Sunshine Coast Dance Society | News Release July 2018

2018 marks the twenty-fifth year of operation for the Sunshine Coast Dance Society, and the twenty-fifth year of awarding ballet student awards in the name of Lois Smith, one of the original founders of the Society, and a mentor to many young dancers on the coast.

Ballet, modern, and choreographic dance applications and auditions were adjudicated at the end of June with the following 2018 cash awards totally $3500 presented to:

  • Sophie Malcomson received the Lois Smith Memorial Junior (under 14 yr) Ballet Award.
  • Bronte Hanson won the Lois Smith Excellence in Ballet Senior Award (over 14 yr) as well as the SC Dance Society Award for Modern Dance. Bronte also won the Lois Smith Memorial Award for Ballet presented at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts in February.
  • Alyssa Rive, also a senior dance student, won the second annual Dance Society’s Choreography Award.

Sophie Malcomson just turned eleven and is one of a new group of rising-ballet stars on the coast and is attending the National Ballet School summer dance program in Toronto this summer. A student of Dominique’s School of Dance in Gibsons, Sophie played the principal role of Clara in the local production of the Nutcracker and attended the Alberta Ballet Summer Intensive program in 2017. Her future plans include focusing on her RAD studies and exploring contemporary ballet techniques.

Bronte Hanson, just graduated from Sechelt’s Coast Academy of Dance’s three-year pre-professional dance program and completed her Modern and Tap ISTD exams with “Distinction” recently. As well as the Dance Society award recognition for Ballet and Modern dance, Bronte received the highest overall score for Lyrical Ballet Solo in 2018 spring competitions in Vancouver, and an invitation to attend a 2019 International dance competition in Europe. Bronte and Alyssa Rive will both be teaching next year and working on advanced level ISTD designations.

The Dance Society’s mandate is to present and promote classical and modern dance forms at a professional level, provide career and development opportunities for Sunshine Coast students and teachers of dance, and enrich the cultural life on the Sunshine Coast through dance.

As well as the annual scholarship program, the Society presented the Source Dance company from Vancouver this April at the Ravens Cry Theatre and will be hosting a ten-day dance residency project in September. The residency project will present the talent and teachings of international contemporary dance artists, Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara Bourget of Kokoro Dance. This multi-cultural dance project will include a community workshop, and a performance opportunity October 4, 5 & 6 during the Sechelt Arts Festival.