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Suddenly Dance Theatre 

Fountain of Youth Program

Suddenly Dance Theatre's Fountain of Youth Program aims to support dance artists under the age of 26 to build new and diverse choreographic voices.


Our application is simple and not lengthy, though all applicants must provide a video link of their work as a choreographer or dance creator. Applicants must be self-disciplined, passionate about the art of choreography, and define themselves as an emerging dance artist.

The 2024 Fountain of Youth recipient will receive the following to support their independent creative work:


- A monthly stipend of $300 for 4 months;


- 60 hours of rehearsal space courtesy of Dance Victoria;


- Mentorship provided by Educator/Choreographer Kathy Lang of Victoria's Seda Dance


- Outside-eye and administrative support by Artistic co-Director David Ferguson.

- An opportunity to present the resulting work in front of a LIVE audience with a paid Performance Fee (TBD depending on the nature of the event and the number of participants).


- There is no application fee to apply.

- The deadline is February 1st 2024 at midnight.


- This program aims to support contemporary dance expression.

- This Program is open to all dance artists under the age of 26 (at the time of application) who live in the Capital Regional District (CRD) including the Southern Gulf Islands. We encourage applications from emerging dance artists who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and/or LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirit, gender-nonconforming, plus) and/or who experience disability.

- The recipient(s) will be posted on our website and on social media before March 1, 2024. Applicants will not be individually notified the results.

- The in-studio residency is intended to take place between March 1, 2024 to July 31, 2024. Rehearsal hours must be booked via Dance Victoria.

- The recipient and their collaborators must adhere to Dance Victoria Studios health protocols and codes of conduct.

- All applicants will be added to our database with an option to unsubscribe at any time.

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Thank you for your application! The Fountain of Youth recipient will be announced via our website and social media before March1, 2024.

Since 2020 our Fountain of Youth Program has been recharged with the support of the CRD Arts Development, the Victoria Foundation; special donor Mauricio A. Garcia Barrera; and program donors Maleea Acker, Samuel Binette, Marion Ehrenberg, Ken Flett, Jodie Gawryluk, Janine Hannis, Valerie Lannon, Bonnie Leadbeater, Dr. Stephen Lindsay, Shea Lowry, Drew Mildon, Robert Milne, Theone Paterson, Michael Shamata, Jeany Shipley, Carolina Stratievsky, Jennifer Wise. In 2023/2024 further support from Maleea Acker, Eric Grace, Janine Hannis, Drew Mildon and Jennifer Wise has allowed us to continue.

Our current 2024 program has been generously supported by


through the Victoria Foundation.

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Help us provide opportunities for dancers and choreographers to improve in their craft.
With your help, our aim is to increase the number of recipients of the Fountain of Youth Program.

Suddenly Dance Theatre is a charitable non-profit society based in Victoria, BC Canada.
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