April 2019 Newsletter

Volume 7 | April 2019

Wanted: Responsible and well-organized individual with good written communication skills who will take minutes at executive, examiner, and general meetings of the society and periodically correspond with the membership via email notices. Interested parties can begin by shadowing the current recording secretary and will receive training before transitioning into the role fully if required.
Please contact president@cdtabc.ca for more information or to apply.


CDTA 70TH Anniversary Seals
Anniversary seals are now available for purchase for all members.

Cost: $10.00 for 50 seals.

To place an order contact: president@cdtabc.ca

Now that memberships are renewed, and dance floors are warmed up, it’s time to show your name in our Members Directory.
Tell our web visitors about yourself. How can you be contacted? Display your portrait or suitable image to represent your calling. If you’re already listed, take a moment to ensure your information is current. Tell your colleagues about the directory and get them listed as well!
The Shepherd Group is pleased to be the official insurance partner for RAD Canada and CDTA Canada.
 We designed the original Dance Studio insurance program over 10 years ago and have continued to build upon that success with more offerings.
TSG Dance Studio Insurance program covers any liabilities a studio owner is exposed to including covering their employees, cyber insurance, abuse allegations, thefts, damage, slip and falls and much more.
TSG Teacher Liability Program is offered to teachers that are contracted and work at multiple locations.
TSG Dance Health and Dental plan covers your prescriptions drugs, dental visits, vision expenses and even travel insurance. This program is available to both studios and to individual teachers.
TSG Dance Disability plan covers you for both short term and long term disabilities, from a couple of days to permanent income replacement.
These programs are also available for anyone in the Dance community as well as to your family, staff and colleagues.
The Shepherd Group is your trusted partner who will help you navigate insurance tailored to your personal and business needs, while you focus on your passion.
Contact us today at:
DANCE@theshepherdgroup.ca or 416-249-1700 x.237 or 1-866-565-6955 x.237 to get more information on how these programs could benefit you.
Jorge Ramos CFP, CLU, CHS, TEP
Vice President, Shepherd Life + Health
416.249.1700 x 229 / 647.628.9133
Office: 1.866.565.6955 / Fax: 416.249.2001
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CDTA BC Branch
Maria Lewis Memorial Bursary
Maria Lewis beloved Vancouver born dancer/teacher, Maria had a notable career with the National Ballet of Canada, the Montreal Ballet, and on various television shows. On her return to Vancouver she established the Maria Lewis Ballet Ensemble in 1969. She took over Ballet Horizons and established a new company named Pacific Ballet Theatre. The company grew to semi professional regional status. Her Pacific Ballet Theatre became known as Ballet British Columbia in 1985. The CDTA B.C, BRANCH is so very fortunate to have a legacy from Ms. Lewis and thus the start of an annual bursary to be awarded to a Senior Ballet Student.
The Bursary is in the amount of $500.00 and will be awarded to a Senior Ballet Students annually. To qualify student must have taken the grade four CDTA ballet examinations (or equivalent) receiving the mark of highly commended or honours. Student must be taking a minimum of two ballet lessons a week. Information regarding extra study is most welcome. Maximum age requirement is 18. Bursary to be awarded at the CDTA B.C. Branch 70th anniversary celebration.
Submission must be in by September 2019.
To be considered for this bursary please submit the following shown below:
Phone Number: Home cell
Dance History: Submit on separate sheet of paper with above information.
Two letters of recommendation: One letter must be from a CDTA, B.C. Branch member.
Please submit to: Alison Cowan, 4523 Montrose St. Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y1M8

January 1st 2019 – Day 1 of invitation to lapsed members to return to CDTA.
Join us in the celebrations!
Jan 7th – A Ballroom workshop announcement with Glen Brennan, Australia
Jan 26 – Launch of the Argentine Tango Pin Program from the Ballroom Division
Feb 1st – Official announcement of the availability of Ballet Scholarships for students of those in the Ballet Division through the generous legacy left by Maria Lewis – watch for details.
Feb/Mar TBA – Technical workshop and Pin Program in Victoria and possibly Vancouver
Feb 28 – Annual CDTA Scholarship Application deadline
Mar 1 – Deadline for electronic videos files to be submitted for the BC Branch Qualifier Competition to the National event – watch for details.
Mar 31 – Final day of reinstatement invitation for members who have let their membership lapse! And announcement of the finalists to the live portion of the BC Qualifier Competition!
May 3-4 – Live portion of the BC Qualifier Competition for the National event in SK
July 11-14 – National Convention and Competition in Regina, SK
Sep 1 – Will be the launch of updates to the Ballet, Jazz, and Tap Student Syllabus, so expect workshops over the summer.
Oct 6 – AGM with Reception to follow including performances by the Qualifier Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions. The AGM will include certificate presentations to those receiving Teacher Qualification Upgrades due to the changes to the Student Exam format in Stage and Ballet and to our new Life Members. Another update to the Bylaws will be proposed during the AGM, including changes to the membership levels from National. Also, possible changes to the AGM format and Executive Board. Please note this is an election year. Become involved in your Association.
Nov 3 – Annual Master Classes at Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby BC
TBA – We will also be introducing the sale of commemorative CDTA clothing and items.

2019 Exam Dates
Ballroom and Specialty Dances Division

The following dates have been adopted as "SET" dates for CDTA Medal Tests and Professional Examinations.
Candidates for Medal Tests and Pro Exams, please contact a CDTA-accredited teacher to book your tests/exams with the Exam Secretary.
Independent teachers can invite their students to participate and prepare for the Medal Tests.
Professional Examinations can be booked on the dates shown below.
Medal Test Dates
Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island
March 17th
April 28th
June 23rd
November 17th
November 3rd
Professional Exam Dates
Lower MainlandVancouver Island
May 26th
April 14th
December 1st
October 20th
Exams must be booked 6 weeks prior to these dates and fees must be paid 3 weeks prior to Examination Dates. Proposed dates may be changed without notice.
You may also set your own "Special Date" any time to suit your needs, for Medal Tests there must be a minimum of $300.00 and for a Special Professional Examination there is an additional $100.00 fee.
All applications for examinations should be sent to:
Bobbi Lusic,
Examination Secretary
15085 91 Avenue
Surrey BC V3R1B6
Competitions, classes and events for students and teachers.
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