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Feb 3, 2024

Dance Odyssey

Performance starts 7:30pm


For one show only, studios from north, south, east and west Vancouver Island bring youth together on stage at Nanaimo's Port Theatre. This non-competitive mutual love of dance features diverse styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and more! Dancestreams/VIYDTA sponsors the event and will premiere a new work for youth dancers by an Emmy-award winning choreographer.

For 2024 the event includes:

Emmy award-winning choreographer Heather Laura Gray's latest commission

performed by Enhanced Bursary Program recipients:

  • Riorden Bauman
  • Julia Chambers
  • Neve Fioravanti
  • Alexandra Gross
  • Liam Hurley
  • Arianna Johnson
  • Vylett Klint
  • Finn Regush
  • Sophia Rodall
  • Riley Rowe

    Congratulations for being nominated by your dance teachers at: Tempo Dance Academy (Nanaimo), Qualicum Beach School of Dance, Pantuso Dance (Courtenay), MacKenzie School of Dance (Port Alberni), Gabriola Dance & Pilates, Elite Dance Academy (Port Alberni), Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts (Nanaimo), Carlson's School of Dance (Duncan), and Stages Performing Arts School (Victoria).


    Youth dance at its finest performed by:

  • Barre None Dance Studio
  • Carlson's School of Dance
  • Elite Dance Academy
  • Harbour Dance Studios
  • Innovate Dance Arts
  • Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts
  • LT Dance Studio
  • Pantuso Dance
  • Qualicum Beach School of Dance
  • Rhythm Dance Academy
  • Steps Ahead Dance
  • Tempo Dance Academy
  • VIBE
  • Victoria Academy of Ballet


    Contemporary Master Classes

    with Sarah Hutton

    • Sat Feb 3, 2024
    • Harbour Dance Studios [map]
    • Senior, 15-19yrs: 11am-12:30pm **sold out**
    • Intermediate, 12-16yrs: 12:45-2:15pm **sold out**
    • Junior, 10-14yrs: 2:30-4pm

    All classes $20 via paypal

    For those performing in the evening showcase, please register by Dec 22 to ensure no conflict between group stage rehearsal and masterclass. masterclass registration form

    Sarah Hutton; photo Bryony McCaughey

    Sarah Hutton was raised in Hanna, Alberta. She moved to so-called "Vancouver" in 2013 and has since trained with the Source Dance Company, EDAM, Modus Operandi and completed Peggy Baker's Emerging Artists Program. She has had the pleasure to collaborate with; Shay Kuebler, Paras Terezakis, Rachel Helton, Connie Cooke, Khoudia Toure, Anya & Sophia Saugstad, Jennifer Mascall, Isak Enquist, Kate Franklin, and David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen. Touring with Radical System Art has brought her to perform in France, Austria, and across Canada. Sarah is also Co-Director of the emerging contemporary dance company, generous mess. (Instagram: @generous_mess) generous mess's work has been presented at Dancing On The Edge Festival, the EDAM Choreographic Series, and Left of Push. Sarah is privileged to live and dance as a guest on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples - Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

    Class Description: "We'll use music to fuel and challenge stamina and accuracy in timing. We'll discover how each song can give an attitude, a feeling or a flow to each exercise and how quickly we can integrate that even when approaching new material. We will slow down and use repetition to work through the "sticky spots", while other pathways we will use speed and momentum to find the flow. I've been curious about the different ways we can bear weight on the edges of our feet, transfers of weight that are rooted in tap, house dance, breakdance, and ballet, the various pathways of the shins, falling through diagonals/tipping points, etc! Experimentation will be used a tool to deepen understanding of the form and also to facilitate performance of each movement. The class structure consists of centre and across the floor sequences to warm up and try out pathways and a phrase to end the class."

    Sarah has had the honour to share her teaching practice with students at Training Society of Vancouver, Harbour Dance Centre, Pulse Dance Centre, Modus Operandi Link Program, Echoing Frog, Dance Collective, Lamondance, Coastal City Ballet and many more.

    Parking is available in the parking garage located across the street or the side streets. Please do not park in their back parking lot.

    Entrance is through the front doors at 139 Bastion St. Take the stairs up to the large studio.


    Questions? Please email us.