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 installments 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 stage, in an unconventional venues.  Since its inaugural show, diverse styles of dance have been presented,

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, urban, flamenco, Indian Classical Dance, physical theatre, burlesque, tap and music.

Small Stage has have reached over 16,000 live audience members, many of whom had never before experienced dance.

Past projects have included small stage point 5, small secret and small stage salon series.

artistic producer

Julie-anne loves sharing dance with everyone!

She co-founded the company and kicked off the series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver.  Since then, Julie-anne has she has produced many dance events- including all installments of the MovEnt series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver, at the Canada Dance Festival (2006), BC Scene (2009) and Magnetic North Theatre Festival + Canada Dance Festival (2015) at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Saroyan has established herself in dance industry as a skilled and dedicated professional in identifying, developing, and mentoring emerging dance artists.  She has successfully developed Dances for a Small Stage as a breeding ground for new choreographic talent and as a stable, sustainable artistic venture.

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the team

Artistic Producer + Project Manager | Julie-anne Saroyan

Advisor of SMALL things | Patrick Pennefather

Artistic Associates | Burgundy Brixx, Heather Dotto, Vanessa Goodman, Caitlin Griffin + Dayna Szyndrowski

Small Stage Assistant + Stage Manager | Sydney Cochrane

Marketing | The Incubator Marketing

Video + Photos |  Rob Rowland

Lighting Designers | Jonathan Ryder + Rob Sondergaard

Stage Raiders | Jessica Chambers + Alex House


Board of Directors | Graeme Cotton, Jessica Fletcher, Stephanie Hall, Jessica Lam, Bev Siver + Lee Rosenbaum

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