Business Number: 865734297RR0001

About This Charity

The mission of the Crimson Coast Dance Society is to develop and support dance creations, productions, performances and educational opportunities at both grass root and professional levels in Central Vancouver Island.

Here’s a look at what’s on the Crimson Coast horizon:

  • Our summer InFrinGinG Dance Festival, now in its 13th year, will take place this year from July 9-12. This celebration of dance which presents a variety of cultural and community dance opportunities at several locations in downtown Nanaimo. In partnership with the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, there will be many free dance performances in Maffeo Sutton Park, as well as ticketed in-door shows at both the Port Theatre and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The public will also have the opportunity to experience a number of workshops, round tables, and discussions associated with each of the performances. For the full event schedule, please visit our website at
  • Our upcoming 2015-2016 Dance on the Crimson Coast Series features diverse performances by Dancers of Damelahamid, Sinha Danse, and Sarah Bild. We bring the best of Canadian contemporary dance to the Central Vancouver Island region. Please visit our website to learn more about these incredible performers and the work they will be bringing to Nanaimo.
  • Our Body Talk Youth Program begins again in October 2015 culminating in a week-long workshop and performance during Spring break 2015. This year-long program offers youth members (Cru) mentorships with local professionals in event planning, marketing & publicity, and technical theatre skill development. Cru members learn team work, leadership skill development, career exploration, physical fitness through this hands-on project that they produce. 

Crimson Coast is the only organization in our community dedicated to providing professional contemporary dance performances, workshops, and residencies. We are passionate about bringing you diverse, high-calibre artistic opportunities to the Nanaimo area, which would not otherwise be available. Did you know that for each case, when we bring professional artists to Nanaimo to perform, we work with them to offer dance workshops in the community at all skill levels? These opportunities provide the Nanaimo community with a remarkable opportunity to learn from established professional artists in addition to seeing their performance work in a fully staged performance environment.

Through participation in mainstage workshops and classes, dance provides a range of health benefits to the communities we serve. While we already know that exercise in general has numerous beneficial effects, from reducing rates of cardiovascular disease to improving mood and memory, dance has specific and targeted health results. Independent research studies out of the UK over the past 10 years are reporting a significant positive impact of dance on youth, identifying increases in physical fitness, self-esteem, and overall psychological health.

As well, the social benefit of the shared creative experience whether in a class or witnessing a performance inspires dialogue, sense of self and a sense of community identity. Dance holds a place for beauty in this world. Beauty is essential to inspiration and health as well as to the recuperative process as we move through today's global challenges.

What People Are Saying

"Crimson Coast Dance is an inspiration. You have created a vibrant culture "outside the box”. I am in awe of what you have made. You inspire me! Instead of being discouraged by what isn’t available I am able to step into a dance world created right here. I was wondering if I should move to Nanaimo!"

— Renee Poisson, Merville, BC