Chrystal Dance Prize

Dance Victoria Supports International Collaboration

Dance Victoria supports western Canadian dance artists through its Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists (Deadline TBA: spring 2019) and Independent Artists (Deadline: Mon. Oct. 15, 2018). The prize is funded through an annual disbursement from the Chrystal Dance Fund held at the Victoria Foundation, and this year the Emerging Artist prize will be up to $6000.

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


Concussion by Stacey Horton. Photo: Maureen Bradley
Stacey Horton, 2017/18 CDP Independent Artist winner. Photo: Maureen Bradley


Ballet class warmup at DD2015

Emerging Dance Artist - 2018 Guidelines

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

Please read the 2018 Emerging Dance Artist Application Guidelines before submitting your application.

Candace Gordon

Emerging Dance Artist - 2018 Application

Click HERE to access the 2018 Online Application form.

Chrystal Dance Prize 2017

Independent Dance Artist - 2019 Guidelines and Application Procedure

Guidelines for 2019 Independent Dance Artist submissions will be available here prior September 2018.

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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