance Society is to develop and support contemporary dance creations, productions, performances and educational opportunities at both grassroots and professional levels in central Vancouver Island.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Crimson Coast Dance is thankful to have the support of the following sponsors:

Canada Council for the Arts Logo
Province of British Columbia Logo
British Columbia Arts Council Logo
City of Nanaimo Logo
Port Theatre Logo
Vancouver Foundation Logo
Nanaimo Hospitality Association logo
Dance West Network logo
Canada Logo

We are grateful to live work and play on Snuneymuxw First Nation territory.

Faune by Geneviève Johnson
Actress, Dancer, and Choreographer
Giron Sami Teahter

The Sámi People’s Theater, Giron Sámi Teáhter