We applaud all contestants and their instructors on their hard work and beautiful presentations, and congratulate the following Global Dance Challenge 2017 winners on their accomplishments!
Category Awards & Medals
- Category A Ballet Gold: #202 Ashley Coupal, from Canada
- Category A Ballet Silver: #226 Cierra Munro, from Canada
- Category A Ballet Bronze: #231 La Fille Mal Gardee - Rachel Gibbs & Sebastian Fairley, from Canada
- Category B-1 Ballet First Place: #115 Zhiling Zhang, from China
- Category B-1 Ballet Second Place: #135 Garland Dance, from China
- Category B-1 Ballet Third Place: #129 Double Concerto - Lyra MacDonald & Einin MacDonald, from Canada
- Category B-2 Ballet First Place: #133 Les Amies - Gabrielle McInnes, Michelle Zhou, Nyah Wong-Penner, Naomi Matsuo, Samantha Woo & Celeste Quetton, from Canada
- Category C Open Gold: #311 Mongolian Bowl Dance - Celia Chen, Sarah Kuo, Charis Lai, Emma Lee, Chloe Leung, Manny Li, Taryn Wong & Temira Yik, from Canada
- Category C Open Silver: #308 Noodle Masters - Marianna Cai, Madeline Echner, Regina Fang, Mavis Hao, Angela Huang, Michelle Li, Bernice Yeung & Shizhen Zhang, from Canada
- Category C Open Bronze: #303 Tiffany Chung, from Canada
Category A (training over 20 hours)
- Category A Ballet Solo Gold Medal #202 - Ashley Coupal - from Canada
- Category A Ballet Solo Silver Medal #226 - Cierra Munro - from Canada
- Category A Ballet Solo Bronze Medal #220 - Kotomi Iawase - from Japan
- Category A Ballet Duo/Duet Bronze Medal #231 - La Fille Mal Gardee - Rachel Gibbs & Sebastian Fairley - from Canada
Category B - Novice Ballet
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Solo 1st Place: #115 - Zhiling Zhang - from China
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Solo 2nd Place: #114 - Ryan Yeung - from Canada
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Solo 3rd Place: #107 - Tamara Ratkovic - from Canada
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Duo/Duet 2nd Place: #129 Double Concerto - Lyra MacDonald & Einin MacDonald - from Canada
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Duo/Duet 3rd Place: #130 Moonlit Night by a Spring River - Yiran Liu & Aileen Zhang - from China and U.S.
- Category B-1 Junior Ballet Ensemble 1st Place: #135 - Garland Dance, from China
- Category B-2 Senior Novice Ballet Group 1st Place: #133 Les Amies - from Canada
Category C - Open Category
- Category C-1 Chinese Solo Junior Gold Medal: #301 - Tian Qing Qing Lu - from China
- Category C-2 Chinese Solo Junior Bronze Medal: #121 - Ana Wu - from Canada
- Category C-1 Chinese Ensemble Junior Gold Medal: #308 - Noodle Masters - from Canada
- Category C-1 Chinese Ensemble Junior Silver Medal: #307 - Confucius Said - from China
- Category C-2 Chinese Solo Senior Gold Medal: #303 - Tiffany Chung - from Canada
- Category C-2 Chinese Solo Senior Silver Medal: #304 - Sarah Kuo - from Canada
- Category C-2 Chinese Ensemble Senior Gold Medal: #311 - Mongolian Bowl Dance - from Canada
- Category C-2 Contemporary Solo Gold Medal: #226 - Cierra Munro - from Canada
Outstanding Performance Awards
- Outstanding Presentation award - Solo #222- Corinne de Bock - from Outstanding Presentation award - Solo #211 - Alexandra Eccles - from Canada
- Outstanding Presentation award - Solo 103 - Juliette Smith - from Canada
- Outstanding Presentation award - Group 306 - Impression of Wa - from Canada
- Jury Special Award - 202 - Ashley Coupal - from Canada
- Global Award - 209- Kyra Soo - from Canada
- Global Junior Award- 115- Zhiling Zhang - from China
- Outstanding Coach Award:
- Fang Hou
- Ying Lu
- Outstanding Dance Organization Award:
- Twinkle Toes Dance Studio
- Suzhou Youth Angels Ballet
- Outstanding Choreography Award: Monica Proenca for #226 Cierra Munro’s A Sparrow Alighted Upon our Shoulder
- Future Talent Junior Award: #114 Ryan Yeung, from Canada
- Future Talent Senior Award: #210 Irene Ta, from Canada
- Special Encouragement Jury #230 Giovanni Giordano, from Italy
January 31st, 2017 - February 4th, 2017
The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
Address: 777 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
January 6th, 2017
Interested in competing for the Global Dance Challenge Awards? Check the competition eligibility criteria below.
Am I Eligible To Enter?
The Global Dance Challenge is open to pre-professional dancers and students from all around the world ages 6-19, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.
Candidates pay a set fee for a unique week-long creative experience inclusive of competing and coaching from world-renowned master teachers and choreographers. Additional packages are available for full room and board as well as for travel packages and excursions.
Rules & Regulations
- All students and professionals of any nationality are eligible to compete.
- Candidates must be aged between 6 and 19 on the closing date of the application.
For duet competitors, age division will be determined by the age of the older of the two participants.
For group & ensemble competitors, age division will be determined by the average age of all competitors of the group or ensemble.
Participants may enter the competition in the following categories:
Classical Ballet, Neoclassical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet (On Pointe)
Candidates will then be divided into Category A and Category B depending on the number of hours per week that the dancer trains. If the candidate trains for more than 20 hours a week, they should enter in Category A, otherwise they should enter in Category B.
- Category A-1 JUNIOR BALLET: Age 12-14
- Category A-2 SENIOR BALLET: Age 15-19
- Category B-1 JUNIOR BALLET: Age 6-11
- Category B-2 SENIOR BALLET: Age 12-19
- Group (3 - 6 dancers)
- Ensemble (7+ dancers)
- Neoclassical Ballet welcomes original choreography or most creations of the late 20th or 21st century. For example, A W. Forsythe or J. Kylian style choreography would be considered neoclassical. Balanchine choreography is not allowed.
- Classical Ballet Solo should be choreographed in the style of 18th to 20th century. Dancers in the A-1 JUNIOR BALLET and B-1 JUNIOR BALLET may present a classical variation or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.
- Contemporary Ballet Solo (on pointe) for females should be original choreography set with contemporary movement but executed on pointe. If the solos are not on pointe, the participant should be placed in the Open Category.
- All competitors in A-1 JUNIOR BALLET and A-2 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category must prepare two variations in classical, neoclassical or contemporary ballet; one in the Semi-Finals round and an alternate one in the Final round of the competition.
- All competitors in B-1 JUNIOR BALLET and B-2 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category have the option of bringing one or two solos in classical or neoclassical or contemporary ballet to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.
- A-2 SENIOR BALLET and B-2 SENIOR BALLET may choose from the list of example classical variations below or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.
See Examples for variations on classical variations.
For those who train over 20 hours but cannot qualify for Category A-1 due to age discrepancies, GDC reserves the right to make exceptions based on letter of reference(s) from school of training and/or instructor with brief summary of dance experiences of the competitor.
Open Category welcomes Contemporary (no pointe shoes allowed), Jazz, and Chinese Dance. It is important that the choreography is suited to the candidate’s age and capability. Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated!
- Category C-1 JUNIOR OPEN: Age 6-11
- Category C-2 SENIOR OPEN: Age 12-19
- Contemporary (must not be on pointe)
- Chinese Dance*
- Group (3 -6 dancers)
- Ensemble (7+ dancers)
- All competitors in C-1 OPEN or C-2 OPEN category have the option of bringing one or two pieces to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.
- *Note: The Chinese Dance sub-category includes Chinese traditional and Chinese minzu dances
GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.
- All Solos may not exceed 3:00 min.
- All Duets, Group and Ensemble performances’ may not exceed 5:00 min.
The scoring system is evaluated on a 100-point system.
Points will be given in the following areas:
- Technical ability
- Artistic performance
- Appropriate selection of repertoire or choreography
- Over all complete presence
- Costume and Presentation
The mark given for each participant is the average of scores given by all judges - usually three to five of them from different backgrounds. In addition to providing a numerical score to each participant, judges may offer comments on the score sheet, to help guide participants.
- All performance quality music should be submitted via email in an MP3 format to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 26th, 2016.
- In the subject line of each email (one piece of music per email) it should read: City, Country, Category (ex: A-1, C-2 Contemporary), Age, Ensemble, Last Name, First Name or Name of School, "Title of Piece", Running Time, Start On or Off Stage.
- A backup CD must be kept available at all times by each participant and/or their representative. Participants must notify the sound technician or backstage manager of any irregularities in the music (pauses, sudden volume changes, etc.).
Awards & Scholarships
Global Dance Challenge Awards
- Global Award & Global Junior Award
- Ballet Category A (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Ballet Category B-1 (First, Second, Third)
- Ballet Category B-2 (First, Second, Third)
- Open Category C-1 & C-2 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
- Best Performance
- Best Coach
- Best Dance Organization
- Best Choreographer
- Most Potential
- - The winners in the Classical Ballet and Open categories will be announced separately.
- - For all age divisions, Male and Female participants will compete separately unless there are less than 6 male participants. In that event, male and female participants will compete simultaneously, but a separate Best Male Dancer Award may be presented at the discretion of the jury.
- - The Global Award is presented in the Senior age division. The Global Junior Award is presented in the Junior age division. These awards are for dancers who, per the GDC jury panel, have exceeded all other dancers in their division in both the Ballet and Open Dance categories.
- - The GDC jury reserves the right not to present all of the announced awards.
Prizes & Scholarships
- Cash Prizes for Each Category
- Gold/First - $2000 CAD
- Silver/Second - $1,500 CAD
- Bronze/Third - $1,000 CAD
- Goh Ballet 1 Year Scholarship or Summer Intensive
Total Value: $27,000 CAD
- Sprott Shaw College Scholarship
Total Value: $10,000 CAD
- Vancouver International College Scholarship
Total Value: $10,000 CAD
- Global Education City Accommodation Sponsorship
Total Value: $10,000 CAD
Total Prize and Scholarship Amount: $75,000 CAD
- Jan 31st
- Arrival, Check-in and General Registration at GEC Granville Suites, 718 Drake Street
- Feb 1st
- 9am to 5pm Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Ballet Academy, 2345 Main Street
- 6:30pm Welcome Reception at Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel, 838 Hamilton Street
- Feb 2nd
- 9am to 4:30pm Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Ballet Academy, 2345 Main Street
- Feb 3rd
- 11am to 8pm Semi-Finals at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street
- Feb 4th
- 10am to 1pm Finals at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street
- 7:30pm GALA Performance at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, 777 Homer Street
- Welcome Speeches
- President of the Jury’s Message
- Awards Presentation and Introduction of Judges
- Prize Winner’s Select Repertoire
- Featured Guest Artists
- Blue: Choreographed and performed by Zhang Aoyue, winner of So You Think You Can Dance China
- The Dreamers Ever Leave You: Choreographed by Robert Binet, performed by members of the National Ballet of Canada
Master Class Instructors:
- Charlene Campbell Carey
- Chan Hon Goh
- Olga Iakovlevskaya
- Fiona Smith
- Adonis Daukaev
- Tanya Phelps
- Monica Proenca
- Shawn Byfield
- Karen Carreno
- Jenifer Kerber
- Lin Meifang
- Zhang Aoyue