March 2021 Newsletter

CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION British Columbia Branch Dear Members, Spring has officially arrived and with the vaccines rolling out everywhere in the country, we are full of hope for the future. Although we originally wanted to have our 2021 CDTA National summer courses in-person, we made the decision in January to teach them live over Zoom, July 17-20. We had sent a national survey out in January to see what kinds of courses our CDTA members (and non-members) would like to see, and when during the summer. From the results of that survey, we decided to offer more classes on different dates as well. Our summer syllabus intensives will run as follows: From July 17-20 (Saturday -Tuesday), we will be offering Grade 4 and Elementary Tap, Grade 4 and Elementary Jazz, Junior Modern, and Junior Acrobatic Dance, as well as our TDC classes in Music, Anatomy, Dance History and Pedagogy. Then, from August 5-8 (Thursday-Sunday), we will be offering Junior Ballet (divided over two days), Junior Jazz, and Junior Tap, as well as the TDC courses again. Registration for these courses will begin Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (tomorrow) from our CDTA National website. All info and registration will be available there. We are excited to to be offering these classes by zoom! Please share all this info with your teachers and dancers! Have a great day everyone!! BALLROOM DIVISION – MEDAL TEST PROGRAM “Congratulations” to Victoria teachers Wanda Kivitt and John DePfyffer for entering their students in the first session of Ballroom Zoom Medal Tests.Continue reading

Medal Tests: March 7 2021, Victoria – 2

Medal Tests were held on March 7 2021, Victoria, BC. 2 Silver Medal Tests, International style – Latin. Examiner: Patricia Nikleva. Congratulations to the candidates Marilyn Thompson and Doug Thompson and their CDTABC teacher John De Pfyffer.Continue reading

Sep 28/20 – Dance Instructor Wanted in Quesnel, BC

Gold Pan City Dance is looking to hire a full-time dance instructor. Successful candidates will have dance training in any or preferably all of the dance disciplines in ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Acro would be a bonus. Teacher training certification, education, and qualifications are highly desired. Teacher qualification in CDTA is also desired, but not required. Candidate should be willing to become certified in CDTA if candidate is not yet CDTA certified. Our new instructor should expect to teach dance classes from Monday through Friday during the afternoons and evenings. Some weekends are also booked for choreography and rehearsals as well as for recitals and competitions. The new instructor should be able to teach all ages, from preschool to adult, with class sizes from 5 – 15 students. Choreography is also expected for each class taught by the instructor for competitions and recitals. Please email your resume to goldpancitydance@gmail.comContinue reading

January 2020 Newsletter

CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION British Columbia Branch CDTA ANNUAL TEACHER INTENSIVE JULY 18-21, 2020 For more information visit our website at cdtabc.CA “NEW” CDTA WEBSITE Our website is now migrated to a new domain: cdtabc.CA Any visitors landing at our old address ( will be automatically redirected to the new site. For feedback/ requests, please contact 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 To update other profile details or add a new profile, please submit an online Listing Request: CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020 New CDTA Tap and Jazz syllabus in effect starting on September 1st, 2020. CDTA ANNUL TEACHER INTENSIVE: JULY 18-21, 2020 Ballroom Division exam dates are published Ballroom and Specialty Dances 2020 Medal Test dates are posted and we are ready to register students. Applications for examinations should be sent to: Bobbi Lusic, Examination Secretary 15085 91 Avenue Surrey BC V3R1B6 778-773-9904 Medal Tests are a rewarding experience for a dancer and also for the dance school as it provides structure and goals to the students’ dance education. A successful test serves to confirm a level of proficiency in dancing. The exam represents only one day whereas the knowledge acquired to achieve that goal lasts forever. Students get to enjoy many of the same benefits of competing, but without the stress of competition and public display. Medal tests help students to learn faster and danceContinue reading

2019 New or Upgraded Members

1 Molly Boyetchko Licentiate Member Stage (Jazz) 2 Shelby Edwards Licentiate Member Stage (Jazz) 3 Phoenix Smith Licentiate Member Ballet, Modern, 5Stage (Jazz) 4 Amanda Leonardis Pre-Associate Member Ballet, Modern, Stage (Jazz, Tap) 5 Tomiko Robson Licentiate Member Ballet, Modern 6 Keri-lyn McLeod Associate Member Ballet 7 Darha Phillpot Licentiate Member Ballet, Modern 8 Deanna Ehalt Associate Member Stage (Jazz, Tap) 9 Ally Curtis Pre-Associate Member Ballet, Modern, Stage (Jazz, Tap) 10 Alexander Keng Pre-Associate Member Stage (Tap) 11 Adam Hanna Licentiate Member Ballroom (Rhythm & Smooth) 12 Emma Fraser Associate Member Ballet 13 Kelsey Basso Licentiate Member Stage (Jazz) 14 Sarah Whomes Associate Member Stage (Jazz) 15 Paige Bowles Associate Member Stage (Jazz) 16 Olivia Grayce Licentiate Member Ballet 17 Jennifer Morris Associate Member Stage (Tap) 18 Marie Jones Honourary Member Awarded Honourary Membership for contributions and dedication to the CDTA BC Branch 19 Aldeana Bawtinheimer Life Member Awarded Life Membership 20 Susan Mitchell Life Member Awarded Life Membership 21 Carol Coulson Life Member Awarded Life Membership 22 Mary McIlwaine Life Member Awarded Life Membership 23 Rachel Allan Licentiate Member Upgraded to Licentiate in Stage (Jazz) 24 Susan Cho Licentiate Member Upgraded to Licentiate in Ballet, Stage (Jazz) 25 Shanlee Letendre Licentiate Member Added Ballet to her membership 26 Marlowe Windsor-Menard Licentiate Member Upgraded to Licentiate in Stage (Jazz) 27 Margaret Derksen Licentiate Member Upgraded to Licentiate in Stage (Tap) 28 Amanda Frankham Licentiate Member Upgraded to Licentiate in Stage (Jazz, Tap, Acro) 29 Jessie Herman Licentiate Member AddedContinue reading

November 2019 Newsletter

Volume 10 | August 2019 CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, British Columbia Branch Annual General Meeting 2019 Canadian Dance Teachers Association BC Branch 70th Anniversary CDTA BC Branch had a wonderful attendance of members at the 70th Anniversary Annual General Meeting in October! We would like to thank all the members for coming out and celebrating this milestone anniversary with us! It was lovely to see everyone! Thank you to the studio members who provided beautiful performances of their dancers on this day. Below are the links to the pieces that were performed. COACHING – Respect Everyone Equally – Set Expectations – Set Goals for Success – It’s About the Journey – Keep it Positive & Have Some Fun Integrate Volunteer Coaches In preparing for tests and examinations, students have a set length of time to practice, take classes and private lessons. A focused learning plan with specific and timed goals can significantly add to student success and achievement. We can help students identify the styles and levels of medal that will improve their dance skills. Our expertise and understanding can be a great influence in developing individuals and dance communities. Once a student is identified as a test candidate, completing the application is a show of commitment to start a development plan and lessons and practices. Enough lead time will add to the quality of the candidate experience. It gives the teacher more opportunity to help in a candidate’s preparations. Your division’s Examination Secretary is committed to facilitating theContinue reading

Scholarship Awards of 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 CDTA Scholarship Recipients! First place – Nadia Sertic Second place tied Caitlin McCormick Second place tied Emilie Bruce Third place Jane Dean Honourable Mentions Scholarship Recipients Elledae Armstrong Arianna Benetton Kaitlyn Dyer Emma RamosContinue reading