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.
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.
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).
Stacey Horton, 2017/18 CDP Independent Dance Artist winner
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.
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.
Application will be available in early 2019.
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.