Chrystal Dance Prize

Dance Victoria Supports International Collaboration

Dance Victoria supports western Canadian dance artists through its Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists (Spring) and Independent Artists (Fall – Deadline: Wed. Nov. 15, 2017). The prize is funded through an annual disbursement from the Chrystal Dance Fund held at the Victoria Foundation.

In 2017/18, in addition to the Emerging and Independent dance prizes, the Chrystal Dance Fund is supporting Ballet BC’s commission of a new Romeo and Juliet choreographed by French dancemaker Medhi Walerski. Dance Victoria’s contribution supports the inclusion of Arts Umbrella graduate dance students in the production, increasing the number of the corps de ballet.

The invitation to join Ballet BC to work with an international choreographer the calibre of Medhi Walerski is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will change the outlook of these young dancers and their future,” says Sally Hart, Manager, Dance Operations, Arts Umbrella.

Dance Victoria’s Board and staff look forward to the premiere of Romeo and Juliet from February 22 through 24, 2018 at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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

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


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.

2018 Application Guidelines for Emerging Dance Artist submissions will be available in early 2018.

Chrystal Dance Prize 2017

Independent Dance Artist - 2018 Guidelines and Application Procedure

Guidelines for 2018 Independent Dance Artist submissions available here.

The 2018 submission deadline has passed. Thank you to all those who applied.

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.



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