October 24, 2015: Margie Gillis and Guest Artists Perform at Raven’s Cry


The Sechelt Arts Festival Presents:

Guest Artist Performance Event

40 years retrospective show by Margie Gillis & Co

Internationally acclaimed, Montreal-based, solo modern dancer/choreographer, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada, Margie Gillis, in her first appearance on the Sunshine Coast, will present Florilège, an evening of her choreographic poems celebrating 40 years of her professional career.

Florilège is a journey through time that provides a brief overview of some of Margie’s most emblematic works, presenting a new interpretation of her work, enriched by the veneer of maturity that comes with age and the experience of the dancing body, and in perfect cohesion with the spirit of theatricality that is part and parcel of her dance. Unwaveringly, she continues to develop her craft through experimenting, teaching and creating.

Margie has invited a number of BC-Based and Canadian contemporary dancers to join her on stage to present some of her iconic works, including: Loon, Woods, Little Animal, Bloom and Waltzing Matilda. The ensemble cast will include: Holly Bright (Crimson Coast), Caitlin Griffin, Ruth Levin, Makaila Wallace and the Sunshine Coast’s Katherine Denham. This will be a very special once-in-a-life-time presentation for our community, not to be missed


July 1 to 31: Fundraiser for 2015 Performance of The Nutcracker

The Fundraising Non-Event of the Year!
Christmas in July!


Have nothing to wear?
Tired of long speeches?
Too busy to attend another fundraising event?
Prefer to stay home in your PJs on a Saturday night?

The best no-stressed, no dressed gala of the year!

Help keep the Nutcracker’s magic on the Sunshine Coast!


The Fundraising “NON-EVENT” of the year! We have over $3,200 worth of gift certificates contributed by the businesses on the Sunshine Coast! The businesses on the Coast have again surpassed our expectations. For an updated list of prizes, please check out the door prize tab above.

Donate now to the Nutcracker for your chance to win a “non-door” Door Prize! You may mail in your donation, or donate online here! It’s that easy to be entered into the door prize drawings!

Keep the magic and the dreams alive! Live – professional – spectacular – magical theatre on the Coast!

All the details are found on the website: www.coastingalongtheatre.org.


The Nutcracker is the most elaborate annual production on the Coast!

The beauty of the Nutcracker is that it combines professional dancers with local dancers who are eagerly learning the profession and nuance of classical ballet. The Nutcracker is a family tradition that has been taking place in cities around the world for over 123 years and that tradition has been available on the Sunshine Coast now as we enter our fourth year.

Maintaining the standard of excellence that makes this production so exceptional, involves an annual expense that far outpaces the revenue captured by ticket sales. In order for the Nutcracker to achieve ever higher and higher standards the shortfall of the funding relies on donations from generous benefactors who appreciate the fine arts. This annual tradition creates lifetime memories between parents, children, and dancers. Cultural events play an important part in making a diverse community and an attractive place to make a home.

Won’t you become a donor today? Keep the magic and the dreams alive!

Here’s the donation form.

May 9: The Source Dance Company Returns to Sechelt!

“Wonderland”… is an original dance presentation performed by Canada’s rising professional dancers, The Source Dance Company.

The Source Dance Company is a semi professional dance company based out of Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. Dancers from all across Canada audition each year to make up this dynamic company that focuses on jazz, hip hop, contemporary and street jazz. This season’s company is made up of dancers from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

This season’s production, “Wonderland”… is a new interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic story, “Alice in Wonderland”. Original choreography from some of North America’s best choreographers will represent scenes from the familiar story.

Artistic Director and founder of The Source Dance Company, Joanne Pesusich, has had fifteen successful seasons with the company. She says this year is one of the strongest companies to date. While she has personally set choreographed pieces on the company, she also brought in other professional choreographers from across Canada and L.A to set pieces for the show.

“Each year I am blown away by the raw talent and drive each dancer in The Source Dance Company shows…” states Joanne Pesusich, “This year is by far the most dedicated and well rounded company to date. The sheer talent in the room at each rehearsal is astounding. They will not disappoint! ‘Wonderland’ is going to be a knockout!”

About the Source:
The Source is a semi-professional dance company for dancers aged 17 and over who are looking for an outlet for training and performing with a highly dedicated and talented group of dancers. The Source is designed for those dancers who may be graduating high school, or leaving their dance studio, who are looking for a performance group to continue training and performing with, at a non-competitive level, working towards a professional career in dance.

Source 15 Company Vanity FairDates and Times: Saturday May 9, 2015, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Location: Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt

$20 in advance
$25 at the door

Tickets available at:

Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons
Peggy Sue’s Boutique, Gibsons Landing
Pretty Natty Duds, Sechelt
Sechelt Visitors Centre
Starbucks Sechelt
Online at EventBrite


April 30: Deadline for Advertising in Source Program

As you’ll see in the post above, we are bringing a talented and energetic dance troupe (The SOURCE) to the Coast for a fundraising show in Sechelt in May and there is an opportunity for some very affordable advertising in the program for this show.

  • $30.00 per 1/8 Page Ad
  • $50.00 per 1/4 Page Ad
  • $85.00 per 1/2 Page Ad
  • $150.00 per Full Page Ad – includes 2 Complimentary Tickets to the performance

The performers work for free; we pay them just enough to cover their transportation costs and a society member hosts them in her home. After paying for the theatre, we use the remaining proceeds to provide scholarships for talented young local dancers, and to offer residencies to dancers from across the country. So your advertising dollars support promising dancers here on the Sunshine Coast.

This would be a great place to advertise to an audience that is interested in the arts, dance, young people and fitness. Artwork must be provided by April 30th. If you are buying the 1/8 page ad, you can just subject your business card if you want. The details are in this PDF.

July 5, 2014: SCDS Scholarship Auditions

The Sunshine Coast Dance Society will be holding auditions and hosting a Master Class for the 2014 Dance Scholarships Awards.

2pm – 4pm on Saturday July 5, 2014

Venue: Coast Academy of Dance studios, Sechelt

A “free” 45-minute Master Class will be facilitated by Alison Denham.
The auditions will immediately follow the master class and applicants must attend both.

This year, the SC Dance Society is pleased to advise that two awards will be available including:

  1. The Lois Smith Dance Scholarship for Excellence in Ballet ~ $1000
  2. Sunshine Coast Dance Society Award of Dance Excellence ~ $500 (any genre)

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an advanced dancer 13 years of age or older.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years dance training or experience.

Participants are required to:

  • Fill out the attached application.
  • Provide a letter of intent or video describing how funds will be used to further their dance training.
  • Attend the “free” Master Class class held at 2pm on July 5. Auditions will be adjudicated following the Master Class from 3-4pm.
  • Be prepared to perform a dance solo (3 min max) that best exhibits your movement qualities (no exam pieces please).
  • Mail or email the completed application form and letter of intent to Maggie Guzzi BY JUNE 30, 2014.

The successful applicants will be informed of the results July 7, 2014.

Email your application to Maggie at: maguzzi@dccnet.com
Phone: 604-885-5880
Mail: 4586 Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt B.C. V0N 3A2

May 3: The Source Dance Company Performs in Sechelt

The Source Dance Company performs Stories from the West Side in Sechelt, May 3, 2014The Source Dance Company presents
Stories from the West Side!

Highly acclaimed Vancouver dance company, The SOURCE, return to Sechelt with excerpts from their new show inspired by “West Side Story”.

Stories from the West Side portrays an updated version of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway musical hit, with all new music and choreography.  Come out and watch some of Canada’s up-and-coming professional dancers from BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, plus special guests.

Dates and Times: Saturday May 3, 2014, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Location: Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt

2:00 pm Matinee Show: Adult $15, Student:  $10
7:30 pm Evening Show: Adult $20, Student $15

Tickets available at:

Peggy Sue’s (Gibsons Landing)
Sechelt Visitor Information Centre (Sechelt)
Pretty Natty Duds (Sechelt)

You can buy tickets online at EventBrite!


April 12 and13, 2013: DsDance Performs with Guests

Dsdanse Youth Dance Company presents
Lapse in Time
With Special Guests
Youth In Motion from the Shadbolt Center for the Arts

Dates and Times: Friday April 12 at 8pm and Saturday April 13 at 2pm

Location: Heritage Playhouse

Cost: Adult$17, Children 12 and under $13

Tickets available at:
Gaia’s Fair Trade (Lower Gibsons)
Laedeli (Sunnycrest Mall, Upper Gibsons)
Sechelt Visitors Centre (Sechelt)

This is a Showcase of the performing art event (SOPA).

July 23-27, August 20-24: Summer Intensive Ballet Program

David and Kathleen Holmes are offering two weeks of summer intensive ballet program: one week in July in Gibsons and one week in August in Sechelt.

“The five solid days of concentrated studies will in fact be the equivalent of fifteen weeks of your regular ballet studies. The added value is the retention factor of back-to-back classes. This is the schedule you would experience if you were a member of a professional ballet company. Your improvement will be noticed within days as will your increased stamina.”

View the brochure for more information.

May 4, 2013: The Source Dance Company Performs in Sechelt

The Source Dance Company presents
Gotta Get It!

Highly acclaimed Vancouver dance company, The SOURCE, return to Sechelt with excerpts from their new show inspired by “A Chorus Line” and TV’s hit show “SMASH.” Jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance combine for knock-out performances and a heartfelt “behind the scenes” storyline. Also featuring guest performances from Source alumni dancers.

Dates and Times: Saturday May 4, 2013, 2pm and 7pm

Location: Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt

2:00 pm Matinee Show: Adult $15, Children 12 and under $12
7:30 pm Evening Show: Adult $20, Children 12 and under $15

Tickets available at:

Peggy Sue’s (Gibsons Landing)
Woods Showcase (Sunnycrest Mall, Upper Gibsons)
Strait Coffee (Wilson Creek)
Sechelt Visitors Centre (Sechelt)
Pretty Natty Duds (Sechelt)

Or reserve tickets online by emailing info@sunshinecoastdance.com.

August 13th to 16th: Summer Wake-Up Workshop

The second annual Summer Wake-Up Workshop for dancers is being held mid-August. This year’s workshop is open to all ages with three levels available for registration, as well as adult classes in the evenings of August 14th and 16th.

The workshop will include all styles of dance – Ballet, Jazz, Bootcamp, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip hop, Ballroom, and Broadway Jazz. There will be two new teachers joining the faculty this year– Danielle Demi and Calida Kuzek – as well as returning members Sammie Broomhall and Christina Fitchett.

Pamphlets with full workshop and registration details can be downloaded here or picked up at the Coast Academy of Dance. There will be two opportunities to register in person at the Coast Academy of Dance on June 19th and July 19th from 4pm-7pm, as well as the option to mail in registrations.

If you have any questions contact Sammie at summerwakeup@live.com.