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.
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 York. Briana’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.
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:
[* 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.]
Guidelines and submission details for 2020 are now available. Deadline is Tuesday Oct 15, 2019.
The Chrystal Dance Prize - Training supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution.
Submissions for 2019 are now closed and winner details are outlined above.
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.