Chrystal Dance Prize

Canada's richest prize for international collaboration.

Dance Victoria is accepting applications for the Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Artists for dance artists completing their training at recognized international dance institutions.

Application guidelines available here.  Application form available at here.

Deadline for submission is May 12, 2017.


This award is Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration supporting new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia or the Yukon who wish to work with a dance artist(s) (dancer, choreographer or interpreter) outside Canada.

In 2017, Dance Victoria will allocate up to $41,000 to the Chrystal Dance Prize, with $35,000 for Independent Dance Artists and $6,000 for Emerging Dance Artists. The prize for Independent Dance Artists can include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios and the potential of presentation in an upcoming Dance Victoria season.

Read about the winners of our 2017 Independent Dance Artist Award by clicking here and listen (below) to Matilda Çobanli talk about winning the 2016 Chrystal Dance Prize for Emerging Dance Artist.

Created to support new works by independent dance artists that live in western Canada (MB, SK, AB, BC, YK) who are working with a dance artist or artists outside Canada, and/or emerging dancers from western Canada who are training at a recognized dance institution outside Canada, the Chrystal Dance Prize can include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios. Supported projects will also be considered for presentation in an upcoming Dance Victoria season.  Read about previous winners on the History of the Chrystal Dance Prize page.

Ballet class warmup at DD2015

Emerging Dance Artist - Guidelines

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

Emerging Dance Artist submissions will be accepted in April 2017.

Click HERE to hear about deadlines and other Dance Victoria news.

Matilda Cobanli

Emerging Dance Artist - Application

Apply now for the 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize. Deadline is May 12, 2017.

Chrystal Dance Prize 2017

Independent Dance Artist - Guidelines and Application Procedure

Application deadline for the 2017 Independent Dance Artist Chrystal Dance Prize has now passed. Thanks to all those who applied. The winner(s) will be notified in January 2017.

Chrystal Kleiman

History of the Chrystal Dance Prize

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.



If you have questions about your proposal, call Dance Victoria Executive Producer Stephen White at 250.595.1829 or email him at