Competition

Competition Dates:

August 7th, 2019 – August 15th, 2019

Venue:

Semi Finals: Monday, August 12th, 2019 & Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Location: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Address: 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

Finals: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
Location: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Address: 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Gala: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Location: The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Address: 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6

Registration Deadline:

Registration will open in early 2019.

Entrance Qualification:

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 6-22, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.

Candidates pay a set fee for a unique creative experience inclusive of competing and coaching from world-renowned master teachers and choreographers.

Rules & Regulations

Participants may enter the competition in the following categories:

Ballet (Categories A & B) including Neoclassical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet (On Pointe)

Candidates will 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.

Types

- 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.
*Candidates must clear the right to perform original choreographic repertoire prior to entry

- Classical Ballet Solo should be choreographed in the style of 18th to 20th century. Dancers in the A-1 JUNIOR BALLET , B-1 JUNIOR BALLET and B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET may present a classical variation or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.

- Contemporary Ballet Solo (on pointe) For females, this should be original choreography set with contemporary movement but executed on pointe. For males, original choreography should be set with contemporary and ballet vocabulary. If the solos are not on pointe, the participant should be placed in the Open Category.

- All competitors in A-1 JUNIOR BALLET, A-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and A-3 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, B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and B-3 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.

**Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated.

***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.


International Dance (Category C)

The International Dance category welcomes all ethnic/cultural dances. This category includes traditional, folk and contemporary styles of ethnic/cultural dances. Please list the country of origin on the entry. Participants are welcome to perform various representations of cultural dances with choreography suited to the candidate’s age and capability.

*The right to perform original choreographic repertoire must be cleared by choreographers prior to entering. original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated

Types

- All competitors in C-1 INTERNATIONAL DANCES or C-2 INTERNATIONAL DANCES 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.

*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.


Open (Category D)

Open Category welcomes Contemporary (no pointe shoes allowed) and Jazz 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!

Sub-Categories:

  1. Contemporary (must not be on pointe)
  2. Jazz

Types

  • Solo
  • Duet
  • Group (3 -6 dancers)
  • Ensemble (7+ dancers)

- All competitors in D-1 OPEN, D-2 OPEN or D-3 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.

*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.

Time Limitations

Scoring

The scoring system is evaluated on a 100-point system.
Points will be given in the following areas:

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.

For the Semi Finals, 20% of participants marks will come from designated Masterclasses between Wednesday August 7, 2019 – Saturday August 10, 2019. For Duet’s, groups and ensembles the Masterclass mark will be an average between all the participants. Participants will be marked for all categories that they are entered in.

Music

Awards & Scholarships

Global Dance Challenge 2019 Awards and Scholarships to be announced.

Global Dance Challenge 2018 Awards and Scholarships

Ballet

Chinese Dance

Open

*Awards will be given within the Solo, Duet, Group and Ensemble sub categories that are in Category A, B, C, & D


GDC Prix D'Or Trophy

Will be given to the dancer's (inclusive of solo, duo, group or ensemble) who receive the top Marks in All of A category, B category, C Category and D category

Category A (Solos, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Group & Ensembles)

Category B (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category C (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category D (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

*All Solo, Duo, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Groups or Ensembles within the A/B/C/D category are eligible. The 3 highest/top marks receive the trophy within category A & B & C & D


Special Mentions

Awards Policy:

Prizes & Scholarships

Total Prize and Scholarship Amount: $50,000 CAD

2018 Event Schedule

DateEvent
Monday August 6th, 2018Arrival, Check-in and General Registration at Goh Oakridge Center: 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Tuesday August 7th, 2018
  • 9am to 7pm: Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Ballet Academy (Goh Main), 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
  • 6:30pm Welcome Reception (Location: TBA)
Wednesday August 8th, 20189am to 7:00pm: Masterclasses/Workshops at Goh Main, 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Thursday August 9th – Saturday August 11th, 20189am to 7:00pm: Marked Masterclasses at Goh Main, 2345 Main Street & at Goh Oakridge, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
Sunday August 12th, 2018
  • Day off
  • Rehearsal studios available for rent
Monday August 13th, 201811am to 8pm Semi-Finals for Category A & Category C & Category B (duets, groups & ensembles) at The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Tuesday August 14th, 201811am to 8pm Semi-Finals for Category B (solos) & Category D at The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Wednesday August 15th, 2018
  • 11am to 2pm Finals at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • 7:30pm GALA Performance (all involved) at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6

GALA Program:

Intermission

Master Class Instructors:

2018 Winners

We applaud all contestants and their instructors on their hard work and beautiful presentations, and congratulate the following Global Dance Challenge 2018 winners on their accomplishments!

Category Awards & Medals
Category A1 Solo
  • Gold to #214, Zhang Xinyu – from China
  • Silver to #211, Dong Kaining – from China
  • Bronze to #210, Zhao Xuehao – from China
  • Bronze to #206, Zhao Baole – from China
Category A2 Solo
  • Gold to #217, Ashley Coupal – from Canada
  • Silver to #237, Haruka Okayasu – from China
  • Silver to #235, Takeru Hatsushika – from Japan
  • Bronze to #225, Kyra Soo – from Canada
  • Bronze to #230, Wu Shuailun – from China
Category A2 Pas de Trois
  • Gold to #244, Goh Ballet Academy for Ocean and Pearls Pas de Trois – from Canada
Category B1 Solo
  • First place #118, Long Si Tong – from China
  • Second place #133, Shi yanchen – from China
  • Third place #117, Tang Zi Yan – from China
  • Third place #131, Ye Yingtong – from China
Category B1 Duets
  • First place #176, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Ocean and Pearls duet" – from Canada
Category B1 Group
  • First place #180, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Hide and Seek" – from Canada
  • Second place #181, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Mars des Garcons" – from Canada
Category B1 Ensemble
  • First place #183, Jin Bao Long Ballet School, for "Skating Waltz" – from China
Category B2 Solo
  • First place #158, Tan Qiaru – from China
  • Second place #144, Liu Xinyi – from China
  • Third place #157, Ana Wu – from Canada
Category B3 Solo
  • First place #173, Tali Elman – from Canada
  • Second place #172, Lu Anqi – from China
Category C1 Solo
  • Gold to #307, Zhang Zhuoya – from China
Category C2 Solo
  • Gold to #157, Ana Wu – from Canada
  • Silver to #309, Shan Liang – from China
  • Bronze to #310, Chen Yunwen – from China
Category C1 Group
  • Silver to #312, WeiHai BoJia Dance, for "Auspicious Crane Dance" – from China
Category C1 Ensemble
  • Gold to #313, Best Dance, for "Little Drolma’s Wish" – from China
Category D1 Solo
  • Gold to #157, Ana Wu – from Canada
Category D2 Solo
  • Gold to #217, Ashley Coupal – from Canada
  • Silver to #237, Haruka Okayasu – from China
  • Bronze to #225, Kyra Soo – from Canada
  • Bronze to #224, Irene Ta – from Canada
Category D1 Group Contemporary
  • Silver to #404, Jin Bao Long Ballet School for “Rhythm” – from China
Prix de L'Or, Prix d'Argent and Prix de Bronze

Overall Top 3 marks in each category

Category A
  • GDC Prix de Bronze competitor #235, Takeru Hatsushika
  • GDC Prix d'Argent competitor #237, Haruka Okayasu
  • GDC Prix de l'Or competitor #217, Ashley Coupal
Category B
  • GDC Prix de Bronze competitor #173, Tali Elman
  • GDC Prix d'Argent competitor #158, Tan Qiaru
  • GDC Prix de l'Or to group #183, Jin Bao Long Ballet School for Skating Waltz
Category C
  • GGDC Prix de Bronze competitor #157, Ana Wu
Category D
  • GDC Prix de Bronze competitor #225 Kyra Soo
  • GDC Prix d'Argent competitor #237 Haruka Okayasu
  • GDC Prix de l'Or to competitor #217 Ashley Coupal
GDC 2018 Jury Select Awards
Jury Special Mentions
  • #220, Chester Gould (from Canada)
  • #173, Tali Elman (from Canada)
  • #185 ensemble, Mianyang Children’s Palace (from China), for Waltz of the Flowers
  • #179 group, Chongqing Wuli Dance Arts Centre (from China), for Nutcracker Dance of the Reed Pipes
Outstanding Performance
  • #217, Ashley Coupal (from Canada)
Outstanding Coach
  • For Group #183, Skating Waltz, Lu Ying, Jin Bao Long Ballet School (from China)
Outstanding Dance Organization
  • Jin Bao Long Ballet School (from China)
  • Goh Ballet Academy (from Canada)
Outstanding Choreography
  • Donald Thom, for Wadjda's Journey, danced by competitor #173 Tali Elman (from China)
Future Talent
  • #106, Tang Zhao En (from China)
  • #224, Irene Ta (from Canada)
Best Male Dancer
  • #235, Takeru Hatsushika (from Japan)
Jury Special Award
  • #157, Ana Wu (from Canada), for outstanding performance in three categories
Ashley Coupal
Ashley Coupal
Ballet (category A2) solo
Ana Wu
Ana Wu
Contemporary (category D1) solo
Jin Bao Long Ballet School - Skating Waltz
Jin Bao Long Ballet School - Skating Waltz
Ballet( category B1) ensemble
Goh Ballet Academy - Hide and Seek
Goh Ballet Academy - Hide and Seek
Ballet (category B1) Group
Tali Elman
Tali Elman
Ballet (category B3) solo
Ocean and Pearls duet
Ocean and Pearls duet
Ballet (category B1) duets
Long Si Tong
Long Si Tong
Ballet (category B1) solo
Zhang Zhuoya
Zhang Zhuoya
Chinese dance (category C1) solo

2017 Winners

Category Awards & Medals

Category A (training over 20 hours)

Category B - Novice Ballet

Category C - Open Category

Outstanding Performance Awards