ABOUT OUR CONVENTIONS
The Dance Project Convention was created in 2003 as a tool to enhance dancer’s training. At The Dance Project, participants are exposed to some of the world's most innovative & successful dance professionals, who are excited about sharing their love of dance. The Dance Project's workshops and conventions are designed to inspire dancers of all levels & backgrounds to continue exploring their craft. With the belief that dancers never stop learning, Director Jennifer Smith and her team are excited to be an integral part of the dance education process. The Dance Project has earned the reputation of producing top quality, inspiring events in Canada.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! We have added a MINI Level specially designed for dancers ages 7-9. This new program will introduce young dancers to the world of conventions in a more intimate setting than the Junior Level. Mini dancers will participate in 3 workshops; Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. Mini classes will be taught by high-energy, positive teachers, specially chosen to work with dancers in this age group. Mini dancers will also receive a FREE T-SHIRT and the chance to win some awesome prizes!
WHY CHOOSE THE DANCE PROJECT CONVENTION?
• Plenty of space to DANCE!
• Amazing and experienced faculty!
• FREE T-shirt for pre-registered participants!
• Challenging & exciting workshops!
• Fun prizes & Scholarships!
OUR GOALS ARE TO:
• Create a warm & friendly atmosphere
• Encourage dancers to support each other
• Give participants the opportunity to learn from professionals outside their regular training
• Produce exciting, challenging, and inspiring workshops
• Serve dancers of all different background & levels
TDP's workshops and conventions bring together some of the industry's most innovative and successful dance professionals who are excited about sharing their love of dance.
MINI (Ages 7 - 9)
Our youngest dancers will partake in 3 x 1-hour workshops throughout the day (Jazz, Contemporary & Hip Hop). It is recommended that registrants in the Mini level have at least 1 year of dance instruction. These classes will be taught by high-energy, positive teachers, specially chosen to work with dancers in this age group! Space is limited as we aim to ensure all dancers are comfortable and able to dance FULL OUT!
JUNIOR* (Ages 9 - 11)
Junior dancers will participate in 4 x 1-hour workshops throughout the day (typically Jazz, Tap, Contemporary & Hip Hop). It is recommended that registrants in the Junior level have at least 1 year of dance instruction. Whether you are new to the convention atmosphere, or a seasoned convention-goer, The Junior level is fun, challenging, and definitely inspiring! Space is limited as we aim to ensure all dancers are comfortable and able to dance FULL OUT!
INTERMEDIATE (Ages 11 - 13)
Dancers in the Intermediate level will partake in 5 x 75-minute workshops (typically Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop & 1 additional genre). It is recommended that registrants in the Intermediate level have at least 3 years of dance instruction in various genres. The Intermediate level will challenge and inspire dancers to reach beyond their potential. Space is limited as we aim to ensure all dancers are comfortable and able to dance FULL OUT!
ADVANCED (Ages 14+)
Advanced level dancers will partake in 5 x 75-minute workshops (typically Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop & 1 additional genre). It is recommended that registrants in the Advanced level have significant dance training in various genres. The Advanced level classes will be taught at a faster, more challenging pace than the Intermediate level, all while inspiring dancers to respect and learn from each other as well as our faculty in the convention setting. Space is limited as we aim to ensure all dancers are comfortable and able to dance FULL OUT!
TEACHERS (Ages 18+)
Teachers are welcome to participate in and/or observe any workshops classes, and will also have one “Teacher’s Only” available. Teachers who bring more than 10 students to our convention will receive complimentary teacher tuition as follows:
• 10-19 Students Registered = 1 x Complimentary Teacher Tuition
• 20-29 Students Registered = 2 x Complimentary Teacher Tuitions
• 30-39 Students Registered = 3 x Complimentary Teacher Tuitions
• 40-49 Students Registered = 4 x Complimentary Teacher Tuitions
• 50-59 Students Registered = 5 x Complimentary Teacher Tuitions
• 60+ Students Registered = 6 x Complimentary Teacher Tuitions
*Junior, Intermediate, and Advanced age levels are recommendations. The minimium age to participate in the Junior level is 8. Teachers are encouraged to place their dancers according to their training and ability to ensure the best possible experience. Mini classes are open to dancers aged 7-9 only.
"I just want to say thank you to Jenn and The Dance Project for organizing great workshops every year. The whole TDP team from their staff, teachers and assistants are all very professional, motivating and energetic. My students and I look forward to the positive and inspiring T-shirts at every workshop that brings all the dancers together as one instead of all different individual studios.”
Kristi Breen, Artistic Director/Co-Owner
“I’ve been attending The Dance Project for a few years now. It is a convention like no other. The atmosphere is full of positive energy and good vibes. The Dance Project is a stress free environment which encourages growth and positive energy between dancers. The faculty and staff are super supportive and are always encouraging and challenging dancers in order to empower growth. I never leave The Dance Project without learning something new and meeting new friends. ”
“From the moment you walk in all the way to when the day is done, you are constantly surrounded by lots of love, positive energy and support from the crew, assistants, faculty members and fellow students and parents. Jennifer creates an experience where you feel absolutely right at home sharing the space with your closest friends and family! The Dance Project holds a special place in my heart and I hope to see you there again soon!”
Alvin Collantes, Faculty Member
FRequently Asked Questions
I have a scholarship for an upcoming event, how do I register?
Congratulations in your scholarship! To register, simply go through the regular registration process, and when you reach the page asking for a “Coupon Code”, please enter the unique code found at the bottom of your scholarship. Please note, scholarships are not transferable and cannot be used past the deadline.
Is food included?
Unfortunately no. Please pack a healthy NUT FREE lunch and snacks, and plenty of water. Alternatively, the venues may have food and beverage options for purchase. Please see the information package you will have received with your email confirmation to confirm availability.
Do you allow observers?
Parents wishing to watch the classes may purchase an observer band in advance or at the door. Please note that observers are asked to treat our workshops as they would any dance class and refrain from loud conversations, photography, and videotaping. The Dance Project reserved the right to remove any individual who may be disruptive to the classes.
Do you sell merchandise?
Yes! We will have some unique items to purchase. Cash is always the best option, but we also accept Credit Cards. Please note: we are not able to accept Debit Cards at this time.
What is your cancellation policy?
As with any ticketed event, we do not allow refunds. Should you not be able to attend an event after you have registered, we would be happy to transfer your registration to another participant at no extra cost (this must be arranged by you, and at least 24 hours notice given prior to the applicable event). Inability to participate due to illness or injury may result in a credit for next season, provided that a doctor’s note and 24 hours notice has been given. Please contact our office for further assistance.
I am registered in a level, but I’m not sure this is where I belong?
Please see above for a description of the various levels. If at the event you feel that you would like to change levels, please visit our registration table to exchange your wristband. Please note that changing from Junior to Intermediate level will result in an upgrade charge.