About DanceCraft

DanceCraft has been a part of the lower mainland's dance and theatre community since 1968 - the oldest dance wear store in metro Vancouver, and the first of its kind in Surrey. Owners and inventory have changed over the years, but the heart and soul of the store remains the same.

Jim and Marg McPherson began DanceCraft as a counter in the Hudson's Bay Company, downtown location. The focus was on square dancing, but when they opened a storefront on Hastings, the inventory began to include other dance forms and children's needs as well. In the 1970's, a Surrey location was added and DanceCraft became the first dance wear retailer in Surrey. That original location was on King George Highway near 105 Avenue.

Times change, as did owners. When the owners of Vancouver's Dance Shop purchased DanceCraft and the McPhersons retired, the store was moved to the Newton area on 128th Street and 76 Avenue. With a new owner in 2009, the store was moved to its present location in Newton Crossing, just minutes south from its original location.

Newton is an area of dynamic growth and neighborhood improvements are constant. Located near the Surrey Arts Centre, the Newton Recreation Centre, and the Newton Cultural Centre, Newton Senior's Centre, and Newton Library, DanceCraft is ideally located for the performing arts. Dance shoes, dance wear, gymnastic outfits, costumes, plus stage make up, accessories, hats, wigs, and other interesting things, it is always an experience when you visit danceCraft.

Learning to dance is both a social and physical activity. You can start dancing at almost any age. Everyone at danceCraft currently takes dance lessons and participates in the Surrey Festival of Dance as well as other community events. We are involved in the community and do believe that we can change the world to be a better place,
-- one step at a time!

danceCraft is a member of:
Arts Council of Surrey
Director at large
Newton Business Improvement Association

Individual member of:
FVGSS, a Musical Theatre Society
White Rock Players
West Coast Tap Dance Collective
Surrey Little Theatre

Owner Melanie Minty is the Arts columnist
for Surrey NOW-Leader

Mel at Oscar party

Mel at Royal Canadian Theatre Company's Oscar Party

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