Dance has been a big part of this festival throughout our 92 year history.
Our current dance festival is one of the most popular components of the festival with over 600 entries expected this year and a full six days of festival.
The dance festival will be held in the beautiful Mary Irwin Theatre. There is a warm-up and
changing area backstage in the green room and in the Salloum Room.
The dance festival is divided into three basic components: Ballet, Modern Dance, and Stage Dance. Within each dance discipline are several classes described in detail in the syllabus.
Dance entries can be solo, duo, trio, small group, or large group.
All dance entries must include a mp3 electronic file of the music.
Dance scheduling is done according to class and age categories as in a recital.
Dancers must be ready to perform (backstage) 20 minutes prior to their scheduled performance time; once the performance is over, dancers will await the adjudication of their class/category backstage.
During the adjudication (when the dancers in the recital group are called back on stage), the adjudicator will address the group of dancers as whole and may talk to each performer (if time allows) with constructive and encouraging comments. Also if time allows, the adjudicator may also do some workshop and masterclass activities with the performers individually and/or together.
No grades are ever announced: these are confidential and will never be released without written permission.
The focus of the recital is on performance--not competition. Performers should be encouraging and complimentary to each other!
Remember this festival is first and foremost a celebration of individual and group achievement in dance!
After the adjudication, dancers are encouraged to join the audience and cheer on/support the dancers in the other classes and categories.
The results of the competition will be released a day or two after the festival is completed. Awards and scholarships will be handed out at the Gala Concert. The decision of the adjudicator in all cases is final and binding.
Provincial festival nominees will be contacted and offered performance and/or observer positions for the BC Provincial Festival.