Dancestreams Youth Dance Company
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 A few spaces still available for the 2017-18 Season! 

For dancers who were unable to attend the live audition in June, video auditions will be considered.  The material on the audition video should be recent and not exceed 10 minutes in length.  The DVD must include the following:
A) Personal Introduction (please use a close-up shot)  State your full name , age,  address, phone number, email address, where you train, and the number & type of dance classes you take per week.
B) A contemporary warm-up sequence that includes full-use of the body OR a ballet barre- exercises one side only

C) A sequence that shows the applicant’s ability to move through space using weight change, level change, and direction change.  

Email: OR mail a DVD to Dancestreams, 4330 Victoria Drive Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7L1
deadline: August 21, 2017



Saturday, June 24th at McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville 11 am - 2 pm
$20 fee- PRE-REGISTER: or 250-723-9525
Contemporary class is open to all dancers age 12- 19 from Vancouver Island!
Guest Teacher: Kathy Lang, Victoria 
Drummer:  Dave McGrath- Gabriola Island
Kathy Lang is a freelance contemporary dance artist in Victoria BC. She is an accomplish choreographer, teacher and director. She is ballet and contemporary trained and studied dance at University of Calgary and Grant McEwan University. She has worked with many renowned choreographers throughout her performance career, performed with Mile Zero Dance Company, Tantrum and many others throughout western Canada. She has founded and directed two youth companies, Purple Feet Youth Dance (Vancouver), and Elev8 Youth Dance,Projects (Victoria),  founded and performed with CoMotion Dance, and most recently launched Third Canvas Dance in Victoria. She is currently on faculty at Raino Dance and Victoria Academy of Ballet mentoring and teaching youth, pre professionals and adults.  Kathy is in love with diversity and expression of the contemporary dance form, sharing it with her students and supporting the evolution of dance expression
2017-18 is expected to be a banner year for Dancestreams!!  With a record number of new choreographies slated to  be commissioned, plus we are working on a plan to support & mentor young choreographers within the Company- this is the year to be here!  Exciting projects ahead!


Dancestreams is thrilled to announce that a very generous grant from the BC Arts Council and Province of British Columbia will enable us to commission a wide variety of new works over the next two years, and to offer master classes with some of Canada's most distinguished artists, including Peggy Baker, Kenny Pearl & Marc Boivin!



Dancestreams had a wonderful adventure, exchanging with Dandelion Dance Company in Ottawa in March, thanks to the travel  sponsored by Experiences Canada!  Each group saw a different part of the country, danced together & took classes, saw performances and learned about a wide variety of ethnicities and foods!  Many friendships were created!




Each year Dancestreams offers a variety of school and public presentations and activities.

School Shows

          -Informal and informative performances in a lecture demonstration format, featuring works from the Company’s            current repertoire, demonstrations of various styles of dance and an audience question and answer period. Suitable for all grades.

            -A unique and engaging participatory program combining performance and mini-workshops led by Company members.   Suitable for Grades 4 to 7

            -School shows require a clear space of approximately 20’x30’, non-carpeted, with changing facilities close by. Dancers cannot perform on cement surfaces.   A sound system capable of  playing CD's or ipod is required, unless previous arrangements have been made for the company to transport equipment. 

Community Events

            -Dancestreams participates annually in  service organization sponsored community events and activities

Annual Spring Tour

            -A four to five week performance tour throughout mid Vancouver Island, featuring a full evening program of the Company’s most popular and exciting dance works.

Dance Odyssey

            -An annual showcase of talent sponsored by Dancestreams, featuring guest artists from dance schools throughout the central Vancouver Island region.  The performance takes place at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre.  Dancers are invited to join  in master classes during the day.

Master Classes

            -Dancers from communities throughout the central Island region are welcome to attend master classes with guest teachers.  The Company has been fortunate to welcome such professionals as: Serge Bennathan, Tiffany Tregarthen, Heather Laura Gray, Monica Proenca, Judith Garay, Wen-Wei Wang, Suzanne Toumine, Edmond Kilpatrick, Malcolm Low, Artemis Gordon, Sarah Brewer, Marthe Leonard, Day Helesic, Marquita Lester, Bev Aitchison and many others.

After a wonderful & successful audition class in June, we have accepted a lovely group of talented dancers!  If you missed the audition, there is still a chance to be part of this exciting company!  Look under 'event' tab for details.