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Encore performances 

The number of Encore Performances per discipline for the Festival Variety Showcase is determined by the percentage of entries in the current festival year.  The recommendations from the Adjudicators are chosen for their entertainment value and their excellence.  NEW 2019:  All Provincial Reps will be invited to perform their qualifying solo at this Show.  Alternates/MPs may be invited if the reps are not able to attend.

For the Dance Gala, we invite each studio represented to submit a performance along with an alternate.  The recommendations from the Adjudicators are chosen for their entertainment value and their excellence.  ]Gala provides an entertaining review of the Dance portion of our festival.

BOTH OUR WRAP UP SHOWS ARE FUNDRAISERS and we appreciate your support of these excellent shows.

Special Awards and Trophies

The following awards/trophies listed are received by festival participants through adjudicator recommendation along with board consultation when needed.   These are in addition to the awards that the participants in each discipline are eligible to receive from our donors (see #12 in the General rules section of our syllabus).   All awards listed below have been donated specifically for their discipline.  Receiving an award does not ensure a spot in the show.


Speech Arts

Primary Poet Award   ($)               

8 years and under – Solo     

Criteria: Participant must enter any 2 Poetry Classes; and obtain the highest average mark

Junior Poet Award ($)                    

10 years and under – Solo    

Criteria: Participant must enter a Monologue Class and a Poetry Class; and obtain the highest average mark

Speech Arts

Jim Rickson Merit Award ($)

Any age – Soloist

Criteria:  To be awarded to an eligible North Island Festival of Performing Arts Speech Arts participant, of any age, who, in the opinion of the adjudicator, demonstrates excellence as an all-round performer.  The recipient must have performed at least one of each of the following selections:  monologue, prose, and poetry, in the Festival in the year in which the award is given.  A single performer will only be eligible to receive this award once in the North Island Festival.


Most Promising Young Ballerina Award ($)           

9 years and under – Soloist    

Most Entertaining Trophy

Any age solo / small group / large group    

For the Love of Dance Trophy and Award ($) (in memory of Charlotte Rose Martell)

Any age – Soloist

Criteria: This award to go to a child of any age who shows a genuine love for dance. Recipient does not have to be the most talented or technical dancer, it’s to be awarded to a child who lives and breathes to dance, who has a genuine passion for it.  “To celebrate a child who cannot stand still when there is music playing, and loves to dance.”   This is exactly who Charlotte was. So young she had barely any training yet she was such an amazing little dancer as it was her own genuine love.


Most Entertaining Award   

Any age Small/Large Group

Helix Dance Theatre Society Award ($)

Any age – Soloist


Primary Jazz, Tap or Modern Stage Award ($)

9 years and under Soloist

Most Entertaining Award   

Any age – solo / duet

Most Entertaining Trophy

Any age – small group / large group

Hip Hop Awards

Most Entertaining Trophy

Any Age – solo / small group / large group


 Scholarship Information

North Island Festival of Performing Arts Student Scholarships

– Who is Eligible?

1. Participants living and studying with NIFPA boundaries, which are

School District 69        Qualicum/Parksville

School District 71        Comox Valley

School District 84        Vancouver Island West

School District 70        Alberni

School District 72        Campbell River

School District 85        Vancouver Island North

Powell River

2. Participants who have performed in two (2) consecutive festivals (including the year of  application) whose entries made them eligible for consideration as a representative at the Provincial Festival

3. In the year of application, applicants must be registering in a full-time or part-time post-secondary program at a recognized education institution.

4.Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

If eligible, all an applicant needs to do is send us an essay describing how festival has impacted their life.  Then submit by mail to our PO Box or email to  Deadline is April 30th.

Box 3193, Courtenay, BC, V9N 5N3

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