Competition

Competition Dates:

August 5th, 2020 - August 13th, 2020

Registration for 2020 GDC will be announced soon.

Venues: TBA

Registration Deadline:

Registration deadline is June 30, 2020

Entrance Qualification:

Interested in competing for the Global Dance Challenge Awards? Check the competition eligibility criteria below.

Am I Eligible To Enter?

The Global Dance Challenge is open to pre-professional dancers and students from all around the world ages 6-22, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.

Candidates pay a set fee for a unique creative experience inclusive of competing and coaching from world-renowned master teachers and choreographers.

Rules & Regulations

Participants may enter the competition in the following categories:

Ballet (Categories A & B) including Neoclassical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet (On Pointe)

Candidates will be divided into Category A and Category B depending on the number of hours per week that the dancer trains. If the candidate trains for more than 20 hours a week, they should enter in Category A, otherwise they should enter in Category B.

Types

- Neoclassical Ballet welcomes original choreography or most creations of the late 20th or 21st century. For example, A W. Forsythe or J. Kylian style choreography would be considered neoclassical.
*Candidates must clear the right to perform original choreographic repertoire prior to entry

- Classical Ballet Solo should be choreographed in the style of 18th to 20th century. Dancers in the A-1 JUNIOR BALLET , B-1 JUNIOR BALLET and B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET may present a classical variation or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.

- Contemporary Ballet Solo (on pointe) For females, this should be original choreography set with contemporary movement but executed on pointe. For males, original choreography should be set with contemporary and ballet vocabulary. If the solos are not on pointe, the participant should be placed in the Open Category.

- All competitors in A-1 JUNIOR BALLET, A-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and A-3 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category must prepare two variations in classical, neoclassical or contemporary ballet; one in the Semi-Finals round and an alternate one in the Final round of the competition.

- All competitors in B-1 JUNIOR BALLET, B-2 INTERMEDIATE BALLET and B-3 SENIOR BALLET competing in the Ballet Solo category have the option of bringing one or two solos in classical or neoclassical or contemporary ballet to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

- A-2 SENIOR BALLET and B-2 SENIOR BALLET may choose from the list of example classical variations below or a piece of original choreography utilizing classical technique.

See Examples for variations on classical variations.

* For those who train over 20 hours but cannot qualify for Category A-1 due to age discrepancies, GDC reserves the right to make exceptions based on letter of reference(s) from school of training and/or instructor with brief summary of dance experiences of the competitor.

**Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated.

***GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.


International Dance (Category C)

The International Dance category welcomes all ethnic/cultural dances. This category includes traditional, folk and contemporary styles of ethnic/cultural dances. Please list the country of origin on the entry. Participants are welcome to perform various representations of cultural dances with choreography suited to the candidate’s age and capability.

*The right to perform original choreographic repertoire must be cleared by choreographers prior to entering. original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated

Types

- All competitors in C-1 INTERNATIONAL DANCES or C-2 INTERNATIONAL DANCES category have the option of bringing one or two pieces to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

*GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.


Open (Category D)

Open Category welcomes Contemporary (no pointe shoes allowed) and Jazz Dance. It is important that the choreography is suited to the candidate’s age and capability. Original choreographic creations for GDC are very much appreciated!

Sub-Categories:

  1. Contemporary (must not be on pointe)
  2. Jazz

Types

  • Solo
  • Duet
  • Group (3 -6 dancers)
  • Ensemble (7+ dancers)

- All competitors in D-1 OPEN, D-2 OPEN or D-3 OPEN category have the option of bringing one or two pieces to be performed; one in the Semi- Finals round and the same or alternate in the Final round of the competition.

*GDC reserves the right to designate the correct category of the participants’ entry. You must reserve all rights to the music and choreography for your performance. GDC is not liable for any fees or claims against usage.

Time Limitations

Scoring

The scoring system is evaluated on a 100-point system.
Points will be given in the following areas:

The mark given for each participant is the average of scores given by all judges - usually three to five of them from different backgrounds. In addition to providing a numerical score to each participant, judges may offer comments on the score sheet, to help guide participants.

For the Semi Finals, 20% of participants marks will come from designated Masterclasses between Wednesday August 7, 2019 – Saturday August 10, 2019. For Duet’s, groups and ensembles the Masterclass mark will be an average between all the participants. Participants will be marked for all categories that they are entered in.

Music

Awards & Scholarships

Global Dance Challenge 2019 Awards and Scholarships

Ballet

International Dance

Open

*Awards will be given within the Solo, Duet, Group and Ensemble sub categories that are in Category A, B, C, & D


GDC Prix D'Or Trophy

Will be given to the dancer's (inclusive of solo, duo, group or ensemble) who receive the top Marks in All of A category, B category, C Category and D category

Category A (Solos, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Group & Ensembles)

Category B (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category C (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

Category D (Solos, Duets, Group & Ensembles)

*All Solo, Duo, Pas de deux, Pas de trois, Groups or Ensembles within the A/B/C/D category are eligible. The 3 highest/top marks receive the trophy within category A & B & C & D


Special Mentions

Awards Policy:

Prizes & Scholarships

Total Prize and Scholarship Amount: $50,000 CAD

More Information Coming

2019 Event Schedule

Coming Soon!

GALA Program:

Intermission

Master Class Instructors:

* To be announced

2019 Winners

We applaud all contestants and their instructors on their hard work and beautiful presentations and congratulate the following Global Dance Challenge 2019 winners on their accomplishments!

Category Awards & Medals
Category A1 Solo
  • Gold: #103, Margarita Roura – from Portugal
  • Silver: #102, Grace Bianchin – from Canada
  • Silver: #101, Ana Wu – from Canada
  • Bronze: #100, Leo Jun Hong Cheng – from Singapore
Category A2 Solo
  • Gold: #114, AntÓnio Casalinho – from Portugal
  • Silver: #127, Angel Vizcaino – from Mexico
  • Bronze: #117, Zhang Tengyuan – from China
Category A3 Solo
  • Gold: #129, Tali Elman – from Canada
  • Gold: #128, Zhu Jingyang – from China
Category A2 Pas de Deux
  • Gold: #131, António Casalinho & Margarita Roura Fernandes, for Flames of Paris Pas de Deux – from Canada
  • Silver: #130, Zhao Dian & Jin Wen Xuan, for Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux - from China
Category B1 Solo
  • First place: #231, Maria Lopez – from Mexico
  • First place: #221, Luo Yuet Ho – from China
  • Second place: #219, Isabella Liu – from Canada
  • Second place: #218, Chen Yutan – from China
  • Third place: #211, Wang Lingyuyao – from China
  • Third place: #228, Mikayla Morris – from China
Category B2 Solo
  • First place: #247, Huang Jueya – from China
  • Second place: #258, Carolina Veiga da Costa – from Portgual
  • Second place: #237, Zhang Jinyue – from China
  • Third place: #242, Rhys Howes – from Canada
  • Third place: #261, Hiromi Abe – from Japan
Category B3 Solo
  • First place: #296, Margarida Noiva Conçalves – from Portgual
  • Third place: #268, Johana Gracia – from Mexico
Category B1 Duet
  • First place: #276, White Swan Ballet, for "Nutcracker Cane Dance" – from China
  • Second place: #277, White Swan Ballet, for "Coppelia Doll Dance" – from China
  • Second place: #275, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Spring Butterfly" – from Canada
  • Third place: #279, Beijing Aoba International Arts Centre, for "Happy Polka" – from China
Category B2 Duet
  • First place: #283, Doris Topete Dance Academy, for "Mi Corazon" – from Mexico
  • Third place: #282, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Double Eagle" – from Canada
Category B1 Group
  • First place: #287, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Who made mistakes" – from Canada
  • Second place: #285, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Petit Trio de Ballet" – from Canada
Category B1 Ensemble
  • First place: #289, Marigold Yifan Ballet Art Centre, for "Italy" – from China
  • Second place: #290, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Umbrella Dance" – from Canada
  • Third place: #293, Beijing Aoba International Arts Centre, for "Fijita" – from China
Category B3 Ensemble
  • Second place: #295, Suzhou Little Angel Ballet Company, for "Jasmine" – from China
Category C1 Solo
  • Gold: #301, Zhao Yichan – from China
  • Silver: #302, Connie Jin – from Canada
Category C2 Solo
  • Gold: #309, Sun Yunning – from China
  • Gold: 311, Ana Wu – from Canada
  • Silver: #307, Zhang Jinyu – from China
Category C1 Duet
  • Silver: #315, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Demon Sparrow" – from Canada
  • Bronze: #314, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Pretty Girl" – from Canada
Category C1 Group
  • Gold: #319, Princess Shera International Dancing School, for "As the Artisan Heart"
  • Silver: #317, Fanglan Dance Studio, for "June Jasmine" – from China
  • Bronze: #318, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Jasmine Flower" – from Canada
Category D1 Solo
  • Bronze: #402, Sophia Yao – from China
Category D2 Solo
  • Gold: #408, Lyric Fernandes – from USA
  • Silver: #415, Ana Wu – from Canada
  • Silver: #405, Zhang Xinyue – from China
  • Bronze: #406, Adele Liao – from China
Category D3 Solo
  • Gold: #420, AntÓnio Casalinho – from Portgual
  • Silver: #424, Angel Vizcaino – from Mexico
  • Silver: #425, Tali Elman – from Canada
  • Bronze: #418, Johana Gracia – from Mexico
  • Bronze: #423, Kyra Soo – from Canada
Category D1 duet
  • Bronze: #403, Princess Shera International Dancing School, for "Fire"
Category D1 Group Jazz
  • Silver: #404, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Rodeo Gals" – from Canada
Category D2 Group Jazz
  • Silver: #426, Goh Ballet Academy, for "Espionage" – from Canada
Prix de L'Or, Prix d'Argent and Prix de Bronze

Overall Top 3 marks in each category

Category A
  • GDC Prix de Bronze: #129, Tali Elman – from Canada
  • GDC Prix d'Argent: #127, Angel Vizcaino – from Mexico
  • GDC Prix de l'Or: #131, António Casalinho & Margarita Roura Fernandes – from Portgual
Category B
  • GDC Prix de Bronze: #258, Carolina Veiga da Costa – from Portgual
  • GDC Prix d'Argent: #296, Margarida Noiva Conçalves – from Portgual
  • GDC Prix de l'Or: #247, Huang Jueya – from China
Category C
  • GDC Prix de Bronze: #309, Sun Yunning – from China
GDC 2019 Jury Select Awards
Jury Honourable Mentions
  • A2 solo: #108, Nicholas Mihlar – from Canada
  • A2 solo: #111, Luo Yi – from China
  • A2 solo: #123, Yu Shan – from China
  • A2 solo: #126, Kyra Soo – from Canada
  • B1 solo: #232, Jhilian Yan Klassen – from Canada
  • B1 ensemble: #288, Gui Yang Fen Se Zu Jian Dance Arts School, for “Storm” – from China
  • B1 ensemble: #291, White Swan Ballet, for “Jewel” – from China
  • B1 ensemble: #292, Goh Ballet Academy, for “Waltz” – from Canada
  • D3 solo: #417, Nicholas Mihlar – from Canada
  • D3 solo: #421, Marie Keenan – from Canada
  • D3 solo: #422, Irene Ta – from Canada
Best Performance
  • B1 solo #207, Theepika Sivananthan, for "Cinderella’s Dream" – from Canada
Outstanding Dance Organization
  • Beijing Aoba International Arts Centre – from China
Outstanding Choreography
  • Barbara Bartnik, for "Incumbency" (as performed by competitor #423, Kyra Soo)
  • Kirsten Wicklund, for "A Deal with Chaos" (as performed by competitor #422, Irene Ta)
Most Potential
  • #108, Nicholas Mihlar – from Canada
Tali Elman
Tali Elman
Ballet Category A3 solo
Goh Ballet Academy, for Umbrella Dance
Goh Ballet Academy, for "Umbrella Dance"
Ballet Category B1 Ensemble
Goh Ballet Academy, for Umbrella Dance
Luo Yuet Ho
Ballet Category B1 Solo
Doris Topete Dance Academy, for Mi Corazon
Doris Topete Dance Academy, for "Mi Corazon"
Ballet Category B2 Duet
Huang Jue Ya
Huang Jue Ya
Ballet Category B2 Solo
Suzhou Little Angel Ballet Company, for Jasmine
Suzhou Little Angel Ballet Company, for "Jasmine"
Ballet Category B3 Ensemble
Princess Shera International Dancing School, for As the Artisan Heart
Princess Shera International Dancing School, for "As the Artisan Heart"
International Dance Category C1 Group
Princess Shera International Dancing School, for As the Artisan Heart
Sun Yunning
International Dance Category C2 Solo
Princess Shera International Dancing School, for Fire
Princess Shera International Dancing School, for "Fire"
Open Contemporary and Jazz Category D1 Duet
Lyric Fernandes
Lyric Fernandes
Open Contemporary and Jazz Category D2 Solo
AntÓnio Casalinho
António Casalinho
Open Contemporary and Jazz Category D3 Solo