Chrystal Dance Prize

Dance Victoria Supports International Collaboration

Applications for 2020 Chrystal Dance Prize – Projects now open.
Guidelines and submission details available here.
Deadline is Tuesday Oct 15, 2019.


Since 2010, Dance Victoria has supported western Canadian dance artists through its Chrystal Dance Prize for artist training and exceptional projects. 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.

Chrystal Dance Prize – Training
2019 winners

On June 24, Dance Victoria was pleased to announce support for dancer Mikaela Kos from Nanaimo who is studying dance at Palucca Hochschule fur Tanz in Dresden, Germany. Mikaela will be entering her second year in September. Her previous training includes a year at the National Ballet of Canada’s school in Toronto. Dance Victoria awarded $3,000 towards her tuition. Dance Victoria will also support Briana Del Mundo from Calgary, who is studying dance at The Juilliard School in New YorkBriana’s previous training includes three years with The School of Alberta Ballet. Dance Victoria also awarded $3,000 towards her tuition.

The Chrystal Dance Prize – Training supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution. Learn more about the 2019 application guidelines and submission procedure.

Chrystal Dance Prize – Projects
2019 winners

In 2019, Dance Victoria will award $38,900 to the Chrystal Dance Prize – Projects program for dance artists from Western Canada working with international artists. The prize money may be allocated across multiple projects or could be awarded to one project. The Chrystal Dance Prize – Projects may also include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios.

In 2019, the Awards Committee of Dance Victoria selected the following artists and companies as winners of the Chrystal Dance Prize – Projects from a fall 2018 competition, committing a total of $65,000:

  • Vancouver based Vanessa Goodman working with New York artist Belinda McGuire to develop a project titled The Other Half ($10,000)
  • Vancouver based Kidd Pivot co-production support for its new production, Revisor, which will be presented at the Royal Theatre in February 2020 ($25,000)*
  • Vancouver based Out Innerspace Dance Theatre for the further development of its next full-length work Aftermath ($20,000)**
  • Vancouver based Dancers of Damelahamid for the continued development of its new full-length work titled Minowin ($10,000)

[* Kidd Pivot was awarded $10,000 from the Chrystal Dance Prize and a further $15,000 from donors in greater Victoria. ** Dance Victoria committed a total of $20,000 over two years to Out Innerspace.]

Read about previous winners of the Chrystal Dance Prize.

*WATCH Crystal Pite in rehearsal with the Kidd Pivot dancers rehearsing Revisor.

Revisor by Kidd Pivot. Photo: Michael Slobodian
Revisor by Kidd Pivot. Photo: Michael Slobodian


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

CDP - Projects | 2020 Guidelines and Application Procedure

Guidelines and submission details for 2020 are now available. Deadline is Tuesday Oct 15, 2019.

Ballet class warmup at DD2015

CDP - Training | 2019 Guidelines

The Chrystal Dance Prize - Training supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution.

Candace Gordon

CDP - Training | 2019 Application

Submissions for 2019 are now closed and winner details are outlined above.

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 proposal, call Dance Victoria Executive Producer Stephen White at 250.595.1829 or email him at

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