About Us

Founded in 2006, Artists Emerge is leading a new era of dance competition & convention with the purpose of providing a meaningful experience for every level of dancer through education, training, and healthy competition.

SINCE 2006, AE HAS HOSTED OVER 3300 DANCERS FROM ACROSS CANADA.

We are committed to providing the greatest dancer experience by promoting community, respect, positivity, and above all having fun.

 

The event was really organized. I was surprised how supportive everyone was of each other! LYLE BENIGA

2012 HEADLINER

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

EDUCATION & TRAINING

As Canada’s first Competition & Convention, we are proud to offer relevant, working professionals and educators as part of our esteemed panel of adjudicators. Our Headliners offer insight and give great feedback to our dancers and their choreographers to take their dancing to the next level. We have classes for every age division and discipline, including classes specifically designed for teachers and choreographers.
Prior to the Finals, we host a full day dance convention so the dancers get a chance to work with the faculty and incorporate what they learn into their performances.

LEARN IT, PERFORM IT

We hold a Learn It, Perform It Experience where 50 dancers from the audition portion of the convention get the chance to learn a 1.5 minute piece from one of our celebrity headliners. This will be the closing act in one of our Finals Events – Ages 13+

SEPARATE JUDGING FOR DISCIPLINES

We only hire the industry’s most reputable and qualified professionals to adjudicate our events Our judging panel is comprised of two multi-disciplined adjudicators and two international street dance adjudicators to provide meaningful, specialized, and relevant feedback to each dance discipline. We host a Multi-Disciplined Finals and a Street Dance Finals as we believe they are two extremely different categories of dance, and we want to respect all dance disciplines.

ALLSTAR CATEGORY

Our ALLSTARS category is a new concept and major hit in our competition that offers thousands in cash prizes to the winning group of each age division. Studios that are a part of this category receive marketing advantages as we promote the group and studio on our event promotions. Groups in the Allstar category automatically qualify for the Finals and are filmed with our high definition front row video camera, and promoted on our social media channels.

OUR TEAM

We are an experienced team comprised of studio owners, industry professionals, and international choreographers who judge internationally and produce events worldwide. Our attention to detail along with remaining current and relevant to dancers has been key to our success. We aren’t just hosting a dance competition; we’re building a community that celebrates and respects all dance disciplines under one roof.

Regardless of your age, dance discipline, or level of experience, all are welcome at Artists Emerge where we continually strive to be your favourite dance competition.

Mark Ward

Mark Ward

Co-Founder & CEO

Luke Geldert

Luke Geldert

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Scott Forsyth

Scott Forsyth

Managing Partner

Liz Tookey

Liz Tookey

Technical Director

Danielle Salmon

Danielle Salmon

Event Director