Chrystal Dance Prize

Canada's richest prize for international collaboration.

Dance Victoria has recently announced its two winners of the 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists for dance artists completing their training at recognized international dance institutions.

Read about the winners of our 2017 Independent Dance Artist Award (Arash Khakpour and Meredith Kalaman) by clicking here and winners of our 2017 Emerging Dance Artist Award (Adrian de Leeuw and Matilda Çobanli) by clicking here.

Arash Khakpour & Meredith Kalaman
Arash Khakpour & Meredith Kalaman, 2017 CDP Independent Artist winners. Photo: Curtis Stodgell
Matilda Cobanli and Adrian de Leeuw
Matilda Çobanli and Adrian de Leeuw, 2017 CDP Emerging Artist winners

This award is Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration supporting new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia or the Yukon who wish to work with a dance artist(s) (dancer, choreographer or interpreter) outside Canada.

In 2017, Dance Victoria allocated almost $41,000 to the Chrystal Dance Prize, with almost $35,000 for Independent Dance Artists and $6,000 for Emerging Dance Artists. The prize for Independent Dance Artists can include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios and the potential of presentation in an upcoming Dance Victoria season.

Read about previous winners of the Chrystal Dance Prize here.

Listen (below) to Matilda Çobanli talk about winning the 2016 Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Dance Artist.

Ballet class warmup at DD2015

Emerging Dance Artist - 2017 Guidelines

The Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution.
Guidelines for 2018 Emerging Dance Artist submissions will be available in early 2018.

Chrystal Dance Prize 2017

Independent Dance Artist - 2017 Guidelines and Application Procedure

Guidelines for 2018 Independent Dance Artist submissions will be available in late 2017.

Chrystal Kleiman

History of the Chrystal Dance Prize

The Chrystal Dance Prize is named for Dr. Betty "Chrystal" Kleiman whose bequest to the Victoria Foundation in 2009 created the prize that Dance Victoria awards on an annual basis.



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