Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts
February 17-20, 2023
THE DANCE FESTIVAL
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February 17–20, 2023:
Friday February 17th: 7:30PM-9:30PM
Dancers hear a selection of music chosen by the adjudicator only once and then dance to the music on the second playing.
Solo, Duo and Group Performances:
Saturday February 18th: 8:00AM-NOON • 1:00-5:00 PM • 6:00-9:30 PM
Sunday February 19th: 8:00AM-NOON • 1:00-5:30PM
Highlights Gala and Awards: Monday Feb 20th 1:00 PM
The Adjudicator’s select performances through-out our festival to be showcased at the Highlights Gala. After the Gala, Performers gather for the Awards Ceremony. Artistic Performance Awards and Scholarships are awarded and Provincial Delegates are announced. These delegates move on to a Provincial Level Competition in Penticton!
DANCERS – no charge to view any session.
TEACHERS – no charge to view any session.
VOLUNTEERS – no charge during volunteer session. Regular fees apply to other sessions.
CHILDREN UNDER 5 – no charge ever!
STUDENTS ages 6–19 & SENIORS 65+ – Full Festival Pass 25$ • All Day Pass 8$ • Highlights Gala 8$
REGULAR ADMISSION –
- 5$: Friday Night Pass
- 10$: Saturday & Sunday All Day Pass
- 10$: Highlights Gala and Awards Ceremony
Full Festival Pass – All Days/All Sessions/Highlights Gala/Program – $30 per person
Highlights Gala & Awards Ceremony – 1:00 PM Monday Feb 20 – 10$ per person
This Year’s Adjudicators
2023 Dance Adjudicators
Jazz: Taylor-Marie Dolan
Her professional career started at the age of twelve dancing for Disney & on-screen Nickelodeon. Later, when Taylor resided in London UK, she trained performers for West End productions such as; The Lion King, Annie & Miss Saigon and was a resident teacher at The Dance Attic in Fulham Broadway. Her other European credits include the MMVA’s in the Netherlands and teacher/adjudicator in Firenze Italy, and other production tours across the UK.
Among her dancing, Taylor is an improvisation artist who performs for on-screen films for international film festivals and live theater. She has danced in music videos for popular recording artists over the past decade. Taylor has had the opportunity of working with the Vancouver dance company The Response and has experience as an Artistic Studio Director. Her choreography has won numerous awards and her customized classroom environment has displayed healthy success for various young dance artists.
Taylor currently works internationally as a teacher/choreographer & adjudicator. She has been the BC Provincial Adjudicator and works habitually with the BCPAF and other private competitions. Taylor founded The TDDance Initiative in 2015 to help make dance accessible for all bodies and focuses on fundraising in support of local communities. Working in the art and education of dance is her passion and leading future generations to explore their relationship with dance brings her great gratitude.
Ballet: Carrie Robbins
Ms. Robins has been a member of the Alberta dance community for many years. As a dancer she competed extensively as well as performed in several musicals such as Grease and The Buddy Holly Story. She was also a performer in AXIIS- a modern dance company. Ms. Robins’ love of dance then led her into a career of teaching and choreography. She completed all her requirements to become a fully registered and certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance as well as with ADAPT. She has also studied SugarFoot and Perfect Form Physiotherapy Dance Teacher Training. Ms. Robins’ has been teaching all forms of dance for over 20 years with great positivity and passion for this art form. She seeks to develop dancers mind, body, and spirit. She is presently Dance Director of The Academy Dance Program in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Past students of Ms. Robins have been accepted into The National Ballet School, The Alberta Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Young Americans, Arts Umbrella, Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester, and The Rockettes Summer Intensive.
Ms. Robins adjudicates extensively and is always excited to have the opportunity to work with young dancers!
Taylor Dolan is a Vancouver based versatile dance artist and educator who began at Spiral Dance Co. and further advanced her training with the ballet-contemporary company Lamon Dance (under the direction of Monica Proenca, Lara Barclay and Davi Rodrigues) and later The London Contemporary School of Dance.
Performing Arts promotes creativity, self-discovery and expression. It is an essential part of our community. If you would like to be part of fostering the Arts in Quesnel, contact us!
Photo credits: Clarke Action Photography and Bob Michek at South Hill Graphics.
The Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts is a partner-in-perpetuity with the Rotary Club of Quesnel.