The Isadora Awards
Initiated by The Dance Centre in 1999, the Awards recognize professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in BC, and provide the professional community with an opportunity to celebrate its own achievements.
2010: Paras Terezakis (choreography), David Raymond (performance)
2009: Rosario Ancer (choreography), Natalie LeFebvre-Gnam (performance), Barbara Bourget (teaching)
2008: Lola MacLaughlin (choreography), Noam Gagnon (performance)
2007: Wen Wei Wang (choreography), Alison Denham (performance), Judith Garay (teaching)
2006: Joe Laughlin (choreography), Ron Stewart (performance), Jai Govinda (teaching)
2005: Crystal Pite (choreography)
2004: Chick Snipper (choreography), Anne Cooper (performance), Peter Bingham (teaching)
2003: Kathleen McDonagh (performance)
1999: Susan Elliott (performance)
The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award
Launched in 2004, the Award is valued at $5,000 and is to be presented every two years to a senior dance student or emerging dance artist between 19 and 30 years of age who demonstrates exceptional choreographic ability and the potential to realize a future in the creative realm of dance.
2011: Shannon Moreno
2009: Sara Coffin
2007: Chengxin Wei
2005: Amber Funk Barton
The Santa Aloi Award
Launched in 2010, The Santa Aloi Award is valued at up to $4,500 and is awarded to one choreographer annually to hire dancers to rehearse and perform new work. All types of professional dance projects are eligible but special consideration is given to contemporary dance, ballet, tap and cultural forms.
2012: Danny Nielsen
2011: Jennifer Clarke
2010: Sara Coffin
The Lola Award
Lola Dance and The Dance Centre announced this new biennial award designed to encourage and facilitate the work of senior/mid-career choreographers last fall. The Award is in memory of the much-loved choreographer and Artistic Director who passed away in 2009: it is supported by the new Lola MacLaughlin Endowment Fund with the Vancouver Foundation and administered by The Dance Centre.
2012: Crystal Pite