Recognizing the achievements of BC dance artists.

The Isadora Award

Celebrating Excellence in BC’s Dance Community

Initiated by The Dance Centre in 1999, the Award recognizes professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in BC through excellence in performance and/or choreography, and provides the professional community with an opportunity to celebrate its own achievements.

The Isadora Award is aimed at recognizing an established, professional choreographer or dancer who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of dance in BC. The award is open to choreographers and dancers of all dance disciplines. The recipient will receive a specially-designed award created by renowned glass sculptor Mary Filer, rehearsal space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to a value of $1000, and $500 cash.

This will be the final year of the Award in recognition of career achievement: a newly-designed Isadora Award will be launched in 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

Each nominee must:
  • be a resident of BC and a Dance Centre member to accept the award
  • be an established professional dance artist (as defined by British Columbia Arts Council or Canada Council)
Dancers must:
  • have appeared in the work of more than one choreographer
  • continue to have an active career in performing
Choreographers must:
  • be recognized as author and primary creator of the work(s)
  • produce work in accordance to accepted professional standards
  • continue to have an active career as a choreographer


The nomination process is open to artists working in all dance styles and cultural forms. Artists may be nominated by other individuals or may submit their own nomination. Nominations are currently being accepted online. Family members of eligible artists, and staff of The Dance Centre, are excluded from submitting nominations.

The deadline for nominations has now passed.

The Artistic Committee will appoint a jury consisting of five prominent members of the arts community, including dance specialists, who will decide on the award recipients based on the criteria and the values guiding the process.

For further information please contact the Artistic Committee

c/o The Dance Centre