About Us

Dancing on the Edge Festival is proud to be the oldest and longest running professional contemporary dance festival in Canada – and we did it here in British Columbia! Each year, DOTE is an eagerly anticipated highlight of the Lower Mainland’s Dance Season.

Artistic Mission:
The Dancing on the Edge Festival Society strives to create a place where contemporary dance artists are supported in the creation, development, and presentation of artistically exciting choreography and where audiences discover and enjoy dance in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

• To produce a contemporary dance festival that provides affordable public performances by local, national, and international dance artists for the benefit of the general public
• To increase public appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance through performances, workshops, classes, lectures, and the like
• To provide a means for professional dance artists and dance administrators to develop their skills through presentations, workshops, residencies, commissions, and dialogues.

Festival History:
In 2021, the Dancing on the Edge Festival will be celebrating its 33rd season, making the annual festival the longest-running professional dance festival in Canada.   The organization has a solid history to build on given its thirty-three-year history. The festival is recognized nationally as a valued presenter of contemporary dance and has proven itself as an important partner and supporter of British Columbia dance artists.

DOTE Festival Staff

Donna Spencer Festival Producer

Ildiko Susany Associate Producer

James Proudfoot Lighting and Technical Director

Alistair Wallace Technical Director

Jonathan Kim Assistant Lighting Director

Jordan Watkins/Cinematic Creation Company Video/Streaming Consultant

Taylor Janzen Lighting Operator

Jonathan Kim Assistant Lighting Director

Linzi Voth Production Health and Safety Coordinator

Jodi Smith/JLS Entertainment Publicity/Marketing Coordinator

James Glen Graphic Design


Board of Directors

Reshaad Ali President

Jack Vickery Vice President

Anna Dueck Secretary

Faiza Hakim Treasurer



Curtis Ellis

Dave Jackson

Ilona Guenther

Donna Spencer (ex-officio)


Firehall Staff

Donna Spencer Artistic Producer

Susan Shank General Manager

Alistair Wallace Venue Technical Director

Jessica Gerlach Box Office and Marketing Coordinator

Jillian Perry Production Manager