2021 Global Dance Challenge International will take place in China from April 1-5, 2021. To learn more please visit our Competition page.

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 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

The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

"As Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Global Dance Challenge gala performance, hosted this year in beautiful Vancouver.

I am pleased to congratulate Global Dance Challenge on another year’s performance. This spirited event brings together the most outstanding young dancers from around the globe, promoting cultural exchange and demonstrating passionate artistry. The arts are a significant part of this province, conveying colour, light and life to all they touch. We all benefit from the support and enrichment of the artistic gifts that will be on display at this event.

On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please accept my best wishes to all the performers at the Global Dance Challenge, and to the parents and teachers who invest time, energy and love into supporting these artists."

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister

"I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone participating in the 2019 Global Dance Challenge.

This event brings together young dancers and teachers from around the world to learn new techniques and to showcase their skills and creativity. I am certain that their performances will captivate everyone in attendance.

I would like to congratulate everyone performing this year. Your passion and talent for dance are truly inspiring. I would also like to thank the organizers for inspiring and supporting young dancers. Your hard work and dedication ensure that this event is a success, year after year.

Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable experience."

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.”

Kennedy Stewart

Mayor of City of Vancouver

“On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver, and my colleagues on City Council, I want to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2019Global Dance Challenge.

Global Dance Challenge builds on the City of Vancouver's reputation as a city of learning, a city that embeds cultural exchange, cultural curiosity and development as part of lifelong learning. Vancouver is proud to host this international event enabling the talent our next generation to meet, share, and learn. Global Dance Challenge celebrates our rich multicultural and intercultural expression that is unique to the City of Vancouver.

I would like to commend the vision of Chan Hon Goh, Global Dance Challenge’s Artistic Director, to create this unique opportunity to build bridges between our artists and communities which will further promote the development of culture and artistry in our time of global citizenships and economic growth.

I send my sincere best wishes to everyone taking part at the Global Dance Challenge and congratulate you on all your accomplishments.”


Global Dance Challenge Official Hotel of Choice

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver