About Us
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What we are best at

Our Services

Performances + Dance Series
Creation Residencies + Outreach
Artist Management + Grant Writing
Based in Sointula on Malcolm Island, BCMAS brings rural and urban together by presenting professional local, national and international dance performances, residencies and associated free outreach activities in tandem with the dance artists presented to enhance community and artist engagement in culturally under-served and economically depressed regions of British Columbia.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS: Canada Council for the Arts; Canadian Heritage; BC Arts Council;
Province of British Columbia; Regional District of Mt. Waddington


BCMAS is one of the few professional dance organizations based in and serving rural and remote under-served communities, and we are honoured to be located within the unceded Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the ‘Namgis, Kwakiutl, and Mamalilikala Nations.
BCMAS is establishing annual contemporary dance series held throughout the year. In dance, we believe there is no substitute for live performance. Small rural cities and coastal communities are largely deprived of this opportunity and it is very expensive for people living in these areas to travel to large urban centres to see Canadian and international professional dance performances.
Our presentation series moving forward will include for each artist/company presented in addition to our home base of Malcolm Island, shows in neighbouring Port McNeill (at the GateHouse Theatre)  the ‘Namgis Nation/Alert Bay (in the Laurence Ambers Memorial Recreation Center), Port Hardy (Civic Centre) Campbell River (Tidemark Theatre), Powell River (Evergreen Theatre and Dwight Hall) and Bella Bella..
We recognize the importance of an inclusive environment and follow best practices in its ongoing management and organizational development. Led by a professional seasoned dance artist, festival director and arts manager Mary-Louise Albert, as well as Advisors Rebecca Margolick (professional dancer/choreographer), Andrea Cranmer, ‘Namgis cultural and spiritual leader), Livona Ellis (professional dancer/choreographer), Annemarie Koch (community advisor) and a Board of Directors versed in professional, pre professional and educational dance, financial management and business operations: (Artemis Gordon, Pamela Rosa, Dr. Michael Margolick and  Laurie Rowan

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