Dance Victoria’s 2014 Chrystal Dance Prize Will Award $21,000

Dance Victoria’s 2014 Chrystal Dance Prize will award $21,000 to an emerging and/or mature, independent dance artist this year.

Open to both emerging and mid-career dance artists, the prize is awarded annually and supports new works by independent dance artists that live in western Canada (MB, SK, AB, BC, YK) who are working with a dance artist or artists outside Canada and/or emerging dancers from western Canada who are training at a recognized dance institution outside Canada. The prize can include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios. Supported projects will also be considered for presentation in an upcoming Dance Victoria season. 

Submission Deadline:
Friday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m. PST

May 1, 2014 - all applicants will be notified

Applications and Guidelines:
Prize guidelines and applicaitons are now available online at

The award was established with a bequest to Dance Victoria from Dr. “Chrystal” Kleiman in 2009. It was Kleiman’s desire that dance artists from Western Canada have the opportunity to learn from and work with the best dance professionals in the world. Her intent was that they bring these new works and influences back to Canada.The total value of the Kleiman fund, held at the Victoria Foundation, is in excess of $1 million. The Chrystal Dance Prize is generated from an annual disbursement of interest earned on the fund. In addition to Kleiman’s original bequest, Dance Victoria has been successful in securing matching funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Endowment Incentives program totaling more than $435,000.

Previous award recipients include Victoria-based dancer Jung-ah Chung, Vancouver-based dancer Daelik Hackenbrook, and Vancouver's Wen Wei Wang. 

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