See our Dance Syllabus for entry classes and requirements.
This year’s Dance festival will be online due to public health restrictions. All dance schools will receive a secure link to the MIPAF upload service.
- The link will take you to Sync.com, where you will see a button that will allow you to upload video recordings of your performance entries.
- You will not be able to see other video uploads.
- You may upload a later recording of the same performance before the deadline; the last uploaded recording of each performance will be used for adjudications.
- The video can be recorded using any recording device and in any format; the quality of the video will not be adjudicated.
- The camera should be on a tripod and positioned far enough away to see hand and body movements, technique, and the entirety of the performance; however, steady camera movements are allowed if necessary to capture the full range of movement across the performance space.
- If required in the syllabus, pieces should be announced and described at the beginning of the recording as per a live performance.
- Video filenames should include the discipline, class number, name, and title
(e.g., Dance-142-Genice Joplin-Amazing Grace.MP4).
- Video submissions must not be edited other than to cut extra footage at the beginning or end.
- No special effects, specialized lighting, audio effects, or over-dubbing should be used.
- Additional microphones may be used to improve the audio quality of the video recording, but audio and video must be recorded and mixed simultaneously during the performance (i.e., no post-production mixing).
- A progress bar (thick black line) advances along the bottom of the file name as the upload proceeds, as well as a spinning pair of arrows to the right (left image below).
- Leave this page open until the upload is complete.
- Video files can take several minutes to upload depending on your connection speed.
- When the upload is complete, a checkmark appears in place of the arrows (right image above). At that point, the file is submitted.
- All file uploads are date/time-stamped, so even if another file with the same filename is uploaded, both files are saved.
Our Ballet/Modern adjudicator for 2021 is Suzanne Ouellette.
Originally from Vancouver, Suzanne trained and danced with some of the world’s finest ballet companies from Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, London England’s Dance Centre to Pacific Ballet Theatre (Ballet B.C.)
Suzanne was Ballet Mistress for Ballet BC for 5 years and is the founding director of Ballet B.C.’s Mentor Program under Artistic Director John Alleyne. She has worked as a rehearsal director for James Kudelka, Paul Taylor, Jean Grand Maitre, Reid Anderson, Anna Marie Holmes, Simone Orlando, Joshua Beamish and Jennifer Mascall.
Suzanne has also performed as a lead dancer, singer and actress in professional musicals with the Vancouver Playhouse, Calgary’s Stage West’s ”Nunsense”, and several productions for TUTS, MUSSOC and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. She has guest taught and adjudicated ballet and Musical Theatre all across Canada for schools and professional companies.
A very creative and innovative choreographer, Suzanne has worked extensively in TV/film, CBC TV specials, Columbia Pictures Promos, fashion shows for hair and clothing designers, dance programs for Canada’s Olympic skaters, numerous UBC Opera Department’s productions, Vancouver Opera Galas, Royal City Musical theatre productions, Arts Club theatre’s Billy Elliot, Richmond Gateway Theatre musicals where she recently won the 2016 most outstanding choreographer award for The Music Man.
Suzanne’s passion, enthusiasm, and extensive background in many facets of the performing arts make her in great demand as a teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director and adjudicator.
Our Stage adjudicator is Shawna Parry.
Shawna is an accomplished dancer, singer, and actor, who shares her passion for the creative arts via performing, choreographing and directing. Selected performance credits: Guys and Dolls ‘Adelaide’ (Metro), The Diary of Adam and Eve ‘Eve’ (VanFringe), A Chorus Line ‘Connie’ (VIVA), The Pack Is Back ‘Peggy Lee/Show Girl/Choreographer’ (Van Warren Productions), helping with the creation and voice of ‘Sara’ in How To Love-The Headphone Play (Van Fringe), 2010 Olympics Winter Sports Showcase (URP), and the play, God of Carnage ‘Annette’, which won the North Shore Theatre BC Zone Festival award (NVCP). She has been honoured to tour across Canada with a live stage version of Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppie-Ready To Rock, and to have received critical acclaim for her portrayal of ‘Anybodys’ in West Side Story with Vancouver Opera (original Jerome Robbins choreography). Favourite choreography or directing credits: A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde (Crofton School), HONK! The Musical (Chilliwack School of Performing Arts), A Christmas Spectrum-a musical benefit for Autism in Kelowna BC, assisting Mr. Jeff Hyslop in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (TUTS) and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (GTI Productions), as well as five seasons of The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (RazzleDazzle) here on Vancouver Island!
A perfect complement to performing, choreographing and directing, Shawna coaches and mentors her own students, sharing her expertise and passion. Her students have garnered professional roles such as ‘Jane’ in Mary Poppins with the Arts Club Theatre Company, ‘Amaryllis’ in The Music Man and ‘Fan’ in A Christmas Carol, both with The Richmond Gateway Theatre. Shawna has acted as an adjudicator, judge or advisor for BC festivals, talent searches and post-secondary education such as the Kiwanis Stage Festival, Youth Talent Search BC, Capilano University Musical Theatre Department and Studio 58/Langara College. She has served on faculty for numerous lower mainland dance schools and theatre companies including The Arts Club Theatre Intensive, School Creative, Place des Arts, Richmond Gateway Theatre, Dancin’ Stars and The Richmond Academy of Dance.
Shawna acknowledges the dancers, their families and the organizers for their courage and tenacity; for staying enlivened and dedicated to their craft in our current circumstance. Staying connected has never been more important. You are a gift!