July 2019 Newsletter

Volume 9 | July 2019

Where: Terry Fox Theatre in Coquitlam, BC. Check out the CDTA Website for all the information and scheduling.

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.com


Our website is now migrated to a new domain: cdtabc.CA
Any visitors landing at our old address (cdtabc.com) will be automatically redirected to the new site. For feedback/ requests, please contact webmaster@cdtabc.ca
Picture and Bio features now available in Members Directory. To have your portrait and/or bio added to your profile in the Members Directory, please email them to webmaster@cdtabc.ca
To update other profile details or add a new profile, please submit an online Listing Request: https://cdtabc.ca/consent-to-share-member-contact/

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


July 11-14 – National Convention and Competition in Regina, SK

Where: Terry Fox Theatre in Coquitlam, BC.
Be on the lookout for registration information and invitations to perform!

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.


Congratulations to the following:
CDTABC teacher Adam Hanna and his students Dianne Moniz and Raymond Rusk. Examiner: Jinmin Shen.
June 22 2019, Victoria, BC. 4 Bronze Medal Tests, American style – Rhythm.

CDTABC teacher Elizabeth Smailes and her students Linda Dammeyer and John Dammeyer. Examiner: Mr. Reg Rossin.
June 1 2019, Victoria, BC . 2 Silver Medal Tests, International style – Standard.

CDTABC teacher John De Pfyffer and his students Marilyn Thompson and Doug Thompson. Examiner: Mr. Reg Rossin.
November 18, 2018, Victoria, BC. 2 Silver Medal Tests, International style – Standard.

2019 Exam Dates – Ballroom and Specialty Dances Division

The following dates have been adopted as “SET” dates for CDTA Medal Tests and Professional Examinations.

Medal Test Dates
Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island
November 17th / November 3rd

Professional Exam Dates
Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island
December 1st / October 20th

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.

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.
( * see Examination Fees regular and special.)

All applications for examinations should be sent to:
Bobbi Lusic, Examination Secretary, 15085 91 Avenue, Surrey BC V3R1B6
778-773-9904, ballroomexamsecretary@cdtabc.com

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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.

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Come Dance with us! July 11 – 14th, 2019

Competitions, classes and events for students and teachers.


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Hotel information for you to distribute to your Branches.

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