Dance challenge returns to area

Adjudicators from Hollywood's the Edge Performing Arts Centre return to assess dancers for the Great Canadian Dance Challenge.

  • Dec. 21, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Some of Canada’s best dancers are posed to spring into the competition dance festival season to win $150,000 in cash, awards and Hollywood scholarships.

The Great Canadian Dance Challenge tour is hitting 15 locations across Canada this coming year and will be right next door to the Vernon area from May 9 to 13 and July 20 to 24 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Open to all dance studios in Canada, the challenge features adjudicators from the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, Calif., who will select the winners for the top prize, which includes a scholarship to the centre.

“You don’t have to be the best to win big at this event, as the adjudicators are looking for enthusiasm, passion and fun in their dancers as much as meaningful performance and clean choreography,” said Donna Burridge, artistic director of the Great Canadian Dance Challenge.

“The calibre of dance at these events is typically outstanding,” added adjudicator Bill Prudich, executive director of the Edge. “In fact, the events are so exciting and the dancers so entertaining that we are in our fifth season of awarding scholarships to Canada’s best emerging dancers to study with the world’s best choreographers at the Edge.”

Local businesses are also encouraged to participate in this event, and there are still a few partnership opportunities left. All monies raised locally go directly back into the local dance community in the form of oversized cheques with the donors name on them, said marketing director Joseph Gates.

Registration and information is now available to the Great Canadian Dance Challenge at