Surrey Arts Centre Performance Schedule

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Saturday, September 29


10:45 am – 11:15 am

Mexican Dance Ensemble

Mexican folk dance (Click here to read more.)

Folk dance of Mexico (ballet folklórico) covers a wide range of Mexican dance forms, and has survived despite modernization and other social efforts. Mexican Folk Dance  is a blending of elements from its indigenous, African and European heritage.

Most of the traditional dances performed today took on their forms during the colonial period but they were not firmly part of Mexican identity until after the Mexican War of Independence when it received its first surge in popularity. For example, the Jarabe Tapatio dance of Jalisco became a political tool to evoke feelings of patriotism and “liberty.” In fact, this dance became intricately linked to the independence movement, causing it to be called the Jarabe Mexicano.

Today, traditional Mexican folk dance is a defining element of Mexico’s popular culture nationally and internationally. Preservation and promotion of dances nationally are seen as part of Mexico’s national identity. It is one of the few areas where indigenous practices are conserved and promoted rather than depreciated or eliminated.


Mexican Dance Ensemble  was founded in 2013 by Lourdes Ruiz, a Mexican dance artist based in Vancouver. MDE offers a platform for emerging artists and a culture environment for newcomers. For over five years MDE  has toured BC sharing culture and dances in all kind of cultural events.

Among a few of them are: Musical nooners at CBC, Global BC, Surrey Fusion Fest, Market México, Mariachi Festival Canada, Canada Day Celebrations, Kaleidoscope Festival, and All Over the Map (produced by New Works). Many people from all backgrounds  have danced, learned and enjoyed the art and beauty of the Mexican Folklorico Dance Style with MDE.

Everybody is welcome. In MDE you can meet wonderful people,  learn and share your emotions through dance.



11:30 am – 11:45 am

XBa Performers

Discover the fusion of dance styles (Click here to read more.)

XBa Performance dancers will be performing a fusion of dance styles including Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, and Improvisational, performed by two levels of XBa Performance dancers.  This original choreography will showcase contemporary and modern movement, improvisational dance, with an exhibition of the original style known as XBa movement.

Our dancers aged 9 to 17 are:
Charlotte Kalutycz
Yarra Tsiakos
Eva Messcu
Krista Maguire
Sedona Houston
Eva Kalakauskas
Gaby Moreau
Cassandra Reader-Romo

Choreography by XBa director Nela H

XBa School of Dance is the only school in our community to offer an International Certification in Dance Studies, accredited by UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID).  XBa dance students are given a complete and rounded performing arts education which includes extensive dance training, film and video work, staging, costume and set design, and are fully immersed in the creative process of producing an original show every season.


12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Inspire Arts Academy

Musical performances (Click here to read more.)

Inspire Arts Academy is a local Surrey arts academy offering private lessons and group classes geared towards teaching and inspiring a love of arts in kids of all ages.

We hold private lessons for various instruments (including piano, voice, violin, guitar, clarinet, flute and more!) for students of any age and ability. Whether you are taking up a new instrument or looking to enhance your previous training, we will find a teacher that is the perfect fit for you!

We also offer group classes in Glee, Musical Theatre, and Acting for Camera with teachers who work professionally in the industry and are excited to share their love of performance with students of every experience level. Our goal is to teach students new skills while inspiring confidence in themselves and having fun.


1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Soundscape A Capella Chorus

A joyful group singing joyful songs and doing it well. (Click here to read more.)

Soundscape is a mixed-voice, auditioned a cappella community chorus in its 22nd year, based in Surrey with singers of all ages and experience who live in many areas of Metro Vancouver. We sing exclusively a cappella in SATB voicings. Our repertoire consists primarily of popular songs from different eras, with some great show tunes, jazz standards and the occasional novelty song.


2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Street Kings

Hip Hop Street Dance Crew (Click here to read more.)
Street Kings is a hip-hop studio that focuses on both choreography and freestyle for dancers of all ages and levels in a variety of street styles such as hip-hop, house, breaking, popping and waacking. Two World Stage teams will represent Canada in Orlando on a world championship named UDO. Our performance consists of team, solo, duo, trio routines, and showcase battle.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Drama Class – Improv Fun!

Like to laugh and have fun? Then you need to be here... (Click here to read more.)
Join The Drama Class owner and Artistic Director MICHELE PARTRIDGE for some IMPROV, which is acting and performing without any scripts. Just bring your creative imagination and your courage to play theatre games with Michele. Michele will introduce what improv is and do a series of theatre games with volunteers from the audience.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young People’s Opera Society of BC

Be moved by YPOSBC's ensemble as they perform excerpts from their popular Iced Tea concert, SING! (Click here to read more.)
YPOSBC presents ensemble excerpts from their popular Iced Tea concert, SING! – Shades of love … contemporary choruses from some of today’s favourite shows.  It will shake the dust off of your most conventional views about opera, which shares its roots with music theatre.  You will love these pieces as much as the singers themselves! Bring your smiles.

Sunday, September 30


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Spirit of Dance – Niki Patel

A compilation of various Indian dance styles. (Click here to read more.)
A compilation of various Indian dance styles presented by dance artists, troupe members as well as students as emerging artists.

To name a few, semi-classical Bharatnatyam fusion, Contemporary Kathak, Modern Folk Styles as well as lively and energetic Bollywood performances will provide a kaleidoscope of variety for the audience. The icing on the cake would be the peculiar Classical Kuchipudi Dance Presentation by Niki Patel involving story-telling as well as dance on brass plate with a pot of water on her head with lamps in her hands.


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Shahnaz Rahimtula, Nalin Tarik and Akaaljot Singh

Be inspired by Indian Classical Music and mesmerized by a rich tradition of South Asian Music. (Click here to read more.)

Nalin Tarik – Sitar

Nalin Tarik, presently a successful engineer started learning Sitar since age 16. However, education and work took Nalin away from Indian Classical Music but a couple of years ago re-discovered his spark to learn and play sitar and learn vocal singing after he met the well-known Sitar Maestro, presently residing in Surrey, B.C., namely, Sharanjeet Singh Mand.

Akaaljot Singh – Tabla

Akaaljot Singh, has performed on many platforms with his twin brother, Satpreet in the lower mainland, Round House Theatre, Diwali Festival City Hall and they both have received several scholarships and awards for their brilliant music.  He has also played on a national level. Akaaljot has been learning from Ustad Amarjeet Singh of Naad Foundation for the past 8 years.

Shahnaz Rahimtula – Sitar

Shahnaz Rahintula  is a music enthusiast whose tradition-based playing style is a direct result of her work with a well known Sitar Maestro, Poet and Composer, Sharanjeet Singh Mand Ji l. She has passion for music and projects a sense of peace and healing through sitar playing and singing. Shahnaz has also received awards and  certificates of acknowledgment from various non-profit organizations where she has participated and shared her music with grace and passion. By profession, Shahnaz is a Notary Public practicing in Surrey for the past 27 years


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Hayley Brown

Vocal and Guitar Performance (Click here to read more.)
I’m a singer/songwriter that has been performing locally at festivals, outdoor venues, events and some Vancouver pubs. I’ve been in the film industry most of my life and worked on both sides of the camera, as an actor and crew member. It’s a fun business but music is my first love.
I have many musical genres I enjoy listening to to but the blues and soul music are my favorite. I’ve been writing and recording songs the last few years and am in the process of finalizing my first original CD. I love being on stage and sharing stories through songs. I find inspiration in being out in nature, listening to strangers tell their stories and just living life.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Diana Bouey Brown

Voices from Within. This series of monologues exploring mental health and addiction. (Click here to read more.)
My readings will be 3 short monologues from a book I am writing called “body of souls”.  Its a collections of voices reflecting a life coping and struggling with mental health issues and/or addiction.  I’ve raised 5 children and with varying degrees they all have had to face one or both of these afflictions.  I also feel hyper aware of the pain I see in others coping with one or both of these and find myself drawn into their stories.   These monologues are compilations of people I meet and my own reflections of them.  These are fictitious stories based on real people.  I know we can all relate somehow to the pain in their voices.  My hope is to bring more empathy and understanding to the inner turmoil.  We all need to be heard.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Naked Stage

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora and Delia Ephron, is not a traditional play with a story line and a plot, but rather an intermixing of several different characters who share the memory, and impact, of significant life events prompted by the recall of what she was wearing at the time.  Some events are told by a single character and others by all of the performers as they describe shared “rites of passage” such as getting her first bra or recalling lessons from “my mother”. They are stories of comedy, drama, sadness, joy and most of all love.  While the women speak from distinctive female experiences, any man with a woman or two in his life will enjoy the humour and pathos each character conveys. (Note: some mature themes and occasional profanity.)


  • Heather-Jane Robertson
  • Patti Palm
  • Judy McLellan
  • Lois Piro
  • Colleen McGoff Dean