See our Dance Syllabus for entry classes and requirements.
Our Ballet/Modern adjudicator for 2021 is Jill Henis.
Jill Henis is an international dance artist, director, teacher and mentor gratefully residing on the unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Over the last forty years of study and 30 years of professional work, Ms. Henis has been employed by classical ballet companies, contemporary companies, multi-disciplinary collaborations and independent contracts for stage and theatre. Selections: Ballet Nacional De Cuba: Evergreen City Ballet, Washington: Chrissie Parrot Dance Co. Perth, Australia: The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network -Big Soul Productions Inc. Tk’emlúps & a multi-year touring contract throughout South
East Asia with choreographer Robert Gulliam.
In 2009, Jill founded a not-for-profit contemporary dance company, mixOLOGYdancemine, and a post-secondary training initiative; The Practice. The company’s inaugural contract was for the 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Ceremony Celebrations in Saskatoon SK. Since 2015, her creative interests have been housed under the umbrella Project 404; an Artist-run creative hub. Jill is a deeply devoted teacher; currently a faculty member of Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Centre & guest teaches internationally including; Henny Jurriëns Stichting; Amsterdam, ZéróPlusz; Budapest & Dancer’s Workshop; Jackson WY.
Most recently, Ms. Henis was recognized by Dance International alongside highly recognized master teachers for her contributions and support of dancers during our global pandemic. Currently, Jill is in collaboration with Philadelphian Amelia Terrapin, developing a Fellowship program for mid-career & established dance artists. As 2021opens, Ms. Henis is honoured to be working with BalletBC Artist in Residence, Alexis Fletcher, as dramaturge & rehearsal director for her
upcoming evening of work presented in May 2021. Jill believes there is nothing more beautiful than nurturing and revealing the depths of our greatest gifts.
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!