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Brief History/ Mandate

Made in BC – Dance on Tour was founded in 2006 as a program to bring presenters and artists together, to increase the amount of BC-based contemporary work touring the province.

Since then, we have evolved to become inclusive of main-stage, site-specific, and community-engaged works from all cultural backgrounds, with a joint focus on presenter and artist development.

Our goal is to increase the amount of cool dance being made and seen in the the province, and to help artists get their work out there into national and international markets.

Indigenous performance engagement

Made in BC is a fledgling supporter of Indigenous practice, and as such is thrilled become an ally of IPAA. Starting in 2013, we began working with presenter member the Bulkley Valley Concert Association (Smithers, BC) to help them build out their programming and artistic development partnership with Ewk Hiyah Hozdli drum and dance group, situated on Wet’suwet’en territory in nearby Moricetown. This has led to an ongoing flexible friendship and partnership in the region.

Our 2015/16 season saw a tour of Dancers of Damelahamid’s Spirit Transforming, and we are working with this group on a number of subsequent projects. Newly, we are working with Raven Spirit Dance, to build out a 2017/18 tour of their mixed bill Earth Song. Further Indigenous specific programming remains under development with announcements scheduled for Fall 2017, pending funding.

IPAA Member Points of Access

Made in BC strongly encourages BC-based Indigenous participation in all of our programs.

MiBC acknowledges that Indigenous forms may not fit into the categories and programs provided, and we are very happy to discuss and implement program additions and alterations as may be required. Please, be in touch!

Mainstage: This program puts BC-based work into the view of presenters across the province, the country and, increasingly, internationally. We work with a core group of dedicated presenters within the province to build local and regional tours.
Contact Executive Director Joel Klein:

Arts Outside: This program functions as intensive collaborative professional development for artists who are fluent in French, to help them get their outdoor or site-specific work on the road.
Contact Program Manager Julie Mamias:

Community-Engaged Practice: This program provides artistic residency and professional development opportunities to those artists whose practice involves deep community collaboration and co-creation.

Made in BC Contact Info

Program manager Julie Lebel:


Our office can be reached at
Made in BC – Dance on Tour
205 – 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1S5