With our steadfast belief in the power of the arts to help everyone live to fullest capacity, it is indescribably gratifying to see the successes of our students, both present and past. Our students’ accomplishments are many and varied, in fields of endeavour from classical ballet to neuroscience, and Broadway to publishing.
Caulfield School of Dance students have been given entrance, often with scholarship, to some of the world’s leading institutions including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Arts Umbrella Dance Company, the Vancouver Ballet Society Spring Seminar, San Francisco Ballet School, the National Ballet School of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School: California and New York City programs, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, L’Ecole Superieure de Danse, Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Ballet B.C. Mentor Program, the Kirov Ballet Academy Washington D.C., etc..
Caulfield School of Dance students have received many prestigious scholarships from local, regional, and international competitions, and from training institutions such as the Vancouver Ballet Society , including the Kolosov-Fonteyn VBS Junior scholarship award (Margot Fonteyn Trophy), the highest award for the Intermediate class, the Jean Lewis Celebration Scholarship; the Zabdita Fraser Scholarship for outstanding musicality, the Nicole Roy Leonard Scholarship, the Earl Kruhl Scholarship, the Top Male Scholarship, and the Top Student Scholarship), San Francisco Ballet School, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Toronto, the Royal Academy of Dance, Boston Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Banff Centre for the Arts, the Kirov Ballet Academy Washington D.C., Colorado Ballet School Summer and Full Year programs, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the International Summer School (Italy), Summer Tuition Scholarship to Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (USA), and others.
The Caulfield School of Dance Scholarship Fund supports the training of deserving Caulfield School of Dance students. Please contact us to donate or for more information.
Each year our students receive numerous awards and scholarships at local performing arts festivals in dance and speech arts competition. Congratulations to our students on their most recent competition results.
Caulfield School of Dance students have been selected as delegates to represent our region at “Provincials” in all Performing Arts B.C. Dance division categories: Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Stage Dance, and Contemporary and Modern Dance; and both Voice division categories: Musical Theatre and Classical, and have earned provincial titles in all Dance division categories, and both Voice division categories.
Caulfield School of Dance students have received top recognition at PEAK Invitational dance competition Provincials, and the Synergy dance experience Provincials.
The Caulfield School of Dance Classical Half Day Training Program had a small ensemble (choreography Crystal Wills), a large ensemble (choreography Cori Caulfield) and soloist Kaia Neal (prepared by Cori Caulfield) invited to the 2018 Youth American Grand Prix Finals from the Las Vegas Semi-Final; from the 2019 Y.A.G.P. Seattle Semi-Final, one ensemble (choreography Amber Funk Barton) and one soloist, Kaia Neal, (prepared by Cori Caulfield) received invitations to Finals; Kaia placed 3rd for Contemporary and in the top 12 with her Classical variation. Sabina Nelson, age 12, was invited to the World Ballet Art Competition Finals in Niagara Falls from the 2018 Semi-Finals in Vancouver. At the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix Seattle Semi-Final, Carter Hayes, age 13, placed 3rd in the Junior (age 13 and 14) Men’s Contemporary competition; and Hailey Rekunyk, age 16, earned a Senior Classical (Men and Women, ages 15 to 19) Top 12 placement award for her variation in a field of 83 solos. At age 17, Alex Wong, became the first Canadian to ever win the Prix de Lausanne. Alex did his jazz, hip hop, tap, modern and contemporary training at Caulfield School of Dance. Cori Caulfield coached Alex for his Contemporary Set Solo for the Prix competition. Alex was also a Top 9 dancer in the 7th season of So You Think You Can Dance U.S. but could not continue due to injury. He is fully recovered now, and often performing as an All-Star on So You Think You Can Dance. After dancing in the preliminary and final rounds, Caulfield School of Dance student Sophia Reid-Gantzert, at age 6, finished first in the ballet soloist under age seven group in the Vienna International Ballet Experience competition held in Vienna, Austria from March 21-24, 2016. The jury further honoured Sophia by inviting her to perform as the opening solo in the event’s Gala evening featuring artist of the Vienna State Opera Ballet with the Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Rasta Thomas, and select competitors, held in Vienna’s historic Volkstheatre. The fist time Caulfield School of Dancer students auditioned for the National Tap Dance Team, all four were accepted and 15 year-old Rebekah Gill was given exception and advanced to the Adult team. At the 2015 World Tap Dance Championships Kirsten Volberg’s Junior team were awarded Bronze over all the Junior Large Groups. Rebekah Gill, Jaelan Mills, and Tiana Pazdirek’s Adult Team went up through quarter and semi-finals and just missed moving on to the final round (6 groups); they were awarded 7th overall. And Tiana, the only Adult Soloist selected by Team Canada director Lisa Drew, was awarded 12th of all Adult Tap soloists. At age 11, Hailley Caulfield won the highest marks award over all solo, duo, and trio competitors under 14 years over all disciplines with her jazz solo at the L.A. Dance Force finals in California. Hailley is now a professional performer and instructor at Caulfield School of Dance. While in her graduating year from Caulfield school of Dance, Heather Dotto placed third in the National Dance Championships held in Los Angeles, California and then went on to receive numerous excellence awards at the Hawaii Dance Experience in Maui, Hawaii. Heather is now a professional performer, choreographer, and instructor.
Many Caulfield School of Dance students have gone on to dance, act, and sing professionally: on Broadway (Alex Wong in the Tony Award winning production of “Newsies”), in dance companies including the San Francisco Ballet Company, Josh Beamish’s MOVE: the company, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Jorgen Canada, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Theatre UK; in commercials and television productions including So You Think You Can Dance, music videos, feature films (including Alex Wong in “The Greatest Showman”), for the world’s top cruise line, Cirque du Soleil, and with Ottawa choreographer Anik Bouvret, Vancouver choreographers Holly Bright (Crimson Coast Dance), Joe Laughlin (Joe Inc.), and others; for the BC Lions Cheerleaders, as well as with Cori Caulfield’s professional dance and theatre company, Coriograph Theatre. Many also have teaching careers.
We are equally proud of our students who are now pursuing careers with joy and confidence in television production, international modelling, education, computer engineering and management, neural science, medicine, criminology, mathematics, technical theatre, and dance anthropology.