2017 Dance Scholarship Applications Due June 19

Sunshine Coast Dance Society will be holding auditions and hosting the annual 2017 Dance Scholarship Awards from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday June 25, 2017.

The auditions will immediately follow a 45-60 minute warm-up class facilitated by renowned dance artist Sylvain Brochu. Applicants must attend both.

The event will be held at the Coast Academy of Dance, 5645 Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. Please plan to arrive by 10:50AM to sign in.

This year the Sunshine Coast Dance Society is pleased to advise that three awards will be available, including:

Students and dancers of any age may apply for the awards.

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

Participants are required to:

Email the completed application form and letter of recommendation (if applicable) no later than Monday June 19, 2017. Call Yvette at 604 885-2476 if you have questions.

The successful applicants will be informed of the results by July 1, 2017.

Please email your application to: info@sunshinecoastdance.com.  Here is the application form.

June 20, 2016: Deadline to Apply for Scholarships

The Dance Society will be holding Auditions and hosting the annual 2016 Dance Scholarship Awards from 10am to 1pm on Sunday June 26, 2016.

The auditions will immediately follow a 45-minute warm-up class and applicants must attend both. The event will be held at Dominique’s School of Dance, Sunshine Coast Highway in Gibsons. Please plan to arrive by 10AM sharp!

This year the Sunshine Coast Dance Society is pleased to advise that three awards will be available including:

  1. $1000 Scholarship for Excellence in Ballet (in memory of Lois Smith)
    Please, no point shoes.
  2. $1,000 Scholarship for Dance Excellence in any genre
    (Thanks to the Baris Charitable Foundation)
  3. $500 Scholarship for Dance Excellence in any genre

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

Participants are required to:

  1. Fill out the attached application.
  2. Attend the warm up class held at 10AM on Sunday June 26. Auditions will be adjudicated from 11:00AM to 1:30PM by three guest adjudicators.
  3. Be prepared to perform a dance solo (3 min. max) that best exhibits your movement qualities (no exam pieces please).

Email the completed application form and letter of recommendation (if applicable) no later than Monday June 20, 2016. Please call Diana at 604 649 9275 if you have any questions.

May 7, 2016: The Source Dance Company in Sechelt

The Source Dance Company from Vancouver has been helping the Dance Society support local dancers by travelling here each year, on their own dollar, to perform at the Raven’s Cry Theatre.

Their high-energy performances are always entertaining, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Treat yourself to a night out on the town, while helping raise funds for dance scholarships and residencies here on the Sunshine Coast. Buy your tickets today!

You can buy them in person (cash only) at Starbucks or Pretty Natty Duds in Sechelt, or at Peggy Sue’s Boutique in Gibsons.

Or you can buy them online here.  (Note: only ADULT tickets can be purchased online. They are $25 plus surcharge).


Dec 11, 2015: The Ever-Popular Calla Verde is Back!

Calla Verde Flamenco was a huge hit the last time they visited Gibsons. Don’t miss this performance on Friday December 11th at 7:30 at the Heritage Playhouse. The event will also feature our silent auction fundraiser for the Dance Society.

And… Maria Avila will be offering Flamenco workshops the following day for both beginners and Level 1. (Email her at mariaavilaflamenco@gmail.com for details.)



Nov 15 and 16, 2015: Dance Workshop with Danielle Gardner and Jonathan Arsenault

The Sunshine Coast Youth Dance Association is hosting a two day dance workshop with Danielle Gardner and Jonathan Arsenault at Kinsmen Hall in Lower Gibsons. Click the poster below poster to enlarge for details.

October 20 and 21, 2015: Free Dance Workshops with Margie Gillis

In conjunction with Margie Gillis’s visit in Sechelt, THE SUNSHINE COAST DANCE SOCIETY and the SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will sponsor a FREE 2 hour Master Class on Tuesday October 20 for pre-professional dance students at Dominique’s School of Dance in Gibsons, and a 4 hour FREE public Workshop based on Margie’s popular “Dancing from the Inside Out” program to be held at the Coast Academy of Dance studio in Sechelt. (Times tbd). PLEASE PRE-REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOPS at info@sunshinecoastdance.com


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.


Watch The Source Perform on Video

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.

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.