Dance


Event Details

This event finished on 09 Mar 2024


See our Dance Syllabus for entry classes and requirements.

Our 2024 adjudicator for Ballet/Modern will be Lesley Telford!

Leslie TelfordLesley Telford is a choreographer, educator and the Artistic Director of Inverso Productions based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has been described as having “a profound way of tapping into very deep recesses of our emotional and intellectual landscapes”.

Lesley finished her studies in Montreal at L´École Supérieur de Danse du Québec before joining the company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She went on to dance with Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain and then with Netherlands Dans Theater 1 where she worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite and others and performed in major theatres worldwide. She has set and staged the work of Jiri Kylian as well as Lightfoot/Leon.

As a choreographer, she has created several works for Ballet BC as well as commissions for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 (US), Compañia Nacional de Danza (Spain), Zfin Malta, Ballet Vorpommern (Germany), International Project for Dance in Rome- DAF (Italy), Butler Ballet (US), University of Utah (US) and Arts Umbrella Dance Company, among others.

She is the founder of Inverso Productions, a platform for interdisciplinary performance, through which she produced and choreographed 4 full-length works: Brittle Failure which has been a part of tours and festivals in Spain, the Netherlands and Canada, Spooky Action, which premiered to enthusiastic reviews, and her recent works Gem-like and Borrowed Time.

As a teacher, she has given workshops and classes internationally in many companies and schools. As an educator and mentor, she has a long-standing commitment in support of emerging dance artists and has developed outreach and professional platforms such as Performance Research Project to provide valuable opportunities and experience.

She is grateful to live and work on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.


Our 2024 adjudicator for Stage/Tap will be Tosh Sutherland!

Tosh SutherlandTosh Sutherland is a dancer, performer, and educator based out of British Columbia, Canada. He began his training with Bonnie-Jean Anderson in a local studio in the Lower Mainland and his passion for the dance only grew. He has trained with various instructors from all over North America, most notably attending the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Dianne Walker. At 16, Tosh was awarded the bronze medal for male soloists at the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany.

Immediately following graduation, Tosh moved to Toronto and within the year, he was performing in an all-tap dance production called ‘i Think i Can’ with the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (now known as Young People’s Theatre). Since then, he has had the privilege of taking his career all over the world. After several contracts at sea as a principal dancer with Princess Cruises, he landed back in British Columbia to begin making waves of his own.

Tosh has worked with many companies in Vancouver and in a variety of art forms. From a Tap Dance and Flamenco adaptation production of ‘West Side Story’ with Karen Flamenco to a likeable ruffian in Awkward Production’s Fringe hit musical ‘Cry-baby: The Musical’. He was the Artistic Director and founder of the Tap Artistry program residing at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society.

His most recent credits include; S.T.I.L. (Stuff That I Like) directed and choreographed by Troy Mclaughlin, Danny Nielsen’s production of Love.Be.Best.Free, Gateway Theatre’s production of The Music Man and. When not performing, you can find Tosh in the wildness of British Columbia; most likely with a fishing rod in hand.


Our 2024 adjudicator for Street Dancing will be Roberta Bierman!

Roberta Bierman is a passionate instructor, choreographer and performer based in Vancouver, Canada. From a young age, Roberta grew up in a studio training in multiple genres of dance, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Modern, but once introduced to Street Dance, it quickly stole her heart. Roberta shifted her focus to pursue training in Hip Hop while learning other Street styles such as Popping, Locking and, most recently, Memphis Jookin. With a non-stop growing passion for the culture, Roberta is forever a student and continues to train locally and internationally.

Roberta has become one of the most sought after choreographers and teachers in Western Canada. Her crews and choreography are continuously recognized at competitions and festivals on both local and international levels. Roberta is known for teaching memorable classes filled with high energy and education that goes beyond just ‘the steps’. With a strong passion for teaching and building dancers, she has had the opportunity to travel and teach around the world. Aside from teaching, Roberta strives to find ways to give back and create opportunities for her students and the local dance community.

Roberta is a member and choreographer for the elite, all female Street Dance crew, Diamonds in the Rough and Director of RUFFNECKS crew. From 2011 – 2021, she was the director and choreographer for the reputable Canadian mega crew, TwoFourSeven Company the Body Rock 2017 1st Place Champions, World of Dance 2018 Los Angeles 1st Place Champions, Release 2019 Champions; and the list goes on. Roberta is currently the head choreographer for Team Canada Hip Hop, an organization offering elite dancers in Canada the opportunity to travel to Europe and compete in a World Championship.

Roberta is the Co-Founder A3 District Studio, a Canadian dance studio and production company based in Vancouver. She is also the Co-Producer for Summer Knock-Out Street Dance Competition and Elements Dance Competition.