Chrystal Dance Prize - Training

CDP Training • Application Guidelines

The Chrystal Dance Prize for training dance artists is a scholarship program for dancers/dance artists wanting to continue or complete their training and/or studies at a recognized institution outside Canada. Applicants must be residents of western Canada and this prize only supports full-time studies; intensives and summer programs are not eligible for support from the Chrystal Dance Prize – Training program. Preference will be given to Victoria residents, however, it’s worth noting there are years when no Victoria students apply making it an open field. If you are entering a second or third year of study, and are living in a foreign country, your permanent address or place of origin must be in western Canada.

In 2022, Dance Victoria will have up to $6,000 to award.

NEW IN 2022

Dance Victoria will also be awarding a new scholarship called the Arabella and Robert Award for Dance. The guidelines for this award are as stated above with the exception that applicants from across Canada are eligible to apply. This new scholarship with a value of $1,175 may be awarded as a supplement to a successful Chrystal Dance Prize proponent or can be awarded separately.

Applications will open on Tuesday March 1, 2022 and close on Friday April 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Only online applications are accepted.


Applications will be considered by a panel of not less than three dance professionals. Equal value will be given to the applicant’s written material, reference letters and video. An applicant may be contacted during the process for more information or clarification.

If the applicant’s course of study changes after the deadline, or the applicant elects to attend a different institution, it is the applicant’s responsibility to notify Dance Victoria of the change.

All applicants will be contacted prior to a public announcement of the award in May 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: The quality of the application will be considered in the adjudication process. It is the opinion of the committee that the completed application is a reflection of the applicant’s commitment to their training and eventual career. In past competitions, Dance Victoria has received applications that have clearly been completed by a parent. It is essential that the applicant/proponent complete the statements in the application that are related to the Summary of Goals and Challenges in order for the adjudicators to make an assessment of the individual’s self-awareness and commitment.

If you have difficulty completing the online application, please contact [email protected].

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The prize is funded through an annual disbursement from the Chrystal Dance Fund held at the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Chrystal “Betty” Kleiman.