Artistic Development and Outreach

Dance Victoria has a long history of support for the development of new work through its creative residency program.

Residencies take all shapes and forms dependent on artist needs and available resources. If you’re interested in learning more, email Executive Producer Stephen White to introduce your project.

2020 Summer Residency

Submission deadline April 3, 2020

Dance Victoria is opening access to its studios this summer (June 1 through September 5, 2020) for emerging choreographers working with a dancer or group of dancers on the creation of a work. The Summer Residency program will be supported by Artistic Advisor, Susan Elliott. Elliott, an accomplished dance interpreter, choreographer and teacher, will be accessible to all resident artists as a mentor/outside eye as they develop their work. Pieces developed in the summer residencies program will be considered for presentation during Dance Victoria’s 2021 Dance Days festival (January 2021).
In addition to providing studio access, Dance Victoria will provide some financial support to selected artists. The level of support will be based on project needs. More details here.


Dance Victoria has a long history of supporting the development of new dance works. Over the past twelve years, some of Canada’s most exciting dance companies such as Wen Wei Dance, Kidd Pivot, Ballet BC, Toronto Dance Theatre, 605 Collective, Out Innerspace, and artists such as Lee Su-Feh, Benoit Lachambre, Constance Cooke, Stacey Horton, Dyana Sonik-Henderson, Jung-ah Chung, Kathy Lang, Lindsay Delaronde and others have been resident at Dance Victoria Studios. Works that have had development time in Victoria have premiered in Canada and toured internationally, playing prestigious venues across North America (The National Arts Centre, Jacob’s Pillow), and the Sydney Festival in Australia plus cities in Asia.

Residencies are identified and chosen through conversations between Dance Victoria's Executive Producer and the artist.

Chrystal Dance Prize

The annual competition is open to emerging dance artists who are registered at a recognized dance training institution outside Canada.

We also invite proposals from independent dance artists developing a new work with an international dance artist.

Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration.

Rough Cuts

Rough Cuts is an occasional series of informal studio performances that introduces audiences to the creative process, demystifying dance and bringing a greater appreciation to the art form. Be part of a lively discussion about why the choreographers made the choices they did, what they are trying to communicate and what they hope to elicit from an audience. Your questions and comments will help the artists themselves better understand the power of their work.

Dance Accelerator

Dance Accelerator is a crowd-source funding initiative from Dance Victoria that supports dance artists during their creative process at Dance Victoria Studios which is activated on a per project basis.

Hugh Macpherson Masterclass Series

Local dancer Hugh Macpherson was passionate about dance and movement. When he passed away, he made a large financial bequest to Dance Victoria to ensure the continued presentation of world-class dance and professional development programs for the local community. The free masterclass series capitalizes on the talent visiting Victoria by offering workshops for local dancers at no cost to the dance community. Check for classes in our calendar.