Chrystal Dance Prize

Dance Victoria Supports International Collaboration

Independent Dance Artist – 2018/19 Guidelines and Application Procedure.

Thank you to all those who applied. The submission deadline of Oct 15, 2018 has now passed. We will be in touch with all applicants in the coming weeks.

Dance Victoria supports western Canadian dance artists through its Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists (2018/19 Deadline TBA: spring 2019) and Independent Artists (2018/19 Deadline: Mon. Oct. 15, 2018). The prize is funded through an annual disbursement from the Chrystal Dance Fund held at the Victoria Foundation. In 2019, Dance Victoria will award $38,900 to the Chrystal Dance Prize – Independent Artists program. The prize money may be allocated across multiple projects or could be awarded to one project. The Chrystal Dance Prize – Independent Artists may also include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios.

The 2017/18 Emerging Dance Artist Award winners are Holden Cole and Adrian de Leeuw. The 2017/18 winner of the Independent Dance Artist Award is Victoria’s, Stacey Horton.

In 2017/18, in addition to the Emerging and Independent dance prizes, the Chrystal Dance Fund supported Ballet BC’s commission of a new Romeo and Juliet choreographed by French dancemaker Medhi Walerski. Dance Victoria’s contribution supported 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.

On February 22, Dance Victoria’s Board and staff were thrilled to see the premiere of Romeo and Juliet at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“Nothing on the Canadian dance landscape is quite like Ballet BC, an ambitious company that blurs the line between classical and contemporary and finds its riches not through extravagant spending, but through this kind of craft and thoughtful innovation.” Globe and Mail review by Martha Schabas, February 22, 2018.

Romeo & Juliet by Ballet BC. Photo: Michael Slobodian
Romeo & Juliet by Ballet BC. Photo: Michael Slobodian

Read about the winner of our 2017/18 Independent Dance Artist Award (Stacey Horton) and winners of our 2017/18 Emerging Dance Artist Award (Holden Cole and Adrian de Leeuw).

Adrian De Leeuw and Holden Cole, CDP Emerging Artist winners 2018
Adrian De Leeuw and Holden Cole, 2017/18 CDP Emerging Artist winners

Stacey Horton in Concussion. Photo: Gillian Davidson

Stacey Horton, 2017/18 CDP Independent Dance Artist winner

Chrystal Dance Prize 2017

Independent Dance Artist - 2018/19 Guidelines and Application Procedure

Submission deadline for Letters of Interest is 5:00 pm, Monday October 15. Please be sure to read further details in the 2019 Guidelines document.

Ballet class warmup at DD2015

Emerging Dance Artist - 2017/18 Guidelines

The Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists supports young dancers completing their training at an international dance institution.

Guidelines for 2018/19 Emerging Dance Artist applications will be available in early 2019.

Candace Gordon

Emerging Dance Artist - 2018/19 Application

Application will be available in early 2019.

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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