Chrystal Dance Prize

Dance Victoria Supports International Collaboration

Up to $12,000 Available in Scholarships for Emerging Dance Artists

Now Accepting Chrystal Dance Prize – Training Applications Until April 15, 2021

The Chrystal Dance Prize is awarded twice annually in two categories. The Training award supports western Canadian dance artists continuing their full-time training at an international institution. The Projects award for independent dance artists supports exceptional projects with an international artist. Find out about last year’s Projects winners here.

The Chrystal Dance Prize is generated from a substantial bequest made by Dance Victoria patron, Dr. Betty “Chrystal” Kleiman, to the Victoria Foundation. A committee of dance professionals is assembled each year to select the recipients.

Chrystal Dance Prize – Training

The Chrystal Dance Prize for artists in training is a scholarship program for dance artists wishing to train or study at a recognized institution outside Canada. In 2021, Dance Victoria will award up to $12,000 for emerging artists. Applicants must be residents of western Canada and this prize only supports full-time studies (intensives and summer programs are not eligible). Preference will be given to Victoria residents; however, some years no Victoria students apply making it an open field. If artists are entering a second or third year of study and are living in a foreign country, their permanent address or place of origin must be in western Canada.

Past Chrystal Dance Prizes have been awarded for students attending The Juilliard School, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet (ABT), Palucca Hochschule fur Tanz (Germany) and more. Dance Victoria recognizes that international studies may not be feasible in 2021/22 due to COVID-19. Applicants are given the opportunity in the application to explain how they can continue their studies remotely given current travel restrictions. Read the guidelines and complete the application below before April 15th!

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.

Ballet class warmup at DD2015

CDP - Training | 2020/21 Guidelines

The Chrystal Dance Prize - Training supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution. Online submissions open now until April 15, 2021.

Adrian de Leeuw, winner 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize emerging

CDP - Training | 2020/21 Application

Online submissions for 2020/21 Chrystal Dance Prize - Training open now until April 15, 2021.

Vanessa Goodman & Belinda McGuire in The Other Half. Photo: Ben Didier

CDP - Projects | 2020/21 Guidelines and Application Procedure

2020/21 Chrystal Dance Prize - Projects winners have been announced. Applications are not currently being accepted.

Ralph Escamillon. Photo: David Cooper

CDP - Projects | 2020/21 Application

2020/21 Chrystal Dance Prize - Projects winners have been announced. Applications are not currently being accepted.

Chrystal Kleiman

History and Previous Winners

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.



If you have questions about your submission, email Dance Victoria Executive Producer Stephen White at [email protected]

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