creating new stages for everyone. everyday and anywhere.








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small stage is a platform to share with and connect people through dance.

small stage combines live and digital dance to create innovative experiences designed for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.  

Small Stage mixes technology with dance to create innovative works.




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core drivers + values

Be creative and curious through questioning, researching, exploring technology, and innovative approaches by linking dance and audiences.

Inspire others by creating a sense of wonder and awe in the beauty and power of dance experiences.

Connect people to spaces by animating the public realm through dance, or wherever they may experience dance.

Be energized by providing fun, invigorating audience and dancer experiences that make people feel alive.

Make a difference by contributing to and being of service to our community through accessibility to dance.

Create a sense of belonging by encouraging and helping people to feel they have a sense of belonging and are connected to one another through dance experiences.


the team

Creative Producer:   Julie-anne Saroyan

Research + Development: Patrick Pennefather

Managing Producer: Dawn Padget

Digital Media: Patio

Artistic Associates:   Vanessa Goodman | Dayna Szyndrowski | Burgundy Brixx (aka Kyrst Hogan)

Production Assistant/ Lightning Rod: Jonathan Guhl

Photographers: Karolina Turek | Tristan Anderson

Board of Directors:  Jessica Dorsey | Stephanie Hall | Jessica Lam | Trina McKinlay | Lee Rosenbaum | Anne Wittman

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Dances for a Small Stage premiered in 2002 at the Royal Pub on Granville Street in Vancouver. 

Since then, Small Stage has produced over 35 instalments in Vancouver and appeared three times at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (2006 Canada Dance Festival, 2009 BC Scene and 2015 Magnetic North Festival + Canada Dance Festival).  Our partners include Quebec City (La Petite Scene) and Adelaide, Australia (Dances for a Small Stage Australia). 

The series showcases new and established dance professionals from Vancouver and across Canada on a ridiculously small stages, in unconventional venues and spaces.

Each Small Stage show is a collection of new and innovative dance works that are 5-7 minutes in length. The series showcases a wide diversity of styles and cultures that reflect the depth of unique and talented artists including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, flamenco, Métis jig, Chinese Contemporary and Classical, Japanese Contemporary, Tap, Bhaṅgṛā and Scottish Highland.

Small Stage has have reached over 20,000 live audience members, many of whom had never before experienced dance.

Past projects have included Dances for a Small Stage, Small Stage point 5, Community Stages, Small Secret, Small Stage Salon Series and Summer Series.


generous funding provided by


special thanks

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Please consider a donation to Small Stage. 

Your generosity helps support the series you've grown to love.

Your donation is hard at work supporting the company that provides priceless access to the artists and the presentation of their incredible work.

thank you for your support.