About Us
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What we are best at

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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 contemporary dance performances, residencies and associated outreach activities in tandem with the dance artists presented to enhance community and artist engagement in culturally under-served areas of British Columbia.



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) and the ‘Namgis Nation/Alert Bay (in the Laurence Ambers Memorial Recreation Center). We plan in the future to have presentations in other rural areas of British Columbia as well.
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 a professional artistic associate (dancer/choreographer Rebecca Margolick), Advisor's (Andrea Cranmer, ‘Namgis cultural and spiritual leader), Annemarie Koch (community leader) and Livona Ellis (programming 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, Laurie Rowan and Brenda Jemar). PLEASE SEE BIOS BELOW

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