Team Canada Dance offers elite dancers of Canada an opportunity to represent their country on the world stage. Our organization gives dancers the opportunity to travel, meet other dancers worldwide and to compete as a unified team with other dancers from across Canada. Team Canada Dance also gives Canadian dancers the opportunity to learn from master teachers and choreographers both within Canada and worldwide. We encourage our Team Canada dancers and their supporters to foster good sportsmanship, and to promote Canadian values while exhibiting our remarkable dance training. We only work with the 'best of the best' choreographers who choose the best dancers to represent Canada.
As the Team Canada National Director and IDO member for Canada, I attribute Canada’s top world results to the outstanding teachers and choreographers throughout our great nation. The high standards exemplified by the studio directors, teachers and choreographers who have trained these dancers, has enabled Canada to be known as one of the best training countries IN THE WORLD for dance. Also, the dedication of our Team Canada choreographers, dancers, supportive parents and their studios has made Team Canada the success it is today.
” A true champion is someone who is gracious if they win, and even more gracious if they do not. In years to come, medals & trophies will be misplaced, but the memories of your journey and training to dance on the world stage, meeting new friends, striving to do your best and being proud to represent your country- these are the memories you will carry with you forever”.
Bonnie Dyer National Director
Team Canada Dance has been attending the official World Dance Championships since the 1990's when we first attended the World Tap Championships in Dresden, Germany. Our first team consisted of 12 outstanding dancers from across Canada including: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. The Canadian National Tap Team (choreographer Matthew Clark) placed in the TOP 5 in the world! That experience was inspiring for our dancers and our team and since then, we have returned to win over countless WORLD TITLES in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Showdance and now in Streetdance Show!
Our Canadian team is respected for both our talent and sportsmanship and is admired worldwide as one of the "teams to beat!". We're not just any dance group, we are a team through and through.
- 7 consecutive years winning the World Tap Championships
- Outstanding Team of The Year for Sportsmanship and Results
- overall Medal Winner at the Ballet, Jazz and Modern Championships
CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
- Matthew Clark for Outstanding Choreography in tap dance
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
- Bonnie Dyer (the appointed IDO representative for Canada and Team Director) for Fostering Good Sportsmanship Worldwide
The World Championships is like the Olympics of Dance! The International Dance Organization (IDO) is a World Dance and Dancesport Federation with a membership of OVER 90 NATIONS, representing more than 250,000 DANCERS from 6 CONTINENTS! This prestigious World Championship offers an exciting platform for dancers from across the globe to compete against the best in their genre. Similar to the Olympics, the winners are awarded on top of a podium with the top 3 flags raised as the winners nation anthem is played. It is truly a proud moment for all of the dancers and a wonderful way to recognize such dedicated talent.
Team Canada Dance TM is a national dance organization that takes elite Canadian dancers to compete against the best of the best on the world stage.
We are the only accredited Canadian dance organization that qualifies to attend the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Dance Championships.
We not only assemble the best Canadian dancers, but we allow those dancers to train and receive choreography from the best our industry has to offer.
Not everyone will make our team as our standards are higher then most. We do push our dancers to be the best they can be while still maintaining a fun and nurturing environment.
Our choreographers are well respected and very much active in their fields. As such, their schedules are very busy but we try our best to accommodate everyone while still respecting prior studio and personal commitments. A professional dancers/choreographers schedule may fluctuate slightly but we try to maintain a steady schedule that does not interfere with outside activities.
Not everyone will come home with a medal but the friendships last a lifetime!
The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS we regularly attend are considered the "Olympics of Dance". Each nation can only bring 3 of their top athletes for a week of intensive competition in one genre. The competition is fierce, unlike any other!
The World Championships is affiliated with the International Dance Organization .
The International Dance Organization (IDO), is a World Dance- and Dancesport Federation with a membership of OVER 90 NATIONS, representing more than 250,000 DANCERS, from SIX CONTINENTS.
The IDO is an world accredited organization that you may learn more about at
WORLD DANCE CUP competitions are run more like our Canadian competitions, where you dance once and are awarded placement. You generally may enter any genre you wish and countries may bring as many dancers as they wish. You may have heard of other dancers attending Cups.
We too attend a biannual Cup event, which is a bit different than others - the Commonwealth Cup Dance Championships (CCDC), which is affiliated with the IDO. The CCDC will be bringing together many of the same dancers to this competition, but they will be allowed to bring more dancers that can dance in more categories. These dancers are from Commonwealth countries only. The event began in Sun City, South Africa in 2017 and we are returning once again this year. In 2021, we are hoping the next Commonwealth country to host the event will be Australia!
The CCDC, like other IDO competitions, still awards dancers on the podiums. Overall dancers will compete in the final DANCE-OFF at the GALA on the final day of competition. There are awards for everyone, including ribbons, medals and/or trophies, and cash awards for top 3's. Dancers may enter in any genre they wish and may dance as often as they want. Entry fees are separate.
Workshops are available from renown dance educators from around the Commonwealth.
We understand concerns about COVID-19 Coronavirus are top of mind, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the World Championships and the World Dance Challenge.
Many of the IDO Championships are going ahead as usual, and Bonnie Dyer, our Director, will be attending the International Dance Organization AGM in April and will report back the full details as outlined by IDO concerning the implications of the virus on our events. Meanwhile, we want to assure you of the following:
Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick. We generally have several parent nurses, and in some cases physicians, on and travelling with our team which will be well educated on the matter. Please note that infection prevention and control is for everyday, not just during outbreaks!
The championships we are attending are still many months away are we are optimistic that things will settle down before then. We will follow the recommendations and are confident that IDO will follow any WHO guidelines and recommendations.
Team Canada Dance has never had to cancel attending any championships, including during the SARS outbreak. The new coronavirus appears to be less deadly than SARS, however. The mortality rate for SARS was 9.6%, whereas COVID-19 seems to kill between 1% and 2% of those infected. "In essence, it's a version of SARS that spreads more easily but causes less damage," said Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading in the UK.
We will monitor the situation and report any updates.