Global Dance Challenge 2018 is here!

About The Challenge

Propelled by an aspiration to bring outstanding young talents together with dance luminaries in support of the progression of innovation in dance, Global Dance Challenge offers an outstanding international platform for young dancers with an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their work to internationally renowned teachers, choreographers and directors from some of the most distinguished companies.

Culminating in Canada’s cultural hub, in the beautiful city of Vancouver, participants will gain exclusive access to world class coaching sessions and masterclasses for two days before performing at the semi-finals, and then the final, where they will compete for a range of medals, awards and scholarships to assist them in continuing their pursuit of fulfilling their artistic dreams.

Special Messages

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

"I would like to congratulate the dancers for their dedication and for sharing their artistry with others. You should all be proud of your efforts and accomplishments. I would also like to commend the organizers for enriching Vancouver’s diversity and cultural life through the art of dance."

Gregor Robertson

Mayor of Vancouver

“Vancouver is proud to host this international event enabling our talented next generation to meet, share, and learn. The week will showcase some of the world’s most promising dancers and will recognize their accomplishments with awards. I would like to welcome all the participants and the jury and send my sincere best wishes to everyone taking part in GDC.”

Hedy Fry

Member of Parliament

"This week provides artists with the chance to display their talents, gain experience, and be recognized through awards and scholarships for years of sacrifice and dedication. As an enthusiast for the arts, I encourage you all to continue the hard work and have a great experience."

Joyce Murray

Member of Parliament

"I welcome the opportunity for our city to facilitate the vision of Global Dance Challenge’s Artistic Director, Mr. Chan Hon Goh. Events such as these not only offer a venue to further strengthen Canada’s proud tradition of cultural exchange, but allow the next generation of performers a chance to meet and learn."

Richard T. Lee

Member of Legislative Assembly

"It is my distinct pleasure to extend my very best wishes to this group of outstanding young dancers from around the world for participating in workshops, masterclasses, stage experience and cultural programs as well as performing at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts"

Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I would like to thank everyone who brought this year’s Global Dance Challenge to life and made it possible for these young artists to enjoy this unique experience. I offer best wishes to all the dancers taking part.”

Gregor Hatala

President of the Vienna International Ballet Experience

“The city of Vancouver can be proud to host such a wonderful event organized by Ms. Chan Hon Goh who dedicated her whole life to the arts and who will make GDC an extraordinary contribution to the world of dance. Good luck and the best vibes to all of you!”

Peter Boal

Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet

"As the Pacific Northwest Ballet opens with a brand new version of Cinderella the same week as the first Global Dance Challenge, I am unable to join the jury but send my best wishes to all participants for stellar achievements.”

Samira Saidi

Director of Dance, English National Ballet School

“I look forward to the impact of the professional development opportunities presented at the Global Dance Challenge for the future dance scene. Although I am unable to join the jury this time, I send my best wishes to all participants for much success.”

Frank Andersen

Former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet

“I believe in giving young people the chance to rise in their life and in their work. I also believe they need to be challenged and encouraged, as it is important constantly to seek new ways, new patterns, new platforms for the development of our art form - the Dance. It is my hope that GDC can become a platform on which the dancers can shine.”

Shawn Byfield

Founder of Byfield Dance Experience

“The Global Dance Challenge will be an enchanting opportunity for young performers to learn, develop, share, and connect. Not just connecting on an artistic level, but on a HUMAN level. With all the talent our next generation has, I can't WAIT to see the kind of magic they bring to Vancouver!”

Charlene Carey Campbell

Director of Vienna International Ballet Experience USA

“Dance is the cornerstone of human communication and the Global Dance Challenge in Vancouver will further the goal of promoting understanding between all cultures through our experiences with dance.”

Nicolae Vieru

Artistic Director of the Ballett Akademie Vieru

“Dear participants, put your heart and soul into the preparations so that you can deliver your performance with confidence and enjoy great results. The new international competition in Vancouver is a real chance and one of the first steps of your international career in dance.”

Esther Rausenberg

Arts and Cultural Policy Council Member, City of Vancouver

“I am both thrilled and honored to be a Honorary Advisor for Global Dance Challenge, which will bring together so many talented young artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. I wish you all the best as you take in the many sessions, and trust that GDC will truly be an inspiring and memorable time.”

Clarke MacIntosh

National Director, Canada Royal Academy of Dance

“The structure of the Global Dance Challenge ensures a healthy balance between training and development, and the solo performance opportunity. And by including various dance genres, the Global Dance Challenge reflects the expectations placed on dancers today.”

Lin Guiming

Executive Director, Shanghai Federation of Literary and Art Circles

“I wish all the competitors good luck! It’s great that through this platform, they have the chance to learn, to exchange ideas with dancers and masters from around the world. It is a great opportunity to foster creativity and artistic accomplishments. My best wishes for the success of Global Dance Challenge.”