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Each year DBSD students and classes are selected to participate in various competitions. In-class evaluations begin in September and teachers will make their recommendations for solos, duos, trios and small groups in December or sooner. Results will be mailed home. Extra rehearsal time, choreographer and entry fees will apply.


Is there an opportunity to practice onstage before the competition/MB Dance Festival?
Yes, we hold a "Preview" mid-April every year where the dancers perform in front of an audience. As soon as the venue is confirmed, the Dates & Events page is updated with all the times and details. It is very important students be available for this full dress-rehearsal. Dancers should arrive 30 minutes prior to their call time in full hair, costume and shoes, ready to perform.

When can we expect to receive the competition/MB Dance Festival schedule?
We strive to provide the schedule as soon as possible. Our Dates & Events page is updated with all the times and details as soon as we receive the finalized timetables. Typically sessions run between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM, 7 days a week. There is a high possibility your child will be asked to dance anytime within this window on a weekday, Saturday, Sunday or Victoria Day Monday.

When should we arrive at the venue?
There is much to do prior to the dancers taking the stage, such as a warm-up, costume check and one last chance for a routine run-through. Students must arrive in full makeup, costume and shoes using the following lead times:

What should we bring with us?
In addition to costumes, shoes and any props - a dancer's toolkit should also contain extra tights; makeup; hairspray; comb/brush; extra bobby-pins; hair net if you are wearing a bun; safety pins; a needle and thread; screwdriver for tightening tap shoes; diamond (cubic zirconia) earrings and always triple-check everything before leaving the house.

Annual Participation

The Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival
Every year in May, Dance Manitoba hosts the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival. Over the years, the festival has grown from a one-day program to an 18 day event featuring performances by more than 1,600 dancers from all over Manitoba. It is a high-profile, non-competitive event affording its participants opportunities for learning through adjudicators’ critiques, workshops and master classes, as well as the chance to meet with other dancers and the experience of working in a professional theatre with a professional crew. Through these elements, the Festival provides opportunities for dancers and teachers to develop technically and artistically.

Canadian National Dance Championships
The CNDC organization strives to ensure each participant has a positive experience. Adjudicators are never local and have a diverse multi-disciplined dance background. They are often studio owners and teachers or dance professionals coming from across Canada and the United States. CDNC is the only dance competition in Canada qualifying Canadian dancers to represent Canada at the prestigious World Championships. The International Dance Organization (IDO), is a World Federation with a membership of over 90 Nations, representing more than 250,000 dancers, from six continents.

Other Competitions
Additional competition opportunities are evaluated by the DBSD faculty every year. Participation is determined in a number of ways. Competitions we evaluate each year include Dance Canada, Thunderstruck, 5678 Showtime, Nuvo, Candance, View Dance Challenge, and Jump. Keep an eye on our News and Dates & Events pages for announcements.

2017 Results
DBSD's 2017 Competition Results