An important part of the SCDS mandate is to provide on-going encouragement of dance education through our scholarship program. This much-needed financial assistance goes to promising students, allowing them to attend intensive and pre-professional classes in Vancouver and elsewhere in British Columbia.

These awards are provided through donations we receive from individuals, members, co-production revenues and other fundraising iniatives. The funds received are pivotal to assisting coast dance students and adult dancers with financial assistance to further their dance education and training. We are proud to say that 2017 will be the 24th year that the society has been able, through donor generosity and ticket revenues to offer the scholarship program.

2017: Two Lois Smith memorial awards, sponsored by the SCDS, were awarded during the 2017 Festival of Performing Arts on May 7, 2017. Sophie Malcolmson received $300. Natalie Martin received $200.

Dance Society Treasurer Yvette Cormier (left) and board member Maggie Guzzi (right) present scholarships to Jamie Butler and Cora Nelson. (Missing from photo: recipient Audree Hutchinson)

Three 2017 SCDS dance scholarships were also awarded. These awards are open to all students of dance on the Sunshine Coast, and represent a continued commitment from the society to support coast dancers in their endeavors at the professional, educational, or recreational level. A total of $2,500 in awards was given out this year, during the annual scholarship award event, now in its twenty-third year. These went to:

2016: The following scholarships were granted in 2016:

SCDS Scholarship:

Other Scholarships:

2015: Jaime Butler and Cora Nelson each received a Lois Smith Ballet Award of $500. Evangeline Larson, Molly Carpenter and Kristie Sita each received a Dance Society Multi Award of $500.


2014: In 2014, the society received confirmation that the SCDS would become the administrator of a new dance scholarship in the name of the late society founding member, Lois Smith. A very timely occurrence considering the twenty-year anniversary of the society in 2013. In her honour, the scholarship was awarded specifically for “Excellence in Ballet.” This enabled the Society to broaden the scholarship program in 2014 to include three awards to deserving coast dancers:

2013: A total of $1250 was awarded to five coast student dancers, each receiving $250 (two youth and three graduating students). Tara Kalman and Kristy Sita received the Lois Smith Scholarship, while Michelle Milliken, Cora Nelson and Lily Riggs received SCDS Awards of Merit. (No photo was taken that year.)

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2012: High school graduate Talieson Sanford received the Lois Smith Scholarship recipient for 2012 to pursue dance classes off coast during 2012/2013.

Tegan Jacson receives Sunshine Coast Dance Society Scholarship in 2011
SCDS Scholarship, 2011

2011: The 2011 scholarship recipient was Coast Academy of Dance student, Tegan Jackson. Scholarship hopefuls participated in a fantastic audition class led by professional Vancouver dancer Caroline Farquhar. Visiting the Coast as part of the Nosh and Stammer project, Caroline graciously agreed to create and conduct the class for the SCDS. Participants also danced a three minute solo. Board members Shelly Elston and Brittany Robertson were joined by founding member Nicola Blakey and dance teacher Lucy Ennis as adjudicators. Tegan will be using her scholarship funds to take the summer ballet intensive with Kathleen and David Holmes, and drop in on some summer classes at Harbour Dance. Congratulations Tegan.

Courtney Hobson receives Sunshine Coast Dance Society Scholarship in 2011
Shelley Cromie Scholarship 2010

2010: Sunshine Coast dance student Courtney Hobson was awarded the Shelley Cromie Scholarship Award in July 2010, providing funds to attend the summer dance intensive training program at the Goh Ballet School in Vancouver. The scholarship was awarded in honor of Shelley Cromie, a local dancer and teacher who passed away in 2010.

Frankie Cottrell receives Sunshine Coast Dance Society Scholarship in 2011
Lois Smith Scholarship

2009: Local tap student Frankie Cottrell was awarded the Lois Smith Scholarship in 2009. Frankie is the first male dancer, and tapper, to win a Sunshine Coast Dance Society scholarship!
For more information on Sunshine Coast Dance Society scholarships, please contact us.